Hugh Freeze to Auburn? College football fans react to latest insider report
Hugh Freeze has been in discussion with Auburn about its coaching vacancy for weeks, per ESPN insider Pete Thamel. The college football analyst broke the news Saturday morning during College GameDay.
Most thought Lane Kiffin was the Tigers No. 1 coaching candidate; however, it appears that Freeze was the top candidate all along and discussions have been ongoing. Saturday morning, Kiffin reiterated that he’s staying at Ole Miss, per ESPN’s Chris Low.
So, at this point, it would be somewhat surprising if Freeze isn’t hired by Auburn. Discussions are down the road, and Kiffin apparently feels like it’ll be Freeze at Auburn, too, by his latest doubling-down comments.
Freeze, of course, is the head coach at Liberty and has compiled an impressive 34-14 record in 4 seasons. Freeze was formerly the head coach at Ole Miss from 2012-16. He resigned from Ole Miss in July of 2017 after it was discovered that there was a “concerning pattern” of phone calls to numbers associated with female escort services.
Freeze would certainly be a strong hire at Auburn, as he’s defeated Nick Saban multiple times during his career, and Thamel’s insider report certainly stirred up social media.
I swear if we hire Hugh Freeze Auburn will be a basement team for the next ten years.
— Jonnie Marko (@jonniemarko) November 26, 2022
Anyone BUT Hugh Freeze please ?
— Sawyer (@sharpesawyer) November 26, 2022
we better be offering hugh freeze like $50k a year
— Brice (@dBriceJ) November 26, 2022
— Chrissy_WDEverythingSchool ??? (@meowza71) November 26, 2022
Sooooo SEC wouldn’t allow saban and Alabama to hire hugh freeze, but AU can? Messy ????
— MK? (@mknovaa2) November 26, 2022
Gotta say, Hugh Freeze and Bruce Pearl at the same school will be WILD https://t.co/oIneQBzgM8
— Nathanael Rutherford (@Mr_Rutherford) November 26, 2022
Another instance where time heals all wounds. Hugh Freeze on the verge of being back in the SEC
— Booger (@ESPNBooger) November 26, 2022
Auburn is really gonna hire Hugh Freeze because of a tipped Chad Kelly pass from 7 years ago aren’t they
— Matt Jennings (@MattAJennings) November 26, 2022
If Hugh Freeze is the backup plan, we just need to go ahead and fire Cohen today.
— Chief (@AUChief) November 26, 2022
Reminder that Hugh Freeze was fired from Ole Miss because he is a very, VERY stupid man. Please do not try and tell me he is a smart football coach WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED
— Billy Gomila (@BillyGomila) November 26, 2022
If Auburn hires Hugh Freeze the fan base will and should riot. It’s Kiffin or Carnell. Pick one.
— Digital Champion (@DigitalChampYT) November 26, 2022
If Auburn hires Hugh Freeze, they’ll have the two dirtiest. most corrupt college coaches in sports leading their top two programs.
— JeffreyRiley (@JeffreyCRiley1) November 26, 2022