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Paul Finebaum gives cryptic explanation after claiming Hugh Freeze’s resignation involved more than escort call

Nick Cole

Paul Finebaum believes there’s more to Hugh Freeze’s resignation than a single call to a Florida escort service. But he’s going to leave it up to the rest of us to speculate for now.

During a Monday morning interview with WJOX’s The Morning Drive, Finebaum was in the midst of a rant on college football’s “war on the media” when he let a little tidbit of information out on the recent resignation of former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

“I really don’t believe that the firing of Hugh Freeze has very much to do with one misdialed call to an escort service,” Finebaum offered up without provocation. “I have my own theory on why he was fired, but that’s the story that most are disseminating– that he was fired for a call to an escort service. But if you had the whole truth, it had less to do with that and more to do with something else.”

Former Alabama QB Jay Barker, who is one of the hosts of the popular morning talk show, followed that statement with an attempt to get Finebaum to spill the beans on what he knows about the situation.

Here’s how that exchange went down:

Barker: “Gotta ask you. I mean, you just said it’s not just that or what everybody perceives. What do you think it was that got Hugh Freeze fired at Ole Miss?”

Finebaum: “Well, Jay you need to become a reporter with a question like that. I think it’s along that trail, or under that category– I should say– of misconduct. Let me say this and then I probably won’t say much else. I don’t believe it has as much to do with escort services as something else. Let me put it that way.”

The discussion concluded with both the radio hosts and Finebaum agreeing that there was something else there if Freeze was willing to forgo the money he was owed by offering his resignation.

While the ongoing NCAA investigation was long considered a threat to Freeze’s employment in Oxford, it appears as though there may be at least one more issue that was haunting the Ole Miss coach.

Freeze was replaced by interim coach Matt Luke last month. He will attempt to lead the Rebels to a successful season in the face of a bowl ban and in the midst of what figures to be a very public coaching search during the season.