By Ed Meek
President, New Media Lab LLC/HottyToddy.com
Few people in my lifetime have contributed as much to Ole Miss as Hugh Freeze has in the almost five years since he arrived on our campus.
Donors provide generous financial support, but Coach Freeze has given us much more. He has given our community and the Ole Miss family inspiration and heart by his example of leadership and dedication to his Christian faith. The rise of Ole Miss as a renewed power player in athletics has flowed from his leadership by example, his devotion to others, and his tackling difficult problems often faced by good athletes who are learning to become young men and finding their way through life. It’s a tough job, and he wins some and loses some, but he is always on his game on our behalf giving 110%.
His faith and commitment are the foundation of his leadership for God, his family, Ole Miss and others he reaches.
Wags in the NCAA, national press and at other institutions are talking about a possible suspension of Coach Freeze — the first ever under what may be a flawed process put in a few years ago. Some are even attacking this fine man on his faith, some even saying it is not real. God knows and we know, Hugh Freeze is for real.
Chancellor Vitter and Ross Bjork outlined the University’s position and expressed their complete support of Coach Freeze, jointly signing a letter on May 27.
Throughout what has to have been a very stressful process since the notice of allegations was issued in January 2016, Hugh Freeze has not wavered. He has remained steadfast for his coaches, his team, our University, its fans, alumni, friends and foes alike.
There’s always someone out there second-guessing a football Coach, but no one can question the faith of Coach Freeze.
I stand with Coach Hugh Freeze.
Ed Meek and his wife, Becky, are benefactors who established the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at The University of Mississippi. He is the author or co-author of several books and is the founder of New Media Lab LLC, publisher of HottyToddy.com — companies whose profits benefit the University of Mississippi. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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