What Hugh Freeze said about his new OC and DC hires
Thursday afternoon it was reported that Ole Miss had come to terms with a new offensive and defensive coordinator: Phil Longo and Wesley McGriff, respectively.
Coach Hugh Freeze confirmed the hires Friday morning in a statement.
On Longo, who will arrive in Oxford after directing the nation’s best FCS offense at Sam Houston State:
“We explored every name for this position, but Phil has been on my radar for a long time and it was clear that he is the man that can take our offense from good to great,” Freeze said. “Over the past three years, he has authored one of the most prolific and innovative offenses in all divisions of college football. Specifically, his units have excelled in three key areas that we need to address — rushing offense, third down efficiency and red zone success. From Chip Kelly to Joe Moorhead, we have seen offensive coordinators make successful transitions from FCS to FBS, and I expect Phil to continue that trend.”
On McGriff, who was an assistant at Ole Miss in Freeze’s first season at the helm in 2012, and will return to the staff after successful stints with the New Orleans Saints and Auburn:
“Wesley is the total package — an outstanding leader, creative coach and dynamic recruiter,” Freeze said. “The defenses have been outstanding at every place he has been, and his most recent experience at Auburn has him well prepared for this opportunity. He helped lead a unit that was tremendous at stopping the run, limiting explosive plays and being stingy in the red zone, and we look forward to Wesley applying those same principles to our young men on that side of the ball.”
Ole Miss finished 5-7 (2-6) in 2016.