Hugh Freeze resigned as Ole Miss football coach last month after phone records unveiled a call placed to an escort service in Tampa, Fla. But that’s not the only call uncovered — and flight records now indicate Freeze was in Tampa at the time the call was placed.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton, the plane that Freeze used to take a recruiting trip to Tampa touched down in the city just hours before the one-minute call, which had previously been classified as a potential misdial, was placed.
A few hours after the plane touched down at 5:30 p.m. in Tampa, his school phone registered a call to a number linked to a female escort service in that city, according to phone records reviewed by the Journal.
At the time of Freeze’s resignation, Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork described the call as a part of a pattern of inappropriate conduct from Freeze. But no one knew exactly what that meant at the time.
Bjork opened up to the Wall Street Journal, clearing up some of the vagueness from the initial press conference.
Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said in response to questions from the Journal about Freeze’s travel that the university’s investigation uncovered “calls of a similar nature” over the course of several years, often matching up with travel logs showing the coach’s use of the school plane. The school said it examined his travel logs from peak recruiting times — often November, December and January — when Freeze would travel out of state, using the school plane and other public resources.
“When we say pattern, we are describing other phone numbers that when you Google them pull up similar type websites, services, however you would describe them,” Bjork said. “We took action swiftly.”
Matt Luke, the former co-offensive coordinator at Ole Miss, will serve as interim head coach this season. The Rebels, who are still subject to an NCAA investigation, are ineligible for postseason play.