Hugh Freeze threatened to have Washington Post reporter arrested

Hugh Freeze
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Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze, who resigned July 20 rather than be fired for what the school called “moral turpitude,” threatened a Washington Post reporter with arrest after he attempted to question Freeze at his house.

The Post wrote that reporter Will Hobson tried to question the coach about former staffer Barney Farrar; Freeze declined to answer and said he would call the police and have Hobson arrested.

Farrar is a former associate athletic director for junior college and high school relations at Ole Miss. The school dismissed him in December.

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Farrar’s attorney, Bruse Loyd, said earlier this summer that the school was scapegoating Farrar, and he reiterated that to the Post. “I think they thought that Barney would just go quietly into the night. And he didn’t,” Loyd told the newspaper.

On December 1, Farrar told the Post he spoke with NCAA investigators and members of the Ole Miss legal team. A week later, he was fired. He told the newspaper a letter from Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork said, “You have not met our expectations with respect to university policies and NCAA rules compliance. Therefore, effective immediately, we are terminating your job duties.”

Ole Miss is scheduled to appear before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on September 11.

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