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Decision on Kelly will wait

Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze talked publicly for the first time since Chad Kelly’s arrest during Friday’s news conference in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, in which Mississippi will meet TCU on Dec. 31.

Freeze told reporters that he would wait until after Kelly’s Jan. 5 court date before making a decision on Kelly’s future. Kelly signed with Ole Miss last week, just days before his arrest early Sunday morning.

“It’s like I tell him every day when he’s calling and texting me, ‘I will deal with you when I get ready to deal with you, and that will be after I gather everything and see what the court date after Jan. 5, what happens with that.’

“I just want to be sure. When you’re dealing with a kid’s future … I know everybody has their opinion. None of the opinions really matter other than what’s best for the program first, the kid second. For me to do anything other than wait for all the facts and the total truth … because everything that’s out there is not accurate. I want to deal with exactly what is accurate.”

Is he contacting you a lot?

“Of course. This is where he wants to be. He knows he made a mistake in being in the wrong place. I think he’s remorseful for that. I’ve got to deal with what is best for the team first. Then at the same time try to do what’s right for young men.”

What’s his demeanor?

“Very humble. Very remorseful. He also wants me to know the truth, the way he perceives it, and I’ve heard that. I’ve seen some things just as you have. I’m just gathering all the facts from his side, the other sides and just waiting to see what the court date holds and what comes from that. Then we’ll make a decision.”

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