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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo, Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze applauds his team in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane in New Orleans. Freeze says he grabbed his phone on Sunday for one final text exchange with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. The gist of the conversation: It's hard playing against friends, so we'll talk when this is over. Mississippi plays Auburn Saturday, Oct. 5 at Auburn. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2012 file photo, Mississippi head coach Hugh Freeze applauds his team in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tulane in New Orleans. Freeze says he grabbed his phone on Sunday for one final text exchange with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. The gist of the conversation: It's hard playing against friends, so we'll talk when this is over. Mississippi plays Auburn Saturday, Oct. 5 at Auburn. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Ole Miss football players disrupt campus play

Last Modified: Thursday, October 03, 2013 2:48 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A University of Mississippi professor says that a group of Ole Miss students, including football players, disrupted a production of a campus play with "hate speech" on Tuesday night.

Michael Barnett, the assistant theatre chair, says several students in the play told him that audience members were disruptive and used "derogatory terms" for homosexuals during a production of "The Laramie Project" on campus.

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday that football players were in the crowd. Barnett says a group of football players apologized after the play.

Freeze tweeted on Thursday morning, "We certainly do not condone any actions that offend or hurt people in any way. We are working with all departments involved to find the facts."

The Daily Mississippian first reported the disruption.

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