The Hugh Freeze saga is far from over, and it took another turn on Monday.
Per Pat Forde, the phone used by the former Ole Miss coach when making at least one call to an escort service was provided to him by the school’s athletic foundation, not the university itself, said Houston Nutt’s attorney, Tom Mars.
The phone records of Freeze, which were requested as part of a lawsuit filed by Nutt against Ole Miss, led to his resignation from the university earlier this month, with athletic director Ross Bjork saying a pattern in the coach’s personal conduct led to his departure.
Most coaches at public universities are issued university-paid phones.
The Rebels, now led by interim coach Matt Luke, are facing NCAA violations due to events that occurred during the Freeze and Nutt eras. Nutt was the head coach at Ole Miss from 2008 to 2011.