Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hired at Liberty University

Postado Dezembro 09, 2018

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell and Director of Athletics Ian McCaw have announced the hiring of Hugh Freeze as the ninth head coach in the history of the Flames' football program.

More than that, however, after leaving MS in 2017 amid controversy, his arrival at the private, Christian school signifies something of a new beginning.

The 49-year-old was 39-25 in five years with the Rebels (2012-16) and led them to four straight bowl games at the start of his tenure, including two New Year's Six games (2014 Peach and 2015 Sugar).

Freeze resigned from Ole Miss in July 2017 in the wake of what the school termed "a pattern of personal misconduct inconsistent with the standards we expect from the leader of our football team". He would have been suspended two conference games in 2018 if he had been a head coach, but he did not take a job previous year.

Freeze's resignation came after an internal university probe found a "pattern of personal misconduct" by the married father-of-three.

The call led the school to comb through the rest of his phone records, revealing more problems. The NCAA allegations also accused Freeze of failing to monitor his coaching staff. Recruiting restrictions were also imposed on Ole Miss's program as a result. Rumors had circulated that he was being sought by schools such as Florida State, Tennessee and Auburn as an offensive coordinator, and there were reports that the Southeastern Conference rejected Alabama coach Nick Saban's attempt to hire Freeze as the top-ranked Crimson Tide's co-offensive coordinator and position coach. "Please forgive me, '" Freeze said during the school's chapel service.

Liberty said that the coaching search would be swift, and that was the case. That, combined with the values of the school, made the Liberty job too good to pass up.

"I had to say to people that I loved, 'I am sorry". "And today is really the first day I can tell the faith family, 'I am sorry, please forgive me'". Gill retired after his seventh season to spend more time with his ailing wife. Gill was 47-35 in seven years with the Flames including a 6-6 record in 2018 - the program's first in FBS.