As Hugh Freeze slides away from the spotlight and into forced isolation, old friend Sean Tuohy will still be there.
The pair's relationship began two decades ago, before they were household names. Hugh Freeze was the football and girls' basketball coach at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, while Tuohy coached the eighth-grade boys' team.
Though Tuohy was previously a four-time All-SEC basketball player at Ole Miss and well-known businessman in Memphis, his fame skyrocketed after the release of Blind Side in 2009, the award-winning film about Michael Oher. At the time of the film's release, Freeze was a second-year head coach at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn. A year later, he became offensive coordinator at Arkansas State and in 2011 was promoted to head coach. Freeze was named Ole Miss head coach later that year.
The two have kept in touch and still maintain a close relationship. And that won't change amidst embarrassing revelations that led to Freeze's resignation last week.
“I’m never going to stop being his friend,” Tuohy told The Commercial Appeal. "I’m never going to stop loving him. When he needs me, I’ll be there.”
Tuohy also says he ignores the widespread criticism of his friend and doesn't even get mad when hearing it.
“I don’t take issue with other people saying ugly things,” he said. “That’s their business. I don’t read something ugly and want to call the guy and say, `You should really get to know him.’ If someone wants to have an opinion, fine.
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