It appears that the SEC intercepted a potential coaching hire between the conference’s powerhouse and a controversial candidate.
According to Al.com Nick Saban had wanted to hire Hugh Freeze as a co-offensive coordinator and position coach, but SEC commissioner Greg Sankey nixed it — urging the school to go in a different direction because of Freeze’s off-the-field issues.
Freeze was reportedly mutually interested in a position with the Tide, but it appears the conference wants to move on from the embattled coach.
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“It was only a few days after Saban’s mid-January meeting with Freeze that he learned he couldn’t make the hire. Sankey informed both Freeze and Alabama that it would look bad for the SEC for Freeze to be back coaching in the league while Ole Miss suffered from NCAA penalties incurred under his watch.
The SEC preferred that Freeze, who resigned in July following a “pattern of personal misconduct,” go off the radar for at least a little while before trying to return to work at one of its schools.”
According to the report, Bama was one of five schools that reached out to Freeze during the off-season concerning positions on their staff. Those programs included LSU and Missouri, but a deal reportedly couldn’t be reached because of the conference’s stance on Freeze.
Freeze remains one of only three coaches that has handed Saban multiple losses during his time with the Crimson Tide.
Alabama will have another former SEC head coach on its staff this year. The Crimson Tide have former Tennessee coach Butch Jones on its staff.