“We call the wrong numbers all the time.”

As stunned as I was by the cosmically ironic revelation that Houston Nutt was able to wield the same instrument of his downfall at Arkansas to bring down Hugh Freeze, Freeze’s hubris is almost as stunning to me.

Forget about that obnoxious tweet about reporting recruiting infractions by his staff for a minute and concentrate on the here and now with this story:

USA Today reported Thursday that Freeze made a one-minute call from a university-issued phone to a number associated with a female escort service. The number was found during discovery related to former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s civil lawsuit against Ole Miss and Freeze, which was filed in federal court last week.

Bjork said six days of Freeze’s phone records from early January 2016 were turned over to Nutt’s attorney, and Freeze was allowed to redact personal phone calls before the records were released. Freeze failed to redact the 313 area code number in question, according to Bjork.

ESPN asked Freeze about the alleged phone call last week, and he denied purposely calling an escort service.

“We call the wrong numbers all the time,” Freeze said.

According to emails obtained by USA Today, Nutt’s attorney, Thomas Mars, sent an email to Ole Miss general counsel Lee Tyner, which referenced a “phone call Coach Freeze made that would be highly embarrassing for all of you and extremely difficult to explain.”

… At SEC media days, Freeze chose not to comment on Nutt but said that he was “disappointed by the timing of it” coming one day before he and his players arrived in Hoover, Alabama, for the event.

“This is the fifth year in a row I’ve been here and I can’t talk about our players,” Freeze said, wanting to turn the focus away from off-field issues. Freeze said he took responsibility for the ongoing NCAA investigation into the program, pointing out how the school self-imposed scholarship limitations and a bowl ban.

It’s a lot we inherited and caused in some cases,” Freeze said, alluding to the previous coaching staff.  [Emphasis added.]

To recap, then, the NCAA’s been shining a flashlight up your ass for more than a year, you tried to throw the Nuttster under the bus to deflect attention from your own actions, you wouldn’t back down when he asked for an apology, you received a pointed warning from Nutt’s attorney about your own behavior… and your response is to double down on Houston Nutt at SEC Media Days.

Remind me again why these guys think they’re so smart.

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13 responses to ““We call the wrong numbers all the time.”

  1. Huntindawg

    I’m sure there are a lot of shenanigans that went on and are still going on at Ole Miss. And I’m sure Freeze was wholly aware of payments to Tunsil, et al. But did he really intentionally call a Detroit (313) escort service while in Tampa (813)? I don’t know, but sometimes I think salacious allegations gather steam because they are salacious.

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    • Huntindawg

      Never mind. I read the article, and if it’s right then my question is answered in the affirmative. (If there is an edit feature here, I don’t know about it.)

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    • dawgtired

      The call was an accident by Freeze. He just talked to the service for a full minute explaining how he accidently dialed the number. Or maybe he said, “Well, while I have you on the phone…”

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    • The other Doug

      It would be obvious that it was a wrong number if the very next call was the right number.

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  2. Got Cowdog

    On the company phone, no less. So there is no subpoena necessary to discover the information.

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  3. Russ

    Man, this is hilarious! Couldn’t happen to a bigger douchebag.

    Now waiting for the hammer to drop on Ole Miss as well.

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  4. ASEF

    Beginning think that College Athletics as an industry leads the nation in dollars compensated per IQ point.

    Occam’s Razor in CFB would be something along the lines of Most Likely Explanation = Dumbest Possible Explanation.

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  5. Brandon

    Couldn’t even get a throwaway phone to do this business on??? Man, 5 million a year sure doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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  6. Macallanlover

    The ultimate “butt call”, pun intended.

    Freeze has been sleazy since he arrived and everyone knew the program had turned down a bad street. And how dumb has he been in how he has reacted to charges from every direction? Tunsil’s signing was all you had to know about where this would end, but you had to think a guy earning $5MM a year would be smarter than this. Can’t say I am unhappy with the fall of the Rebels after what they have covered up but I hate thinking negatively about them after all the good times with their fans in Athens and Oxford in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. How does Auburn keep skating?

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    • Down island way

      Ya see Mac, ol’ miss had only been in the cesspool for a short time [top scum], where as the flatliners have been the cesspool FOR EVVEER [sediment or to be exact, bottom fecal matter]. I’m hopeful this answers any future questions concerning skating.

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  7. “Remind me again why these guys think they’re so smart.” Because they make 5 million a year and they can and do hire a lot of people to tell them how smart they are and/or assist them in looking a lot smarter than they really are. My personal question is why did all the genius ,super well connected reporters who actually get paid to know what is going on not see this coming. Somehow I think Finebaum ,Schlabach and Barnhart should have had sources on this type of behavior. There is plenty of stupid to go around. Final thought , just because you’ve been caught thinking with the wrong head don’t make you stupid….just a guy.
    Final final thought Chris Rock.. a great philosopher once said ,” A man is only as faithful as his options” and 5 million buys a lot of options.

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    • JCDAWG83

      Sports media is like the DC media, they aren’t going to report on anything that might limit their “access”. Finebaum, et al, aren’t going to go looking for scandals, they want the coaches and players willing to talk to them and give them more drivel to put on their idiotic talk/call in shows.

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  8. 69Dawg

    I still think that this was either the tip of the iceberg for Freeze messing around or the school had finally realized that they were going to get hammered by the NCAA if they kept defending Freeze. This was a golden opportunity to fire him while not making the diehard Freeze supporters go ape. Nothing like a sex scandal in the south to bring out the torches, just ask Arkansas. Now the NCAA can just accept the self imposed punishment and the HC being gone and close the books.

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