Freeze resigns as Ole Miss football coach after 5 seasons

In this Oct. 4, 2014, file photo, Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze is congratulated by fans as he walks off the field after their 23-17 win over No. 3 Alabama in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi has self-imposed a one-year postseason football ban for the 2017 season. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure.

The school confirmed Freeze’s resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach.

The Rebels had a quick rise under Freeze, recruiting at a high level and reaching an apex with a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State following the 2015 season.

But an NCAA investigation into Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has resigned after five seasons, bringing a stunning end to a once-promising tenure.

The school confirmed Freeze’s resignation in a release Thursday night. Assistant Matt Luke has been named the interim coach.

The Rebels had a quick rise under Freeze, recruiting at a high level and reaching an apex with a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State following the 2015 season.

But an NCAA investigation into the program – alleging 21 charges of academic, booster, and recruiting misconduct – has overshadowed much of that success, especially over the past year. The school has already self-imposed several penalties, including a one-year postseason ban for the upcoming season.

the program – alleging 21 charges of academic, booster, and recruiting misconduct – has overshadowed much of that success, especially over the past year. The school has already self-imposed several penalties, including a one-year postseason ban for the upcoming season.

Freeze – who was making more than $5 million per year – had a 39-25 record over five seasons, including a 19-21 mark in the Southeastern Conference.

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