One writer suggests “whispers” about Hugh Freeze’s personal behavior had followed the coach long before he became a recognizable figure in college football.
On Monday, USA Today’s Dan Wolken wrote an interesting column in which he asked, “What did Ole Miss know, [and] when did it know it?” Freeze resigned as Ole Miss’ coach last Thursday shortly before information came to light that he made “at least one” call to a female escort service. The same day, Ole Miss chancellor Jeff Vitter said Freeze resigned after “a pattern of misconduct inconsistent with the standard of this university” was discovered when examining Freeze’s phone records.
Included in Wolken’s piece is a fascinating paragraph in which Wolken referenced that some might have caught on to Freeze’s personal behavior long ago.
There’s no reason to be coy here: Whispers about Freeze’s personal behavior have followed him since long before he became a college head coach. But at every stop along the way, it was difficult to do much with those rumors because so many people who were around him on coaching staffs and in athletic departments spoke so highly of him.
It’s uncertain where those “whispers” came from, but it’s easy to look back and ask questions. At some point, if Freeze hopes to coach again, he’ll have to offer a public explanation for his behavior and present an apology.
Right now, there are more questions than answers when it comes to Freeze.