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UNDATED (AP) — The task of pulling together Mississippi's shattered football program is now on interim coach Matt Luke. The 40-year-old was promoted from co-offensive coordinator in the stunning aftermath of coach Hugh Freeze's resignation for a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service. Freeze's resignation is just the latest issue facing the embattled Rebels.
UNDATED (AP) — Hugh Freeze replaced Houston Nutt as Mississippi's football coach, 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 phone records that eventually revealed Freeze's university-issued cellphone had dialed an escort service on at least one occasion in 2016.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The road to the NFL hasn't been an easy one for Cowboys defensive tackle Joey Ivie. After losing his sister in a car accident when Ivie was a sophomore at Florida in 2015, he has dedicated his career to her. The seventh-round draft pick is using her memory as motivation as he fights for a spot on Dallas' 53-man roster. The Cowboys have their first practice at training camp Monday in Oxnard, California.
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.
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.
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) — 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."
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.
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