Hugh Freeze is no longer the coach at Ole Miss after he resigned a couple weeks ago because of an investigation conducted by USA Today and former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt’s attorney. The newspaper found phone records from a cell phone issued by the school and used by Freeze to call an escort service. It seems this may not be his first run-in with naughty behavior.
USA Today also found troubling allegations stemming from his time as a coach at Briarcrest Christian School in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Several former students have come forward with their own stories about how Freeze mistreated them and acted inappropriately in their presence. One such story revolves around Katie Dalmasso who was an eighth grader in 1999 and said that Freeze made her change clothes right in his office.
“Coach Freeze pulled me in his office and told me that my shirt represented drugs,’’ Dalmasso said. “I said, ‘I’ll go change in the bathroom,’ and when I said that he said, ‘No, you’re going to change in here so I get the (Grateful Dead) shirt and you can’t have it back.’
“He didn’t do anything sexual. But I stood in the corner and faced the wall when I did it and I changed out of my shirt. No privacy.’’
Another anonymous female student — she spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because she said she fears reprisal — spoke about a time when she requested a paddling instead of detention. Rather than have a female teacher or administrator do it, Freeze took it upon himself to paddle her and she said that he “did some bizarre warm-up taunt before actually making contact.” She went on to say that she was “humiliated” that he didn’t have a female in the room.
For what it’s worth, Freeze has vehemently denied these allegations and has called them false.
“These accusations are totally false. I can unequivocally say that during my time at Briarcrest Christian School I handled disciplinary issues professionally and in accordance with the school’s policy,” he said in a statement to USA Today. “I am very confident that the members of the administration who worked hand in hand with me during my tenure will verify that.”
This is clearly a battle of “he said-she said”, but will more shes appear now that some people have found the courage to tell their stories to the public?
[h/t College Football Talk]