A pair of losses to LSU and arch-rival Auburn knocked Alabama out of SEC Championship Game and a spot in the College Football Playoff. Having failed in their efforts to win a national title in 2019, the Crimson Tide could probably use some added help in getting back into contention next year. But while Saban has already made plenty of additions to his roster and staff, SEC analyst Paul Finebaum thinks there’s one more he can make.
In his weekly radio spot on WJOX 94.5, Finebaum advocated for Saban to bring Hugh Freeze on to his staff. The former Ole Miss head coach, Freeze is one of only a handful of coaches to own multiple wins over Saban.
Finebaum explained that Freeze is a smart offensive mind who can help Saban. At the same time, Freeze’s limited national exposure with Liberty could make even an analyst’s role appealing.
“I think it’s possible and that’s exact– I don’t mean to, look, it’s Monday, mid-February and I’m about to fire, I’m about to make another coaching change here, but I would call Hugh Freeze in three seconds,” Finebaum said. “It’s my opinion, knowing Hugh Freeze, that he would take the job and he would be in better shape as the offensive coordinator getting shown on national television 12, 13, 14, maybe 15 times a year making calls in critical games than the kind of games that Liberty plays. Liberty plays two to three relevant games all year.”
Freeze is coming off a successful first season as head coach of Liberty, leading the Flames to an 8-5 record and a win over Georgia Southern.
But the Flames went 0-3 against Power Five teams, and were one of two teams to lose to lowly Rutgers. It’s pretty clear that there’s a glass ceiling for Freeze and the FBS independent school.
Freeze resigned from Ole Miss in 2017 after a scandal, and spent two years out of football before returning to Liberty.
Joining up with Saban and helping Alabama win another national title might be a faster route back to a Power Five head coaching job than a few successful years at Liberty.
Should Freeze consider going to Alabama if given the chance?