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Freeze expected to be offered, accept Ole Miss job today

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Nearly a month after Houston Nuttresigned” as Ole Miss’ head coach, it appears the Rebels have found their new sideline boss.

Citing sources with knowledge of the situation, RebelGrove.com is reporting that Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze will meet with Ole Miss officials later Sunday and will be offered the position.  Needless to say, the Rivals website reports that Freeze is expected to accept the offer.

Freeze told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in a text that “[w]hatever reports there are out there, they are not true at this point.”  The operative words there are, obviously, at this point.

RebelGrove.com also notes that Southern Miss’ Larry Fedora has already turned down an offer from the Rebels, but the school was expected to make one final push for the coach whose team claimed the Conference USA title Saturday by beating previously unbeaten Houston.

Freeze, the lowest-paid head coach in Div. 1-A football, and Arkansas State athletic director Dr. Dean Lee released a statement last week advising potential suitors that the coach would not be granted permission to speak to them prior to the regular season finale against Troy yesterday.  That win capped a 10-2 first season for Freeze that includes a Sun Belt championship and an invitation to the GoDaddy.com bowl.

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9 Responses to “Freeze expected to be offered, accept Ole Miss job today”
  1. chmba says: Dec 4, 2011 9:06 AM

    Ole Miss has deep problems from chancellor on down so it is unlikely any high profile coach would accept the job after what happened to Houston Nutt. Lame duck AD means new coach will not be the ongoing AD’s coach. Fact that Southern Miss coach would turn them down is probably all you need to know about how bad the situation is; they need to start with the chancellor, clean house, and start over.

  2. woebegong says: Dec 4, 2011 9:28 AM

    I would hope that whomever Ole Miss. hires, they have patience with them and give them some time to rebuild the program. Recruiting is going to be tough in good times for Ole Miss. but a coaching change makes it even harder. I hope, if this guy is hired, he is innovative and can get the best out of a player, because I think there might be few years of tough sledding ahead. I wish them luck in the future, because they are in one tough division and conference, and it is hard to recruit against the schools around them.

  3. deltamyhome says: Dec 4, 2011 10:11 AM

    Wow! Another four years wasted…You ran off a better coach…Will Ole Miss ever learn???

  4. rebeldoc09 says: Dec 4, 2011 11:22 AM

    As a rebel fan and Oxford native of 20 years, if this move is true, it is disappointing. I’m sure that Freeze is a good coach, but your trying to win in the toughest conference in the country. With the expansion of the SEC, we will need recruiting far beyond what we have now. I personally believe that we missed the boat when Leach inferred interest and we did nothing. He was the obvious 1st choice in my book considering his recruiting ability and Texas ties. The hiring of Freeze is the is simply a move to keep Ole Miss football a “good ole boys” only club, which ultimately result in 4 more years of poor to mediocre seasons. I may eat crow with these comments, but I feel if Ole Miss had been interested in competing with the other schools in our division, they would have gone after a coach that was not known for winning in the Sun Belt Conference. Like every other UM fan, here’s hoping that I’m wrong.

  5. woebegong says: Dec 4, 2011 11:34 AM

    I am afraid you are right there, Rebeldoc09. They should have hired a bang up coach with good recruiting if they are going to succeed at the SEC level. With recruiting already being down, due to a coaching change and the new stricter SEC recruiting rules, they didn’t exactly do the team any favors by hiring a coach from a small conference. The SEC is big boy football, and he is going to have to take a lot of bumps and bruises to compete at this level. I am not sure exactly what happened to Houston Nutt, but I get the feeling there is a lot of junk going on in the back ground that any coach is going to have to compete with. Not sure this new hire will be able to deal with it all.

  6. Jim McCauley- TrueHomeSolutionsNow.com says: Dec 4, 2011 12:56 PM

    You Rebel Fans will be eating crow on Freeze. I know Freeze from a very personal standpoint. He is has one of the most brilliant minds for the game. My son played for Freeze his last two years at Briarcrest HS and played at Ole Miss for a couple of years. Freeze has a incredible ability to walk into situations where he has nothing to work with and turn it into something good. Your only problem after next season is how are you going to keep him when some Pro Team offers him a job. Freeze will bring back your Rebel pride. He will jell your players together. He is a motivator and an innovator.

  7. tchandler21 says: Dec 4, 2011 1:10 PM

    I realize we (ole miss fans/alums) want what’s best for the program but we have to be honest about our limitations. We are one of the smallest schools in our conference and despite appearances; we have one of the smallest budgets as well. I’m sure Archie et. al. tried their best to find the best match but regardless of who we think he is, “he” may have been out of our reach for numerous and unknown reasons.

    Having said that, I am optimistic about our next hire and will continue to root for my rebs, regardless of our coaches popularity; I hope the doubters will do the same in-kind.

  8. blytheselby says: Dec 4, 2011 1:29 PM

    Give the guy a chance. If he’s Archie’s chosen one, he has to have something going for himself. 10-2 at Arkansas State is pretty darn good. But yes, it is quite a step up in class. Got to be better than the past two years.

  9. rebeldoc09 says: Dec 4, 2011 2:36 PM

    I see after reading my previous comment that I might have been too critical of Freeze. I think that to win a championship in any conference is not that easy. I will support and pull for any coach that is hired. That being said I still would have loved to see Leach bring in a high powered offense to contend with the run happy SEC. I think we could have been competitive with the salary they offered him at Washington State. What’s done is done though and I’ll trust Archie to pick a good guy. Maybe he’ll take over as AD since that was honestly the biggest problem that needed fixing this year.

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