Hugh Freeze introduced as new Liberty U. football coach
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - Hugh Freeze is a proven winner on the gridiron, posting winning seasons in seven of his eight years as a head coach, including 10-and-3 and a Sugar Bowl win for Ole Miss in the 2015 season.
He left before the 2017 season after a phone record surfaced that he made a call to an escort service and Ole Miss was later punished for recruiting violations.
Hugh Freeze, NEW LIBERTY FLAMES HEAD COACH, said "I really never experienced any downward turn that was a rock-bottom experience or difficulty. Boy when I did, I really did it right, you know."
Jerry Falwell, LIBERTY UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, said "Plenty of people in leadership over the decades have made mistakes and have come back. And it's part of Liberty's DNA to give people second, third and fourth chances. My father was known for that."
Liberty Athletics Director Ian McCaw had said he wanted to hire a new coach by the end of next week.
He wound up doing so in just four days, and is thrilled to land a veteran, big-name coach who's won at every stop.
Ian McCaw, LIBERTY FLAMES ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, said "He has a great what I'll call off-the-field plan in terms of his student-athlete development and what he does with them and it's really the whole package."
Freeze received a five-year contract, and after two years away from coaching, is chomping at the bit to return to the sidelines.
Hugh Freeze said "I mean you do something for 26 years and it's taken away from you. It's very, very difficult to not miss it a lot so it definitely renewed my passion in knowing that the gifting that I have to do this is, I just couldn't wait to get back in it."
Freeze is regarded as a great offensive mind and strong recruiter. Four days and the Flames have their new head coach.