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Hugh Freeze’s foundation going on hiatus following scandal that led to resignation

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Hugh Freeze’s foundation will go on a hiatus following a scandal that led to his recent resignation as the head coach at Ole Miss.

Freeze Foundation executive director Alice Blackmon told USA TODAY on Tuesday that it will stop fundraising for the time being and reassess its future at the end of the year. The foundation’s website and Twitter account also have been removed.

Freeze stepped down as Ole Miss coach last Thursday after the school discovered a “pattern of misconduct” while reviewing his phone records on his university-issued phone.

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Ole Miss investigated the records after it became aware of a one-minute call he made to a female escort service on Jan. 19, 2016.

Had Freeze not resigned, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said the school “would have exercised the termination clause in the contract for moral turpitude.”

The Freeze Foundation is a non-profit organization serving to help orphans and needy children globally. Its first full year as a charity was in 2015.

Despite its hiatus, though, Blackmon said the Freeze Foundation will honor its pledges to Palmer Home for Children, Reclaimed Project and The 410 Bridge for this year.

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