Disgraced Ole Miss coach breaks down as wife recalls his confession

Hugh Freeze was moved to tears Wednesday in his first public appearance since he resigned as the head football coach at Ole Miss in July after news came out he had made calls to escort services.

Speaking at a Liberty University convocation, Freeze described how “my world got rocked in 2017” when what he thought was “a private sin” he had confessed to his wife and two friends in 2016 became public knowledge. He used the experience as a lesson in his talk about faith, but it was his wife’s comments that got him choked up.

“I can remember that moment of just screaming in my head,” Jill Freeze said, referencing her husband’s 2016 confession. “My prayer was this very eloquent prayer — ‘God, help me.’ That was it. And immediately it was like, are you going to focus on your hurt or are you going to focus on your healing? And I’m like, ‘I want healing.’

“In that immediately I was able to see him. His heart. I mean, I’ve lived with [Hugh] for 25 years. This man is the godliest man I have ever known. I am who I am in Christ because of this man and the impact and influence he has had on me.”

The former coach, sitting next to his wife on the stage, could be seen tearing up as he listened in front of the large crowd.

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Believing that Freeze would “do what it takes to get right with God,” Jill said she immediately forgave him.

“That was the beginning of my healing, and it was instant forgiveness for him,” she said. “It led me to, ‘I can see that he had some bad traits. You know? He had some bad traits.’ And God, in his greatness, instead of me focusing on [Hugh’s] bad traits, he said, ‘Jill, what are your bad traits?’ I’ve got a whole lot of bad traits, and he’s forgiven me way more than I’ve had to forgive him over 25 years.”

Originally, Freeze had denied the initial allegations against him as a “misdial” from his school-issued phone. But the university’s investigation — spurred by NCAA violations — found “a pattern of personal misconduct.”

After Freeze resigned, the Wall Street Journal reported that Ole Miss had discovered “calls of a similar nature” over multiple years.

“I had to say to people that I loved, ‘I am sorry, please forgive me,’ ” he said. “And today is really the first day I can tell the faith family, ‘I am sorry, please forgive me.’”

“… I cannot control what people say, what people think, nor can you. But I can make up my mind. And my mind is set, it is settled. My eyes are clear. My heart is full. My feet are pointed forward and I am looking forward with thanksgiving to what God has for me and my family next, because of his great love and his great forgiveness.”

Source: https://nypost.com/2018/01/24/disgraced-ole-miss-coach-breaks-down-as-wife-recalls-his-confession/

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