Hugh Freeze made calls ‘of a similar nature’ over several years while on recruiting trips

Hugh Freeze 2014

Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork told the Wall Street Journal that a university investigation turned up a “pattern” of calls like the one that has been publicized as leading to Hugh Freeze’s resignation.

Bjork told the newspaper that the investigation uncovered “calls of a similar nature” over the course of several years, often matching up with travel logs showing the coach’s use of the school plane.

“When we say pattern, we are describing other phone numbers that when you Google them, pull up similar type websites, services, however you would describe them,” Bjork told the Journal. “We took action swiftly.”

The Journal reported that the school said it examined Freeze’s travel logs from peak recruiting times when Freeze would travel out of state, using the school plane and other public resources. Officials told the WSJ that when the findings were presented to Freeze, he admitted his misconduct and agreed to resign.

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The newspaper detailed one such incident. The WSJ reported that on January 19, 2016, Freeze flew to Tampa on a recruiting trip; a few hours after landing, phone records showed Freeze’s school phone called a number linked to an escort service in that city.

The Journal said W.G. Watkins, Freeze’s lawyer, declined to comment and that Freeze couldn’t be reached for comment.

The newspaper’s story referenced Freeze’s frequent mention of his faith and noted that on that morning, Freeze tweeted out a message about looking ahead and seeking “God’s way – all sin confessed u must forget.”

A Freeze friend and mentor Michael Catt, the senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., told GN last month that Freeze “has shared his remorse with me.”

“For the fans, Hugh knows he’s a flawed man and appreciates their thoughts during this time,” Catt said.

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