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Ole Miss' Freeze denies paying players

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DESTIN, Fla. (AP) Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze is "owning the mistakes" made during his tenure, which now includes NCAA violations, but said neither he nor his assistants knowingly did anything wrong.

Speaking at the Southeastern Conference's annual meetings Tuesday, Freeze delivered a lengthy, prepared statement and then took several questions about violations involving first-round NFL draft pick Laremy Tunsil.

"I stand here owning the mistakes, but that is what they are, not some staff out trying to buy players," Freeze said. "There's not a single charge in our letter that charges a coach with (being) out buying players. While I have struggles in life that I don't always get right, breaking the rules in recruiting is not one of them. I won't do it."

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