Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has been a hot topic among coaching circles throughout the country regarding the possibility of his returning to the sidelines. Just recently, Alabama head coach Nick Saban commented about his affinity for Freeze.
This off-season, rumors swirled that Saban wanted to add Freeze to his staff. A report surfaced earlier this week stating the SEC had denied Saban the right to hire Freeze, a decision Saban respects.
“We also have a lot of respect for the SEC and what they think is, in some cases, best for the league relative to circumstances that people created for themselves,” Saban said at the same event he complimented Freeze.
As for LSU, don’t expect Ed Orgeron to extend the same pleasantries. Many believe Freeze was a serious candidate for the Tigers’ vacant offensive coordinator position that was eventually filled by Steve Ensminger.
Notably, most felt the two remained in close contact and personal friends. That is apparently not the case.
According to Mike Detillier, New Orleans-based college and pro football insider, “there’s some strain in the relationship personally.”
While Orgeron respects Freeze as a coach, he never considered adding him to his LSU staff according to Detillier.
“(Orgeron) thought a lot of Hugh (Freeze) as a head coach, he thought he had done a really good job at Ole Miss,” Detillier told the radio audience on the “Out of Bounds Show” with Bo Bounds. “Hugh was not in play (for the offensive coordinator vacancy) (at LSU).”
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Even if Orgeron had wanted to hire Freeze, he wouldn’t have been allowed to do so.
“There’s no way that Ed, even if he felt strongly about Hugh – do you think that Joe Alleva is going to give him the two thumbs up to hire Hugh Freeze, after what happened at Ole Miss? That ain’t happening either. Joe was not going to allow that to happen.”
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