Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze said he has had no contact with the NCAA involving Mississippi State freshman defensive end Chris Jones.
In a story that broke late Sunday night on CBSSports.com, Jones, a five-star standout from Houston, was interviewed by the NCAA about the way Ole Miss recruited him earlier this year. In the story written by Jeremy Fowler, a unnamed source was cited that Jones met with the NCAA recently. The details of the interview were not known, however.
According to Fowler’s story, the NCAA requested to speak with Jones through MSU but the source said that did not happen. The NCAA, according to the story, would not comment on current, pending or potential cases. Ole Miss would also not comment but a representative with the compliance office said that a statement would be issued when one is needed. It was unclear if the NCAA had requested to talk with Ole Miss officials.
Freeze was asked if he had seen the report or at least heard about it following Monday’s practice.
“I have no clue. I know nothing about it other than where one of you guys told me about itlast night,” Freeze said.
Freeze then added he didn’t want the report or the talk of Jones to distract the team.
“I hope I’m the only one that deals with it. I certainly don’t want to affect what our team is doing or what our coaches are doing,” Freeze said. “I’m confident in the way we go about things. I’ve said that from day one. Whoever their sources are, I’m sure they will check them out like they have every other one. But again I’m very confident in the way we’re going about our business here and the way we want to do it.
“We got to get ready for Vandy so we certainly can’t let whatever all that is affect us.”
In the story written by Fowler, Jones’ mother said she didn’t know about the NCAA interview and that she never noticed anything suspicious regarding her son’s recruitment. She was quoted in the story as saying the visit to Oxford was “very nice. They were very nice to us.”
Fowler’s entire story can be found here: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/jeremy-fowler/23107822/source-ncaa-questions-mississippi-state-de-chris-jones-on-ole-miss-recruitment (August 12, 2013)