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 Dan Wolken‏Verified account @DanWolken 8h8 hours ago

BREAKING: Records show 200+ calls between Freeze, disassociated booster named in NCAA allegations https://usat.ly/2xbPniq  via @usatoday

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and disassociated booster Lee Harris, who allegedly gave a recruit cash and free food at his Oxford, Miss., restaurant, called each other at least 200 times between January 2015 and the end of Freeze’s tenure last month, according to records reviewed by USA TODAY Sports.

The phone calls included the period in which Harris became a part of the NCAA’s investigation into Ole Miss and continued before and after his interview with the NCAA on Nov. 16, 2016, in which he provided information that was determined to be false.

Freeze was not named or deemed culpable in the specific NCAA allegation related to Harris, and it is not publicly known what the two men discussed in the calls. According to Freeze’s attorney, W.G. Watkins, Freeze and Harris met by “happenstance” sitting next to each other at church at some point after Harris’ alleged violations occurred, formed a relationship and played golf together. Watkins said Freeze never discussed the NCAA case with Harris, which would potentially be a violation of bylaw 10.1 relating to unethical conduct.

“I believe that unequivocally,” Watkins said. “One thing Hugh Freeze has done throughout this is not discuss the case with anyone. Part of the problem with NCAA rules is the school can’t talk about the case with Hugh Freeze and he can’t talk about the case with his coaches or players. He’s isolated in all this. That’s why I can say categorically he didn’t talk about the case.”

Harris didn’t respond to multiple phone and text messages left by USA TODAY Sports.


Former Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze exchanged hundreds of phone calls in the last three years to disassociated booster Lee Harris

Harris owns Funkys Pizza and Daiquiri Bar in downtown Oxford. The NCAA accuses him of providing improper benefits to Leo Lewis, a Mississippi State linebacker who was also recruited by the Rebels.

Ole Miss has disputed many of Lewis' claims, but still disassociated Harris in response to the NCAA allegations. Rebels are set to meet before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions beginning Sept. 11.

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Dan Wolken‏Verified account @DanWolken

Dan Wolken Retweeted Andrew Davidson

In Oxford, Miss., the HC of an SEC program being in constant communication with a disassociated booster isn't news. It is everywhere else.

Replying to @DanWolken @USATODAY

You are such a wimp Wolken. The guy is one of Freezes friends. Your need for attention is embarrassing.
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