Freeze's phone records show 100s of calls to 'disassociated booster'
Another chapter in the Hugh Freeze saga unfolded Friday, and once again it's not a good look for the former Ole Miss head coach.
A review of phone records has revealed Freeze and "disassociated booster" Lee Harris called each other "at least 200 times between January 2015 and the end of Freeze's tenure last month," according to Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports.
Harris doesn't have a clean past with the university, as he allegedly provided a recruit with cash and free food at his Oxford, Miss. restaurant. According to Wolken, Harris was deemed to have provided false information in an interview with the NCAA on Nov. 16, 2016 pertaining to its ongoing investigation into Ole Miss for alleged violations.
The phone calls could be seen as an opportunity for Freeze and Harris to exchange information. Freeze's attorney, H.G. Watkins, asserts, however, that his client did no such thing.
“I believe that unequivocally,” Watkins said. “One thing Hugh Freeze has done throughout this is not discuss the case with anyone. Part of the problem with NCAA rules is the school can’t talk about the case with Hugh Freeze and he can’t talk about the case with his coaches or players. He’s isolated in all this. That’s why I can say categorically he didn’t talk about the case.”
Freeze resigned from Ole Miss on July 20 after a reported "misdial" to an escort service, however athletic director Ross Bjork stated that, upon investigation, Freeze's phone records revealed "a pattern that was troubling."
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