Hugh Freeze’s friend/mentor to GN: ‘Coach Freeze has shared his remorse with me’

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Last Thursday, Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze resigned amid an NCAA investigation and after what AD Ross Bjork called a “concerning pattern of behavior.” The team is going through a whirlwind of emotions and that looks to include its former coach.

“Coach Freeze has shared his remorse with me,” Michael Catt, the senior pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., told GN. “I’ve been in contact with him almost daily since last Thursday.”

Catt met Freeze six years ago and has been a friend and mentor since.

Freeze’s only public comment came Wednesday to USA Today. That was not planned: Freeze was outside his home and a reporter walked up and started asking questions.

As for remorse, Catt said Freeze is sorry for everything this has caused the Ole Miss family.

“They are his family,” Catt said. “He loves that place. He has shared with me how heartbroken he is over this and how very sorry he is for hurting the fans.”

Catt shared a message that Freeze sent him:

Freeze has been spending time with his wife, Jill, and also has been in contact with his longtime mentor, Ken Smith. Smith runs Ken Smith Ministries and is a former chaplain for Bobby Bowden; he first met Freeze at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ coaches’ camp in North Carolina.

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

Freeze was 39-25 in his five seasons at Ole Miss, including 19-21 in the SEC.

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