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By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 21, 2017 at 4:36 a.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with an investigation into a call to an escort service. Freeze's resignation brings a stunning end to a five-year tenure that saw a Sugar Bowl victory, but also a wide-ranging NCAA investigation into rules violations.

UNDATED (AP) — Hugh Freeze replaced Houston Nutt as Mississippi's football coach when he took the job, and now Nutt is at least partially responsible for Freeze's stunning downfall. Nutt recently filed a civil lawsuit against Ole Miss, where he coached from 2008 to '11. The suit unearthed the phone records that eventually revealed Freeze's university-issued cellphone had dialed an escort service on at least one occasion in 2016.

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze resigned instead of being fired Thursday for what Ole Miss called a pattern of personal misconduct. These types of scandal-driven offseason coaching changes have become somewhat common in college football. History shows teams that endure unusual upheaval do not fare well.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee doesn't mind adopting an underdog mentality a year after the Volunteers failed to meet preseason expectations. The Volunteers have been picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division by the league's media. Tennessee has no first-team selections on the media's preseason all-SEC team. Safety Todd Kelly Jr. says that "no one's really seeing us, almost like a snake in the grass."

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama running back B.J. Emmons has transferred to Hutchinson Community College. Hutchinson coach Rion Rhoades said Emmons has already arrived at the Kansas junior college.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Olympic gold medalist Bridgette Gordon led Tennessee to two national titles as a player and now returns to her alma mater as an assistant coach. The Women's Basketball Hall of Famer fills a spot vacated by the departure of current South Carolina assistant Jolette Law. Gordon played at Tennessee from 1985-89 and helped the Lady Vols win titles in 1987 and 1989. She spent the past seven seasons at Wichita State.

UNDATED (AP) — Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze resigned instead of being fired Thursday for what Ole Miss called a pattern of personal misconduct. These types of scandal-driven offseason coaching changes have become somewhat common in college football. History shows teams that endure unusual upheaval do not fare well.

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