AUBURN, Ala. -- After failing to hire Ole Miss Rebels head coach Lane Kiffin, the Auburn Tigers shifted gears and are now landing former Rebels coach Hugh Freeze, reports indicated on Monday. Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated was the first to report the news.
As noted in Dellenger's tweet, Freeze took the Ole Miss program to new heights during his tenure, but the end of his reign in Oxford was clouded by NCAA violations and personal scandals. That aside, Freeze has only had one losing season as a college head coach, his final year at Ole Miss (2017).
This news comes after Lane Kiffin was rumored to be Auburn's top candidate towards the end of this season, but Kiffin was asked following the Rebels' 24-22 loss to Mississippi State Thursday night if he planned on being the head coach at Ole Miss next season. In short, Kiffin said, "Yes I do."
Freeze returned to Oxford last season with the Liberty Flames, a game his team lost in November, but he will rematch with the Rebels in the SEC on Oct. 21, 2023 on The Plains.
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