Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze answered questions Monday from the media about a CBSSports.com report released Sunday stating that the NCAA had questioned current Mississippi State player Chris Jones about his recruitment by the Rebels.
Freeze was quick to point out he had no information on the situation following a Monday morning practice in Oxford.
“None whatsoever,” Freeze said. “I had no clue. I know nothing about it other than what one of you guys told me about it last night.”
Jones, a native of Houston, Miss., spent part of two consecutive weekends before National Signing Day on unoffcial visits to Ole Miss. He was accompanied by family members some of the time.
The CBSSports.com story, written by Jeremy Fowler, cited an unidentified source "with a direct knowledge" of the process.
The only on-the-record source identified in the piece is Mary Woodhouse, the mother of Chris Jones, who told CBSSports.com that she had no knowledge of an NCAA interview and that she never noticed anything suspicious regarding Ole Miss' recruitment of her son. She said the family's visit to Oxford was "very nice. They were nice to us." The story also states Woodhouse said they discussed Ole Miss' commitment to academics on their visit.
Jones, a defensive end, was ranked the No. 2 overall player in the country and the No. 1 player in the state of Mississippi for the 2013 class according to 247Sports.
Jones opted to sign with Mississippi State on National Signing Day.
Freeze said Monday that he has not talked with the NCAA. He said he doesn’t even know where some of the information that is being reported comes from.
“The NCAA certainly doesn’t talk about it, so I don’t know where ya’ll are getting it,” Freeze deadpanned to the media. “Ya’ll tell me where you’re getting it and then we’ll try to figure out what’s going on.”
Freeze said he feels “confident” the NCAA won’t find anything of substance. He said he knows he and his staff have done things the right way since he arrived in Oxford a year and eight months ago.
“Whoever their sources are, I’m sure they’ll check them out like everyone,” Freeze said of the NCAA. “Again, I’m very confident in the way we’re going about our business here and the way we want to do it.”
Most importantly, Freeze said it’s his job to keep his team focused while the Rebels prepare for a Thursday night matchup at Vanderbilt on Aug. 29.
“I hope that I’m the only one that deals with it,” Freeze related. “I certainly don’t want it to effect what our team is doing. I’m confident in the way we go about things. I’ve said that from day one…. We’ve got to get ready for Vandy.”
Rebels247's Brandon Red and David Johnson contributed to this story.
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