Reelin’ in the years

Dan Wolken raises the obvious question.

Rest assured, we are still closer to the beginning of this sordid story than the end. Details will come out. People who knew the double life Freeze was leading will come forward.

And suddenly, the question of what Ole Miss officials knew and when did they know it will become central to the narrative of how the school moves forward.

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. His public embrace of Christianity, and the genuinely good charitable work he did, provided good cover and an easy narrative for all those glowing national newspaper profiles. Those who doubted his genuineness were written off as jealous or agenda-driven.

Even on Monday after the reality settled in, people who knew Freeze at various stops along the way were dumbfounded. Dean Lee, the former Arkansas State athletics director who gave Freeze his first FBS head coaching job, said he did extensive background checks on Freeze and found nothing that would raise a red flag.

“Never a scent of anything that would have been inappropriate,” Lee said. “This is totally out of the blue. I don’t know what to think and what to believe.”

But if you’re Ole Miss — a school that hired him, kept extending his contract, gave him more and more money and threw people under the bus to protect him in a massive NCAA infractions case — how is it possible you knew nothing for five-plus years and then decided to fire him in a matter of a couple days?

I suspect the truth lies somewhere between the news being a shock and a convenient excuse.  One thing seems pretty certain, though.  Wolken’s right that there’s more to come.

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11 responses to “Reelin’ in the years

  1. Bulldog Joe

    No doubt his former employers are making CYA moves since the news came out.

    No idea what may or may not have taken place at the other career stops, but when Florida turns you down over ‘character concerns’, it raises a huge red flag.

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  2. PTC DAWG

    Coach wants to whore around, it’s between him and his Wife. IMHO…

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    • The Dawg abides

      Will you feel different if the allegations coming out from former female high school students at Briarcrest turn out to be true?

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Well that’s all well and good, but he signed the morality clause that’s clearly stated in the contract regarding personal behavior. It’s not like he’s some lone accountant in a back office space all day; hes a public, high profile employee responsible for the development of 18-22 year old impressionable men.

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    • Don’t you think this issue is evidence that other things he has said or done in his public role could be questioned?

      Also, he signed a contract that had this clause in it … so, yes, it is Ole Mi$$’s business.

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  3. carDAWGrapher

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  4. Hunkering Hank

    That double life will get you every time.

    “Be sure your sin will find you out.”

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  5. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I don’t care about the whoring so much as I care about the lying and self-rightousness. “If you have anything on our recruiting, let us know and we’ll address it.

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  6. AusDawg85

    Former AD’s and coaches all insist that background calls to Bambi, Ginger, Latasha and Veronica all attested to Hugh’s thoughtful mentoring and generosity with his time and money.

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  7. Captain Obvious

    it’s a lazy story once again by wolken. not much a cut above another OJ story. I need a shower.

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