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Hugh Freeze’s phone call to escort service was discovered by a Mississippi State fan

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Hugh Freeze resigned as Ole Miss coach last Thursday following the initial discovery of a one-minute call made to an escort service.

That call, as it turned out, was found by a self-described Mississippi State fan, ESPN.com detailed Monday.

Steve Robertson, who also has covered Bulldogs athletics as a writer since 2001, came across the call when he was looking through Freeze’s phone records on July 5. When he saw a 313 area code on a call made on Jan. 19, 2016, he looked the full number up on a Google search where he learned that it was tied to a female escort service.

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Robertson then later called Thomas Mars, an attorney representing former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt in his defamation lawsuit against Ole Miss, and shared the revelation.

While Freeze claimed the call was a “misdial,” Ole Miss discovered a “pattern of misconduct” after going back and reviewing his phone records.

Freeze’s call – and other discovered calls – were made on a university-issued phone, which makes them public record.

Robertson was reviewing Freeze’s phone records for research purposes for an upcoming book he’s writing when he came across the call with the 313 area code.

Matt Luke will serve as Ole Miss’ interim coach this season.

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