Hugh Freeze reportedly met with Alabama today.
Hugh Freeze may have put Ole Miss on probation, but he enjoyed a fair amount of success against Alabama during his five years in Oxford. His teams were 2-3 against the Crimson Tide, beating them in back-to-back years in 2014 and 2015.
Yeah, yeah, we know the NCAA technically vacated all of those wins under Freeze because of a slew of violations, but we saw them happen. They are still real.
Taking all of that into account, imagine for a second Freeze coming to work for Nick Saban. It isn’t as far-fetched as you might think.
In fact, it could happen soon.
Multiple outlets have reported that Freeze met with Saban today in regards to Alabama’s opening at offensive coordinator. The Tide must replace Brian Daboll, who left for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills over the weekend.
First, Tidesports.com reported earlier tonight that Freeze was in Tuscaloosa today and was at the football facility.
Additionally, Clay Travis tweeted that Freeze interviewed with Nick Saban for the offensive coordinator position.
Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was in Tuscaloosa today and was in the football building, The Tuscaloosa News has learned. Saban has always had a healthy respect for Freeze, who gave Alabama fits with his offense. Freeze was given a head coach restriction and two-game suspension but only if he were to become a head coach. He would face no restrictions as an assistant coach.
Source tells me Hugh Freeze interviewed for Alabama offensive coordinator job today with Nick Saban.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 16, 2018
As Tidesports noted, Freeze won’t face penalties if he is hired as an assistant coach. Sure, the hire will be met with criticism because of Freeze’s history with the NCAA, but winning is the be-all, end-all in big-time college football.
If Saban feels Freeze is the best choice to maximize the offensive talent on the roster and help the Tide win another national title, he’ll hire him despite the negative press.