Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze resigned effective immediately on Thursday night, with the Rebels’ athletic director telling ESPN that school officials found a pattern that included phone calls to a number associated with a female escort service.
Assistant head coach Matt Luke, in his sixth season as co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, was named interim head coach.
Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter, in a Thursday night news conference announcing the move, said Freeze, 47, resigned after confirming to him and athletic director Ross Bjork “a pattern of personal conduct inconsistent with the standard of expectations for the leader of our football team.”
“While Coach Freeze served our university well in many regards during his tenure, we simply cannot accept the conduct in his personal life that we have discovered,” Vitter said.
Bjork and Vitter met with Freeze on Wednesday night and again on Thursday, when Freeze offered his resignation.