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Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork said former HC Hugh Freeze would have been fired for cause had he not resigned.

Freeze resigned as the head coach at Ole Miss on Thursday after it became known that least one call from his university-issued cell phone was placed to an escort service. Freeze told Yahoo! Sports that the call was a misdial. Bjork responded by writing that "further vetting of Freeze’s phone records disclosed a ‘pattern of conduct’ that led the school administration to confront Freeze this week" and that the "moral turpitude" clause in Freeze’s contract would have been invoked in a firing had Freeze not stepped down first. According to Bjork, Freeze received no buyout and no settlement. OL coach Matt Luke was named interim head coach.
Source: Yahoo
Jul 22 - 2:37 PM

Ole Miss sophomore WR D.K. Metcalf broad jumps 11’1" and vertical jumps 37.5 inches.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder is a physical marvel. Metcalf power cleans 350, bench presses 330 and boasts a 4.46 forty. A former star hurdler and triple-jumper in high school, D.K. is the son of former Ole Miss and Chicago Bears offensive lineman Terrence Metcalf.
Source: SI
Jul 22 - 1:27 PM

Ole Miss three-star 2019 CB Bobby Wolfe reopened his recruitment.

Wolfe (6'2/175) becomes the first player to decommit from Ole Miss in the wake of HC Hugh Freeze's resignation on Thursday. While no pledges in the 2018 class have backed off their commitments as of yet, those might start to filter out in the coming days. Three-star 2018 OL commit Blaine Scott told ESPN, "Right now I'm just laying low. I will make a decision in a few days." Realistically, it's going to be a very tough hill to climb for Ole Miss to remain legitimately relevant in recruiting for the foreseeable future.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 21 - 4:23 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell writes that "things will get no better" on the recruiting front for Ole Miss.

"[Former HC Hugh] Freeze could at least sell two wins over Alabama, a solid 39-25 record and multiple first-round draft picks despite the ominous NCAA cloud," Farrell notes. "Now Ole Miss has just the cloud, and it is getting more and more threatening." We were already seeing the fallout from NCAA rules violations prior to Freeze's resignation for personal misconduct on Thursday, with the Rebs falling from a Rivals class ranking of No. 7 back in 2013 to a limp No. 39 for the 2017 cycle. We would not be surprised to see them drop even further than that in the current cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 21 - 1:47 PM

Ole Miss OL coach Matt Luke has been named the team's interim head coach.

Luke will take over for Hugh Freeze, who resigned on Thursday due to revelations regarding calls to an escort service. He has been on staff with Ole Miss for the past 10 seasons, having served as OL coach and co-offensive coordinator for the last six seasons. Luke has his work cut out for him given the late date of Freeze's resignation.
Jul 20 - 9:13 PM

Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze has resigned.

Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde indicated on Thursday evening that "explosive new information" had Freeze facing a potential firing. We know what that information is now -- USA Today's Dan Wolken is reporting that Freeze made a one-minute call to a number associated with an escort service on a university-issued phone on January 19, 2016. Per Wolken, this arose as information in talks between "the university’s legal counsel and the attorney for former Rebels football coach Houston Nutt." Nutt is suing the university for an alleged smear campaign in the wake of numerous NCAA violations being levied against the program, violations which they have tried to steer away from Freeze. Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork cited Freeze's personal misconduct (and not the NCAA violations) when speaking with ESPN regarding the resignation, saying that university officials discovered a pattern of phone calls. With the season just over a month away, OL coach Matt Luke has been named interim head coach.
Source: USA Today
Jul 20 - 8:06 PM

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reports that "explosive new information has put Ole Miss [head] coach Hugh Freeze's job in immediate jeopardy."

Forde writes that "a decision should come soon." We would assume that this relates in some way to the mass of NCAA violations being levied against Freeze, but expect further information to surface in the coming days. On top of the NCAA's probe, former Rebs HC Houston Nutt is also suing the university for what he claims is a smear campaign against him to attempt to shift the blame in the ongoing investigation into various possible forms of shadiness at Ole Miss. Stay tuned.
Jul 20 - 7:37 PM

During his time on the podium at SEC Media Days late Thursday morning, Ole Miss HC Hugh Freeze declined to comment on former HC Houston Nutt's lawsuit against the university.

Nutt's lawsuit against the university, the university's athletics foundation, and its Board of Trustees accused Freeze, Rebels AD Ross Bjork and sports information director Kyle Campbell of smearing him in an attempt to pin its ongoing investigation on him. It included a handful of damning accusations. "I would absolutely love to share my opinion on that but unfortunately it’s a legal case and I can’t comment," Freeze said of the Nutt lawsuit. Freeze, his football program and the university are scheduled to appear in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions later this year. It's becoming harder to conceive of how Freeze will hold onto this job in the long run.
Jul 13 - 1:53 PM

Former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt filed a lawsuit against the university, the university's athletics foundation, and its Board of Trustees claiming that Rebels AD Ross Bjork, HC Hugh Freeze and sports information director Kyle Campbell smeared him.

In the suit, a fascinating, detail-intensive read, Nutt claims that he's been the victim of a "smear campaign" by the Ole Miss program that aimed to pin its ongoing NCAA investigation on him. "Citing phone records obtained from the school, the suit details numerous 'off the record' communications in January '16 from Freeze and Bjork to media members that allegedly influenced reporting on the [notice of allegations], resulting in stories and social media posts that portrayed the violations as having primarily occurred during Nutt's tenure," Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports reported. When the NOA was made public, it showed that a majority of the 21 violations relating to the football program happened under Freeze, not Nutt. Nutt's suit goes into specifics, and also devoted a section to taking shots at Freeze’s character. Nutt is seeking damages to cover a variety of costs. Freeze, meanwhile, is set to take the podium at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Get your popcorn ready.
Jul 12 - 5:24 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough believes Ole Miss redshirt sophomore RB Eric Swinney "might be the most talented runner on the roster."

Between QB Shea Patterson and his promising trio of receivers (A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Van Jefferson), the Rebels' passing attack is going to be strong once again this fall. Will Ole Miss be able to keep defenses honest with an effective running game as well? Swinney, Rivals' No. 115 overall prospect in 2015, has missed each of his first two seasons with injuries. He's competing with Jordan Wilkins for touches.
Source: ESPN
Jun 28 - 3:05 PM

Ole Miss and Troy will play each other to open the 2022 season.

The showdown will kick off on September 3, 2022 in Oxford, Mississippi. This will be just the second time Ole Miss and Troy have played -- in their one previous match-up, the Rebs came away with a 51-21 victory in 2013. Ole Miss now has their non-conference slate set for the 2022 season. Beyond their scheduled opener against Troy, they will take on Central Arkansas and Tulsa (home games) and Georgia Tech (road).
Jun 23 - 6:54 PM

Ole Miss and Texas Tech announced they will open the 2018 season at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

The contest will be the 2018 rendition of the annual Advocare Texas Kickoff series, this upcoming season featuring LSU against BYU in Houston. NRG Stadium is the home of the NFL’s Texans.
Jun 23 - 3:58 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff predicts that Ole Miss senior edge rusher Marquis Haynes will finish with over 10 sacks this fall.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is an undersized terror off the edge for the Rebels. Last year, he recorded 11 TFL and seven sacks. Haynes has 24.5 sacks over three years on campus. The NFL would like him to add bulk before the draft next spring.
Source: ESPN
Jun 19 - 2:20 PM

Former Ole Miss QB and current East Mississippi Community College QB coach Bo Wallace was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Saturday night.

Wallace was hired by East Mississippi Community College (of 'Last Chance U' fame) in January. EMCC HC Buddy Stephens told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that Wallace had taken prescription medication after working at a youth camp on Saturday. He then subsequently fell asleep at the wheel and hit another vehicle after leaving the camp. Wallace was arrested at 11:06 PM Saturday night and released after two hours, when he posted bond.
Jun 18 - 3:07 PM

Ole Miss redshirt sophomore WR Van Jefferson holds a starting job heading into the summer.

First-year offensive coordinator Phil Longo has said that the Rebels will probably play six-to-eight receivers a game, which may end up slightly hindering the overall numbers of presumed starters A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Jefferson. But Longo's offenses at Sam Houston State put up enormous offensive numbers -- particularly in the passing game -- so the Ole Miss trio is certainly worth keeping an eye on. Jefferson had 49 receptions for 543 yards and three scores as a second-year freshman.
Jun 16 - 2:39 PM


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