Report: Nick Saban, others inside Alabama program at odds over Hugh Freeze's potential role
Alabama’s still searching for its next OC following the departure of Brian Daboll back to the NFL. Daboll left to join the Bills in the same role after just one season in Tuscaloosa.
Several names have emerged for the vacant position, including current assistant Mike Locksley and former Florida head coach Jim McElwain, among others. Another interesting name that jumped out is former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze.
Freeze was in Alabama’s football building meeting with Nick Saban earlier this week looking into multiple potential vacancies on the staff, with one being the OC job. From all indications, it appears that Locksley could be the favorite to land the OC position, but it’s still possible Freeze lands an on-the-field coaching role (WRs or QBs). And according to the latest report by the Tuscaloosa News’ Aaron Suttles, Nick Saban and others inside the Alabama program are at odds over Freeze’s potential role.
Per the report, Saban wants Freeze in an on-the-field coaching role, while others inside the program do not. Also, Saban would likely need the blessing of the SEC if he were to hire Freeze for an on-the-field coaching role.
Freeze is free to become an assistant coach at any program, but he’d have to sit out two games if he were to become a head coach per NCAA sanctions.
Will Saban get his wish on Freeze? I guess we’re going to find out just how much power he has at Alabama.