Hugh Freeze subsequently was the head football coach at Lambuth University from 2008 to 2009, Arkansas State University in 2011, the University of Mississippi from 2012 to 2016, and Liberty University from 2018 to 2022.
28 Facts About Hugh Freeze
The team's star quarterback and other players told NCAA officials that Hugh Freeze lied to them about the charges while he recruited them.
Hugh Freeze resigned from Ole Miss after officials discovered that he had used a university cellphone to call escort services at least a dozen times over 33 months.
Hugh Freeze graduated Senatobia High School in 1988, and then attended Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he lettered two years in junior college baseball.
Hugh Freeze became an NJCAA Academic All-American for the Rangers in the spring of 1990.
Hugh Freeze then attended the University of Southern Mississippi, where he tried out for the baseball team in the fall of 1990, hoping to make the roster for the spring of 1991.
Hugh Freeze graduated from Southern Miss in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a minor in coaching and sports administration.
In 1992, Hugh Freeze joined the staff at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee, as the football team's offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
Hugh Freeze ran the no-huddle spread offense and led his team to the state championship twice, in 2002 and 2004, and the regional championship each year from 1995 to 1998 and in 2001 and 2002.
Hugh Freeze received Region 8-AA Coach of the Year honors five times and Associated Press Coach of the Year honors six times.
Hugh Freeze was depicted in the book and motion picture The Blind Side, about one of his former players, offensive tackle Michael Oher.
Hugh Freeze interviewed for the offensive coordinator position with Nutt, a position that eventually went to Kent Austin.
Hugh Freeze left Arkansas State before Arkansas State's post-season appearance in the GoDaddy.
On December 5,2011, Hugh Freeze was announced as the 37th head coach of the University of Mississippi.
Hugh Freeze's salary was later reported to be $4.7 million, making him the highest-paid employee in the state of Mississippi.
Hugh Freeze received national attention on National Signing Day 2013 as Ole Miss brought in the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the country.
Hugh Freeze won the 2014 Grant Teaff Coach of the Year award by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
School officials investigated, and discovered what they later described as "a concerning pattern" of similar calls dating back to shortly after he arrived in Oxford: at least a dozen calls over 33 months, often made while Hugh Freeze was traveling on business trips using Ole Miss' private plane.
Hugh Freeze opted to resign; offensive coordinator Matt Luke was named interim coach.
On October 11,2018, Hugh Freeze was offered a job as offensive coordinator of the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football league; he turned it down.
Hugh Freeze was named head coach of the Liberty Flames football team on December 7,2018.
On December 10,2019, Hugh Freeze signed a five-year extension with Liberty.
Hugh Freeze returned in time to coach Liberty in the 2020 Cure Bowl, and beat Coastal Carolina.
Hugh Freeze was rumored to be a candidate in several SEC coaching searches, including searches to replace South Carolina's Will Muschamp and Auburn's Gus Malzahn.
Hugh Freeze declined interest in any of these positions, saying, "I won't even entertain things of that nature at this point".
In January and July 2022, Hugh Freeze sent multiple unsolicited direct messages on Twitter to Chelsea Andrews, a former student at Liberty.
On November 29,2022, Auburn University announced that it had hired Hugh Freeze to be the 31st head coach of the Auburn Tigers football team.
Hugh Freeze has said he is a born-again Christian and has been outspoken about his faith throughout his coaching career.