Ole Miss trolls Hugh Freeze with his own date after beating Liberty: ‘Please don’t smear these young men’

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There seems to be no love lost between the Ole Miss soccer show and its former coach, Hugh Freeze. The Rebels social media team made that clear after Ole Miss’s 27-14 win on Saturday against Liberty.

Freeze, now a coach at Liberty, made his first return to Oxford, Miss., On Saturday since resigning as the Rebels head coach before the start of the 2017 college football season. His five-year tenure with the Rebels was marked with a 39-25 record, four winning seasons, two of which ended with Ole Miss in the top 25, and two wins over Nick Saban’s Alabama team. But it ended in controversy, not only because Freeze used a university-issued phone to call an escort service, but also because the show was accused of NCAA violations and misleading recruits.

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In fact, Freeze was dealing with allegations against his show several years before his eventual resignation. On February 2, 2013, he tweeted the following: “If you have data on a violation, please send it to @ compliance @ olemiss.edu. Otherwise, do not defame these young people or insult their family (sic).”

Ole Miss’s soccer Twitter account returned that quote to Freeze in a tweet that has since been deleted after the Rebels’ 27-14 win on Saturday:

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Nothing like a little meanness to go along with a game of revenge. If you’re wondering why Ole Miss would target her former coach, it’s because the NCAA concluded that Ole Miss under Freeze had cheated 15 times, breaking the draft rules and allowing players who did not maintain the required academic standard to play. The resulting penalties included stripping the Rebels of 33 wins, retroactively giving Freeze a 12-25 record at Ole Miss. The team was also banned from playing in the postseason for two years, suffered loss of scholarships for four years, and was put on probation for three years.

The Rebels were 15-21 in three seasons with coach Matt Luke following Freeze’s resignation. They had no winning seasons; The best was a 6-6 outing in 2017. Lane Kiffin has nearly equaled Luke’s winning record in more than a season, reaching a 12-7 record after Saturday’s win.

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Ole Miss was largely dominant in the victory, as quarterback Matt Corral completed 20 of 27 passes for 324 yards and a touchdown; running back Jerrion Ealy Jr. had 10 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns; and wide receivers Dennis Jackson (six catches, 126 yards, one touchdown) and John-Rhys Plumlee (seven catches, 110 yards) also had standout days.

Additionally, the Rebels’ defense, which has not been a strength for this team, limited Flames quarterback Malik Willis to a 16-of-25 game in the air. He threw just 173 yards and threw three interceptions. Willis rushed 27 times for 71 yards and a score, while Shedro Louis rushed seven times for 101 yards and another touchdown. Joshua Mack also rushed 19 times for 98 yards in the loss.

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