More of Hugh Freeze’s phone records were uncovered on Friday and they show that the former Ole Miss coach made hundreds of calls to booster Lee Harris, who is also named in the NCAA’s investigation.
Per USA Today’s Dan Wolken, Freeze and Harris called each other over 200 times, beginning in January of 2015 and running through the end of Freeze’s reign at Ole Miss. The phone calls continued through the NCAA’s investigation of Harris and his involvement with the school.
Freeze’s attorney does not believe that the Ole Miss coach and Harris spoke about the NCAA case, which would be a potential violation of bylaw 10.1 relating to unethical conduct.
Harris owns a restaurant in Oxford, Ms., and the NCAA has alleged that Harris provided free food and cash to Leo Lewis, who is now a linebacker at Mississippi State. Ole Miss has disputed Lewis’ claims but the NCAA, who gave Lewis immunity in the case, views him as credible witness.
Per Wolken, Harris turned over phone records that showed he had texted and called Lewis before National Signing Day 2015. Harris had previously told NCAA investigators he had not talked with Lewis.
The phone records show that a majority of the phone calls between Freeze and Harris took place in 2016 but the calls became less frequent as the NCAA’s investigation went on.
The Ole Miss’ Committee on Infractions meeting is set for Sept. 11 and Lewis, along with Freeze, is expected to be present.
Freeze resigned in July after it came out that he had called an escort service. He was replaced by Matt Luke. The Rebels open their 2017 season at home against South Alabama. Ole Miss will not go to a bowl game in 2017 as it self-imposed a ban.
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