Hugh Freeze had faded from the public spotlight just as suddenly as his shocking resignation as coach at Ole Miss last Thursday. He finally emerged on Wednesday.
Freeze spoke with USA TODAY, making his first public comments since he stepped down.
“God is good, even in difficult times,’’ Freeze said. “Wonderful wife and family, and that’s my priority.’’
Freeze was emphatic when asked whether his family is supporting him despite the university uncovering a “pattern of personal misconduct” in relation to calls he made from his Ole Miss-issued phone to a female escort service.
“Oh, gosh, yeah,’’ Freeze said.
During the brief interview with USA TODAY, Freeze mentioned that he’ll be out and about at his girls’ volleyball games and spend time with friends in Memphis. He also said he plans to meet with his pastor on Wednesday.
Freeze was preparing to enter his sixth season as the head coach in Oxford before his tenure came to a crashing halt. Rebels athletic director Ross Bjork made it clear that the school would’ve exercised the termination clause had Freeze not resigned.
Former Ole Miss co-offensive coordinator/OL coach Matt Luke has taken over in an interim capacity.