Freeze, who missed nearly two weeks of practice, is recovering from back surgery and a serious staph infection.
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty coach Hugh Freeze will make his coaching debut for the Flames in a hospital bed set up in the coaches' box on Saturday night. The bed is being used to support his healing back.
The Flames are hosting No. 22 Syracuse in what is arguably the biggest game in Liberty history.
Freeze missed nearly two weeks of practice because of a herniated disk in his back. He had surgery six days after first missing practice, and doctors discovered he also had a serious staph infection.
Here’s a look at Hugh Freeze’s seat in the coaches’ booth.— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) August 31, 2019
Freeze will essentially videoconference with his team pregame and at halftime and do so during postgame press conference.
The plan is to fly him to Louisiana next week to be with the team on the road. pic.twitter.com/YA1HAXiQ43
Freeze arrived at the stadium in a wheelchair a little more than an hour before kickoff. The school set up cameras and audio equipment in the coaches' box that allow him to watch practice from several camera angles and communicate with coaches and players.
He planned to address the team by video before the game, at halftime and afterward, the school said, and would also address the media via a video hook-up.
Lynchburg's IT department set up similar equipment for Freeze in a local hotel room where he has been staying because he is unable to climb the steps at his family's townhouse.