Hugh Freeze says family standing behind him after resignation from Ole Miss

Hugh Freeze says family standing behind him after resignation from Ole Miss

Former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze made his first public comments since resigning last week in a story published by USA Today Sports on Wednesday.

When asked if his family is standing behind him despite a “pattern of personal misconduct” —¬†including at least one phone call to an escort service —¬†that led to his departure from the Rebels, Freeze answered “oh gosh, yeah.” Freeze is married with three teenage daughters.

“God is good, even in difficult times,” Freeze said. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.”

The impromptu interview with Freeze took place Wednesday outside his Oxford, Miss., home while he was clearing brush from his yard. He told USA Today he’s been getting out of the house regularly despite the negative public attention.

“The girls have volleyball and then I’ll watch them,” Freeze said. “I know I’m going to meet with my pastor tonight, too.”

Freeze’s sudden resignation came while Ole Miss remains embroiled in an NCAA investigation into allegations regarding improper benefits to players and recruits. Freeze was named in several of the charges, and is expected to meet with the NCAA Committee on Infractions alongside his old school at some point this fall.

Offensive line coach Matt Luke was elevated to interim head coach upon Freeze’s resignation. The Rebels begin practice later this week and open the 2017 season at home Sept. 2 against South Alabama.

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Published at Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:44:00 +0000