Auburn brings in Hugh Freeze, but hiring comes with baggage

Auburn brings in Hugh Freeze, but hiring comes with baggage

In the past few days, since reports of Hugh Freeze being hired by Auburn began to surface, the football coach’s past transgressions have come to the fore again, NCAA violations under his watch at Ole Miss to his use of social media. The overall backlash was part of the rejection of Freeze’s hiring on social media and in the email inboxes of athletic director John Cohen, school president Chris Roberts and other school board members. administration of Auburn.

Fans expressed their dismay at Freeze’s candidacy on several fronts. Some reacted to Freeze’s responses to tweets posted by a student who sued Liberty, Freeze’s former employer, for his inaction regarding sexual assault allegations before Freeze arrived. Other fans have been bothered by additional scandals that have followed Freeze in the past.

The incidents date back to the late 1990s, when three women who were students at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis recounted USA today in 2017 that Freeze made them uncomfortable with inappropriate behavior. That year, the coach was forced to resign from Mississippi after an internal investigation revealed “a disturbing pattern” of calls to escort services on his school-issued cell phone. When the program was being investigated for NCAA violations, Freeze and others at the school attempted to paint the situation on rookies and the media as an issue primarily involving other sports or its predecessor. , Houston Nutt. When the NCAA’s lengthy Notice of Allegations came out, it was proven wrong: The violations resulted in a two-year postseason ban and significant recruiting restrictions.

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