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Hugh Freeze Was Once Again Irritated By Questions At SEC Media Days

Hugh Freeze Was Once Again Irritated By Questions At SEC Media Days

"We don't think [about future suspensions]" Freeze said.

After his statement, the first question Freeze got was about Nutt's suit.

Nutt, who went 5-6 in his one season at BSU and then was hired to be the coach at Arkansas, was the Ole Miss football coach from 2008-11, posting a 24-26 record.

Freeze has led the Rebels the past five seasons, and Ole Miss has been under investigation by the NCAA for almost five years.

Former Ole Miss head football coach Houston Nutt filed a federal lawsuit against the university today alleging defamation.

Ole Miss received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA in 2016 that alleged 13 rules violations, including nine that happened during Freeze's tenure. "I have my opinions, but I just can't comment on the case".

On the one hand, Freeze said he was in a situation that he failed to stop.

"Seems like every year I've stood here, with the exception of my first, that there's other things that I have to talk about other than our kids", he said.

Later, Freeze admitted that his program did create the cloud swirling over it.

Nutt, who was the coach of Ole Miss from 2008 to 2011, claims in the suit that Freeze, Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell "reached an agreement in 2014 to carry out a carefully orchestrated misinformation campaign, the specific goal of which was to mislead the media, Ole Miss boosters, and potential recruiting prospects about the true nature of the matters that were being investigated by the NCAA".

Ole Miss is now appealing the results of an NCAA investigation that found the school and program staff members guilty of 15 Level I recruiting violations, including a lack of institutional control charge leveled against Freeze.

Nutt's complaint says Ole Miss engaged in "a carefully orchestrated misinformation campaign ... to mislead the media, Ole Miss boosters, and potential recruiting prospects". Ole Miss is disputing that charge, among others. I have great respect for Houston but can't comment on it because it is a legal matter.

Best case scenario: Pressed into playing late in his true freshman season last year, quarterback Shea Patterson, a five-star recruit, makes a quantum leap in his sophomore year and the Rebels take off on offense. I have never been around a group of guys and coaches that have worked as hard as we have in the spring and summer.

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