SEC commissioner persuaded Alabama to not hire Hugh Freeze

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

Saban, who hired former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones as a consultant, wanted to bring on Freeze as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Saban has praised Freeze heavily in the past - while at Ole Miss, Freeze scored two wins over Saban's Crimson Tide - and said in January that Alabama was working to find a way to bring him on board.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban's plan to hire former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was reportedly killed by the SEC.

The report states that Alabama was among a handful of SEC programs - LSU and Missouri also among them - that contacted Freeze about on-field coaching roles this off-season, but none of them ever came to fruition.

Be sure and check out AL.com's in-depth report on Hugh Freeze and Alabama.

The SEC established grounds for the commissioner to intervene in such cases. This is a result of Freeze's dismissal from Ole Miss and the NCAA infractions that took place at the school while he was there.

Instead of hiring Freeze, Alabama hired Penn State's Josh Gattis as its co-OC and WRs coach. As part of the NCAA's punishment of the Ole Miss program, Freeze must serve a two-game suspension if any school hires him as a head coach before November 30, 2018, but he doesn't have to serve any suspension if he's hired as an assistant. Winners don't care who they associate with as long as they're winning. Even if he did, he likely wouldn't have any legal recourse against the conference.

Freeze resigned from Ole Miss in July after the university discovered "a pattern of personal misconduct", including a call from his university-issued phone to a female escort service.

"I really believe I have a lot to offer a program whether as an assistant or a head coach, and I'm hopeful it's very soon", Freeze told Gridiron Now in December.

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