Hugh Freeze resigns as Ole Miss head football coach

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Hugh Freeze has resigned as Ole Miss' coach effectively immediately, the school announced Thursday.

Freeze's decision came immediately on the heels of reports from Yahoo! USA Today reports that Freeze made a phone call from a university phone given to him to a number tied to an escort service.

Assistant head coach Matt Luke has been named interim head coach.

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Ole Miss and former coach Houston Nutt have been embroiled in a legal battle over what Nutt considers a smear campaign in the wake of a massive NCAA investigation into the Ole Miss football program. He moved to tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator the following year. The school has already self-imposed several penalties, including a one-year postseason ban for the upcoming season.

Freeze went 39-25 in six seasons at Mississippi.

Nutt filed a defamation lawsuit last week against Ole Miss and its athletic foundation in relation to how the school has handled an NCAA investigation into its football program. The first alleged 13 rules violations, including nine that were classified as Level I, which the governing body deems the most serious.

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Officials from Bucks County requested a Philadelphia Police K-9 unit to help with Thursday's search. The 20-year-old attended Arcadia University in Glendale, Pennsylvania for one semester in fall 2015.

Yahoo Sports obtained Freeze's phone records from Mars, whose client is suing Ole Miss for breach of contract.

Nutt contends the false narrative has hurt his prospects of landing another Football Bowl Subdivision head coaching job and that it violated a non-disparagement clause in his termination agreement.

Freeze is also known as being the head coach at Briarcrest Christian Schools in Memphis, where he coached Michael Oher and Greg Hardy.

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