Hugh Freeze comments on the speculation that he's a candidate for the South Carolina job
Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is back in the news this week after South Carolina parted ways with Will Muschamp on Sunday.
Freeze is currently in his second season at Liberty and has the Flames at 8-0 and ranked No. 21 in the country.
Of course, he’s an experienced head coach in the SEC and had a very successful run in Oxford before he abruptly resigned from his Ole Miss job in 2017 after university officials found a concerning pattern in his phone records.
With South Carolina likely to pursue an offensive-minded head coach, it makes sense they would at least look at Freeze. SDS’s Matt Hayes is reporting that Freeze is at the top of South Carolina’s list to replace Muschamp.
South Carolina AD Ray Tanner was even asked if Freeze was a candidate for the position on Monday.
“I’m not going to speak about any particular candidates. Nobody is ruled out,” Tanner said. “We will be looking at a long list of candidates and that work started last night. So, at this point, we will consider a lot of different people and we are in the process of narrowing that list down.”
But Freeze isn’t so sure anyone will come calling.
“Man, you know, the first thing is, I have no clue if anybody even wants me or not, except for Liberty,” Freeze told 247Sports Monday. “And so I’m thankful for Liberty. I know this, and my wife keeps me grounded on this, I live where my feet are and my total focus is on our team here getting them ready for NC State and building this program.”
Freeze did add that he would consider leaving Liberty for the right situation.
“I’ve been honest with them and our administration here in saying that it would take something really, really special for me to even consider leaving here, and I mean that,” Freeze said. “I have no idea if anybody even would want to talk to me, and that’s OK, I’m at peace with that.”
Freeze and his Liberty squad will face NC State on Saturday in an attempt to get to 9-0 on the season.