Ole Miss Apologizes After Official Twitter Account Mocks Former Coach Hugh Freeze

Erin WalshNovember 6, 2021

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze looks towards his team during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021. Mississippi won 27-14. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze, who formerly coached Ole Miss, received an apology from the Rebels on Saturday after the school's Twitter account mocked him following a 27-14 win over the Flames.

"These tweets were unfortunate and not who we are in Ole Miss athletics," Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter told ESPN's Chris Low. "When I found out about them, they were immediately taken down. I have spoken with (Liberty athletic director) Ian McCaw to relay my sincere apology. We will work to do better in the future."

The Ole Miss Twitter account included in a since-deleted post a photo of Freeze coaching from a hospital bed two years ago while recovering from surgery for a herniated disc in his back.

Kevin McGuire @KevinOnCFB

Oh, Ole Miss can delete the tweets, but the internet will ALWAYS have receipts. <a href="https://t.co/LQgOXHjs0z">pic.twitter.com/LQgOXHjs0z</a>

Despite the tweets, Freeze said he felt welcomed in his return to Ole Miss:

"For (wife) Jill and I, it was an answered prayer the reception we got," Freeze said. "We heard zero negative things, and it was incredible to visit with friends Friday and Saturday. The people there were so kind to us. Ole Miss has a really good football team, and I'm glad to see them winning again."

Freeze, who coached the Rebels from 2012 to 2016, resigned from Ole Miss in 2017 after a "pattern of inappropriate conduct" that included a "one-minute call made from Freeze's University-issued phone to a number associated with a female escort service," according to USA Today's Dan Wolken.

Ole Miss committed 15 Level I violations while Freeze was the head coach, resulting in the loss of 33 wins (fielding ineligible players), a two-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions.

The 52-year-old went 39-25 in his five seasons as head coach of the Rebels. His best season came in 2016, when Ole Miss went 10-3 and defeated Oklahoma State University in the Sugar Bowl.

Freeze became head coach at Liberty in 2019 and is 25-9 overall and 7-3 this season following Saturday's loss.