Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze asked for emails, and did they ever come

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, right, celebrate after the team's 41-24 win over No. 25 Mississippi State in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, right, celebrate after the team's 41-24 win over No. 25 Mississippi State in an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Fed up with the innuendo swirling around a recruiting class that was becoming increasingly high-profile, Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze tweeted a provocation of sorts five days before national signing day: If you have evidence I’m cheating, send my compliance guy an email.

Eighty-five times over the next few days, someone did.

That’s according to Ole Miss’ general counsel office, which gave 54 of those emails to The Commercial Appeal this week in response to the newspaper’s public records request for them. Since the email address Freeze tweeted was an olemiss.edu address, whatever came to and from it was a public record, according to Mississippi law.

Citing the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the school redacted the names of recruits mentioned in the emails.

The released emails were ones the compliance staff had already scoured and determined did not include a violation; the school withheld the ones that contain information Ole Miss is still examining. The school continues to look into the veracity of 31 of them. (The newspaper’s request for those emails remains in force.) “We are continuing our due diligence on the remaining emails but at this point have found no evidence of violations,” Matt Ball, Ole Miss’ senior associate athletic director for compliance, wrote in an email.

A significant chunk of the 54 emails released Wednesday were from Georgia fans apparently upset over the recruiting battle for Laremy Tunsil, a 5-star offensive lineman from Lake City, Fla. He signed with Ole Miss.

Continue reading at The Commercial Appeal.

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Volunatic writes:

Props to Ole Miss for examining all of those.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

I sent an email to the address given by Freeze for the Ole Miss compliance and it was returned as not delivered.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Hugh Freeze has a way of exciting young athletes to sign with Ole Miss..Heck, he had Lambuth fb players drafted into the NFL.

UTVolWarrior98 writes:

Come on guys, something DOES stink down there in Oxford! Im sorry, there is no freakin way that POS school can get a class like that out of the blue the way they did. Somethings gotta give here. Its TOO fishy!

eVOLved writes:

It's not unusual for an unusually successful person to get accused of cheating. Look at what happened to Lance Armstrong.

Kidding!

Voluvr writes:

IF somethings going on here it won't surface for 4 years or sooner if a disgruntled player leaves earlier.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Rather than whine about not cheating and calling examiners out, just put it all out there Ole Miss and let the public know it is all clean. But you better make sure it is clean and if not, put that out there quickly. If not, you will be slammed in more ways than you can imagine. As for inquirers, guess what? That's the world we now live in, get accustomed to it or get out of it. All the hype and attention will be going nowhere. Otherwise, you still have some tough SEC west teams to beat before you even sniff the SEC Championship game. Good luck on that.

murrayvol writes:

If Ed Orgeron could coach, he would be like Hugh Freeze.

BTW how does one get a name like Freeze??

movol77 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

If Ed Orgeron could coach, he would be like Hugh Freeze.

BTW how does one get a name like Freeze??

Ask Batman

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to movol77:

Ask Batman

Or the heat miser..

Rumblefish writes:

If you ain't cheatin...you ain't tryin!

FACT

stevefrommemphis writes:

Send his "compliance guy" an email? If I ever find out anything on any Tennessee opponent, my email will be sent directly to the NCAA. Not to Slive, not to some "compliance guy" at the offending school, but straight to Indianapolis.

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