Although much of the damage is already done, former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze can now save a little public face.
The university’s general counsel said Thursday that Freeze can review and redact phone records covering his time as coach of the Rebels, according to Josh Peter of USA TODAY.
Freeze resigned July 20 after a report of a call to a female escort service was discovered following a lawsuit filed by former coach Houston Nutt.
The university then reviewed the records and athletics director Ross Bjork said a “concerning pattern” was discovered. USA TODAY Sports then requested the records, resulting to the revelation from the university about Freeze’s ability to redact the records before they go public.
Ole Miss issued a letter to the publication stating that Freeze was issued the phone by the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation and that allowed him to make public and personal calls with it. Since the resignation is a personnel matter — and the foundation is a private, non-profit organization — Freeze has the right to redact the records before they are issued to the public.
USA TODAY also reported Ole Miss said it would pay for the cost to review all of Freeze’s records to redact students’ numbers, which the school said it must do to comply with federal privacy laws. Ole Miss estimated it would cost $20,000.