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    The NCAA is coming hard for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze

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    No matter how bad this gets, when Hugh Freeze looks back on the end of his coaching career — which might be upon us sooner rather than later — the truth is that every bit of the indignity he suffered Wednesday was worth it.

    The NCAA is coming hard for Freeze, charging his Ole Miss football program with serious cheating allegations, the school with lack of institutional control and the head coach personally for unsatisfactory oversight of his assistants, who are charged with carrying out blatantly illicit violations, not “mistakes” as Freeze once attempted to characterize them.

    Watching Freeze in a 20 minute, 52 second video posted by the school — eyes puffy, voice wavering, defiance gone — he looked very much like a man who knows what happens next.

    With Ole Miss’ fate soon to be at the mercy of the NCAA Committee on Infractions, it’s reasonable now to wonder whether Freeze’s rocket-ship ride from Memphis high school coach to the NAIA to beating Nick Saban twice in a row and a $5 million annual contract is soon coming to an inglorious and shameful end.

    Sure, Ole Miss is going to play defense for now. They’ll pay fancy lawyers to help argue the case that Freeze had no idea what kind of shenanigans his assistants were engaging in to help a head coach with no track record and a school with no recruiting cachet secure a top-10 class out of nowhere in 2013.

    They’ll push back as hard as they can for as long as they…

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