While he was football coach at Ole Miss, Hugh Freeze would not allow his players to visit strip clubs.
Freeze was fired by Ole Miss last month after the school discovered he called an escort service from a university-issued cell phone. Now a Mississippi strip club is trying to capitalize on the controversy with a pointed troll job.
The Pony near Starkville, Miss., will hold a "Hugh Freeze Tribute Party" on Saturday.
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"Hugh Freeze was a piece of work to me because he banned his players from coming to my clubs," Jerry Westlund, who owns the Pony among about 25 adult establishments in the southeast, told USA Today. "He banned them from going to strip clubs. I’m like, I’m sorry at 18 years old you can serve your country. We can give you a gun and send you to a Godforsaken place like Afghanistan, but Hugh Freeze decided they weren’t mature enough to come to a strip club so as the ultimate hypocrite, it’s only appropriate we’d have the Hugh Freeze tribute party.
"As a legal business in this country, these young men had no reason to be banned from that."
The Pony, just a few miles away from the campus of in-state rival Mississippi State, also boasts "the world’s largest tuned cowbell", and Westlund said it will undoubtedly be rung several times on Saturday.
"He was willing to go out there and attack people who come to my club," Westlund said. "If you want to call an escort service, knock yourself out. You could have come to my club and gotten a lap dance and made a friend just as quick."