Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze on NCAA Allegations: 'I Own It'

Stacy Revere/Getty Images(SANDESTIN, Fla.) — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told ESPN he was accepting responsibility for the 28 allegations of misconduct the NCAA made against the school in January.

However, Freeze also said Monday at the SEC spring meetings, that he and his staff did not knowingly broke the rules.

“The first thing I would say is that I own it. That’s part of it when you’re the head coach. You take the good with the bad,” Freeze told ESPN. “But there’s a big difference between making mistakes in recruiting and going out there with the intent to cheat.

“I don’t have any information that anybody on my staff has been involved in any illegal payments to players or offering any inducements to players, and if I did have that information, I would fire them.”

Sixteen of the alleged violations issued by the NCAA were Level I, the most serious. According to ESPN, nine of the 13 alleged violations in football were during Freeze’s time as coach and four were Level 1.

Last week, Ole Miss acknowledged the NCAA allegations by issuing self-imposed penalties including the loss of 11 total scholarships for football starting with one in 2015 and going into 2018. The school also asked the NCAA to delay the school’s hearing before the Committee on Infractions so they could investigate further allegations against Miami Dolphins rookie Laremy Tunsil.

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