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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Auburn football: Charles Barkley reveals who he wanted as head coach

AU legend Charles Barkley had an opinion of who he wanted to replace Bryan Harsin as Auburn football head coach, and it wasn’t the man they actually hired — that being former Liberty Flames head coach Hugh Freeze. Barkley instead wanted AU to be ready for ‘Prime Time,’ but Bo Jackson himself openly questioned whether […]

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Auburn football fans feel victimized by Lane Kiffin’s Alabama state title tweet

Auburn football fans didn’t need Lane Kiffin reminding them about the Alabama 7A State Championship matchup on November 30, but there the Ole Miss Rebels coach was keeping his name fresh in the heads of Tiger fans. Kiffin, of course, was the leading candidate to take over the AU head coaching role following the firing […]

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Auburn football: Hugh Freeze ready to focus on recruiting, transfer portal

The Auburn football program has finally turned a corner with the naming of an official head coach in Hugh Freeze, who immediately made the smart decision to retain former interim head coach Cadillac Williams as Associate Head Coach. Now that he has officially gotten the job, Freeze has a lot of things to focus on, […]

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Auburn football: UAB HC called better coach of QBs than Hugh Freeze

AL.com has already begun its campaign against new Auburn football head coach Hugh Freeze, penning an inflammatory cartoon taking aim at his many controversies, and now taking shots at his coaching abilities relative to the coaching position he just received. On November 30, AL.com sports columnist Joseph Goodman said that the University of Alabama-Birmingham actually […]

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Auburn football fans detest AL.com’s inflammatory Hugh Freeze cartoon

Auburn football fans couldn’t believe their eyes upon seeing AL.com depict Hugh Freeze in the most hatefully shaming way — sharing a cartoon on its official Twitter page of a shadowy figure in a van asking where on the Plains he could find a ‘Christian escort service’ seemingly titled ‘Auburn could have had a Cadillac’… […]

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Auburn Football Review: Alabama

Auburn Football Review: Alabama

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Auburn football players, commits react to Hugh Freeze hire

After a long, drama-filled coaching search on the Plains, it has officially been announced that Hugh Freeze will be the next head coach of Auburn football. While the decision is considered controversial by many, the Auburn administration has thoroughly vetted Freeze and Athletics Director John Cohen has decided he is the best man for the […]

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Auburn football QB Robby Ashford endorses HC Hugh Freeze

The Auburn football program is officially entering a new era. After the Bryan Harsin fiasco, the impressive healing conducted by Cadillac Williams, and a drama-filled coaching search, Athletics Director John Cohen has settled on Hugh Freeze as the next head coach on the Plains. There was a lot of pushback from a portion of the […]

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Auburn football: Gus Malzahn tells Hugh Freeze he’ll love coaching Tigers

Not everyone is a fan of the man AU Athletic Director John Cohen didn’t make a head coach hiring that everyone appreciates in his decision to name Hugh Freeze the new Auburn football HC, but a former national champion quarterbacks coach loves it. The Tigers head coach during their last national championship appearance in 2013, […]

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Hugh Freeze Hired as Head Football Coach

NCAA Football: LendingTree Bowl-Eastern Michigan at Liberty
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Auburn fanbase split, hilarity will surely ensue.

Well, they did it anyway.

Despite a public outcry over the past three days, John Cohen (with help from a complement of boosters) made the hire that a majority of the Auburn fanbase was dreading. The Tigers will be now be led by Hugh Freeze, disgraced former coach at Ole Miss. He came from Liberty, where he spent the last three seasons.

Freeze got his start at the FBS level at Arkansas State, where he preceded Gus Malzahn as head coach. His only season in Jonesboro, the Red Wolves went 10-2 and won the Sun Belt. After that, he headed to Ole Miss for five seasons, where the Rebels went 39-25 over that time. They finished 5th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd, and 7th in the SEC West in each of those seasons, and finished with a winning conference record in only 2014-2015. After the 2016 season, in which the Rebels went just 5-7, Freeze resigned from his position after it was discovered that he had overseen a football program that committed a myriad of violations and was in the process of being charged with failure to monitor and lack of institutional control.

Furthermore, Freeze dealt with personal issues when it was revealed that he had contacted escort services multiple times over a five-year period with his university phone. After a 17-month absence from the coaching game, he was hired at Liberty and went 6-6, 8-5, 10-1, and 8-5 before finishing this season at 8-4. Liberty lost the final three games of the year, including a 49-14 drubbing at the hands of New Mexico State this past Saturday.

We’ve made our thoughts on this hire known, and we’re not fans. Hugh Freeze carries baggage, and despite his platitudes, does not deserve to have this job and will not unite the fanbase the way that Cadillac Williams did over the last month. Much of the good will that the Auburn administration has built up with firing Bryan Harsin, setting up Cadillac, and unveiling the new football facility will be erased by the distraction of having to deal with questions about Hugh Freeze’s background and transgressions. These aren’t transgressions from the distant past either, but from four months ago.

It remains to be seen what the full details of his employment will be, but early reports say it’s a 6-year deal with $6.5M being his salary. We’ll also see who he chooses to retain on staff and what the rest of his assistants will look like.

Here’s to the next era of Auburn football, taking full advantage of the end of Nick Saban’s career by hiring a worse version of the guy we fired two years ago.



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Auburn football: Tigers hiring Hugh Freeze as next head coach

After many months, it seems that the Auburn football coaching search is coming to a close. Bryan Harsin was fired before he could even finish his second season on the Plains, finishing off his run in bad shape with the Auburn family. Cadillac Williams was named interim head coach in Harsin’s place, and was immediately […]

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Hugh Freeze, Auburn Reportedly Agree to 6-Year, $39M Contract as Head Coach

Liberty football head coach Hugh Freeze is reportedly set to return to the SEC.

According to ESPN's Chris Low, Freeze has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach at Auburn. ESPN's Pete Thamel reported Freeze's deal will be for six years and have an average salary of $6.5 million per year.

Freeze had previously coached at Ole Miss from 2012 to 2016. He resigned prior to the 2017 season after admitting to personal misconduct.

Thamel reported Saturday that Freeze and Auburn had informally been engaged in contract discussions for "more than a week," with an offer expected to come after Saturday's Iron Bowl against No. 7 Alabama. The Tigers lost the game 49-27 to end the regular season with a 5-7 record and 2-6 conference record, ranking sixth in the SEC West.

Freeze coached Liberty to an 8-4 record this season, though the Flames ended the year with three consecutive losses. Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger added that Auburn will owe Liberty "around $3 million" as part of a buyout for hiring Freeze.

Since being hired by Liberty in December 2018, the 53-year-old led the team to a 34-15 record over four seasons and helped the Flames qualify for bowl games for the first time in program history. The Flames gone 3-0 in postseason matchups under Freeze.

During his time at Ole Miss, Freeze had coached the Rebels to a 39-25 record.

An NCAA investigation uncovered recruiting violations, most of which occurred under Freeze, while school officials found Freeze used a university cellphone to contact a number affiliated with an escort service. Following the NCAA investigation, Ole Miss had to vacate 33 wins, 27 of which were under Freeze. Sanctions also included a two-year postseason ban, a three-year probation period and scholarship reductions.

Freeze has only had one losing season in his 12 years as a college football head coach. He now will be at the helm of an Auburn program that hasn't finished higher than third in the SEC West since 2017 and has lost three consecutive bowl games.



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Hugh Freeze, Auburn Reportedly Agree to Contract as New Head Coach

Liberty football head coach Hugh Freeze is reportedly set to return to the SEC.

According to ESPN's Chris Low, Freeze has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach at Auburn. He had previously coached at Ole Miss from 2012 to 2016. He resigned prior to the 2017 season after admitting to personal misconduct.


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Auburn football: There is belief the coaching search ends today

The 2022 season was going to be of the utmost importance for Bryan Harsin, and when he failed to deliver a promising Auburn football team, the program ultimately decided to part ways with the second-year head coach. Speculation began immediately about who would be the next head coach on the Plains, with the fan favorite […]

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DO NOT HIRE HUGH FREEZE

See reason, John Cohen.

I don’t even know where to start with this, and I’m only writing this piece because other members of College and Magnolia would be unable to turn the caps lock key off and restrain from this being obscenely profane. However, the underlying message is the same.

John Cohen, do not hire Hugh Freeze as head football coach at Auburn University.

There are so many directions with which to take this, but I’ll start here first. You’ve seen the past month for Auburn fans. We finally got rid of a coach who didn’t seem to care, who didn’t want to recruit, who didn’t want to connect with these young men and make their lives a priority of his. With him gone, it was like we got to come out of a trance and embrace someone to carry us into the light. Cadillac Williams got the interim job and we all knew that this was someone we could support.

The evidence since he got the interim gig shows that Auburn was on the right path. Draining the swamp of the cretins that Bryan Harsin had put on staff and instilling the values that the Auburn Creeders love to extoll. While it’s nice to say those things and stand high and mighty above others, Cadillac was fucking doing them. Getting his guys to go to class, making them men.

You watch the video of Pat Dye after the 1989 Iron Bowl, tearing up because he watched his guys become men, that’s Cadillac. He’s doing it. He did it. And we felt great about it for the month he was in charge. He went 2-2, we won the games we were expecting to and lost the ones we expected to. Record didn’t matter, and it seemed like the entire college football world knew about what Auburn was doing because of what they saw when an entire fanbase came out to support a 3-6 team and made Jordan-Hare Stadium as rowdy as it’s ever been.

We were doing the thing, you know, where you take steps to entrench yourself as a top program. Getting the buyback from the fans that Bryan Harsin had lost. Getting the world to notice. Building the newest and most ridiculous football facility in the land. Stuffing money into the NIL fund to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. We’re ready to do this.

And you want to hire Hugh Freeze to manage that.

Now, I know he wasn’t the first choice. I get that, John. But don’t ask us to support this man. You wanted a splash hire, Lane Kiffin would’ve been it. It would’ve signaled that Auburn was going to pony up the dollars to compete with the big boys. We haven’t done it in a serious way since Mal Moore started the exponential rise of coaching salaries in 2007. Sure, there was that idiotic contract that Steven Leath worked out for Gus Malzahn in 2017, and we saw how silly that made us look when we had to pay out just three years later. Either way, Kiffin would’ve been the guy. Recruits knew him, everyone in college football knew him, and there would’ve been a line out the door for guys to come play for him with Auburn’s resources, especially if Cadillac had been kept on staff. Lane would have been the splash hire.

Do you remember the last time Auburn made a splash hire?

This would’ve been it. But Lane turned us down. And that’s fine.

BUT YOUR SECOND CHOICE WAS HUGH FREEZE? Unacceptable. Let’s run it down.

This is a man who, most notably, got fired by Ole Miss because he was using his university cell phone to make calls to prostitutes. He claimed it was a “misdialed number”, yet he had called multiple times. After stepping down, we also got to hear about the rampant cheating that had gone on at Ole Miss under his leadership. From Wikipedia:

The investigation reopened soon after star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil admitted taking money from one of Freeze’s assistants.[26] In February 2017—three months after suffering its first losing season since the year Freeze arrived—Ole Miss withdrew from bowl consideration for the upcoming season. The move came on the same day that the NCAA sent an updated notice of allegations charging the Rebels with eight additional violations. Most seriously, it accused Freeze of not monitoring his assistants, and also accused Ole Miss of not properly controlling the program.[25]

Huh. Failure to monitor. Lack of institutional control. You know, just the most serious NCAA infractions. The kind of thing we laughed at Alabama for years about when they got caught doing this with Albert Means. But wait, we certainly laughed at Alabama much, much more about, I don’t know... USING UNIVERSITY PROPERTY TO GET YOURSELF A HOOKER.

Good lord, Mike Price didn’t even coach a game in Tuscaloosa for this kind of thing and we want to give Hugh Freeze a second chance on it? No, no. Not even a second chance. He had his second chance when Liberty, a bastion of integrity, snatched him up from Arena League offers and gave him the job. I wonder who at Liberty would be sympathetic to a guy just trying to get laid, no matter what’s in the way.

Oh yeah, it’s this waxy corpse of a man.

The complexion you get from one too many deals with the devil.

Ian McCaw hired Hugh Freeze to be head coach at Liberty, and this comes after McCaw found himself at Liberty after his time at Baylor, where he was forced to resign after uh, turning a blind eye to gang rape.

Baylor University itself admitted that McCaw knew about the rape allegations and just didn’t do shit. But it’s alright, because according to Hugh Freeze —

— Jesus would’ve been flipping tables to help protect the people that were hurt under Ian McCaw’s watch. Going to church doesn’t make you a good person, and leading the athletic department at a religious institution doesn’t give you the inside track to heaven, no matter what Hugh thinks.

What’s the deal with that screenshot of a DM? Oh yeah, that’s just what Hugh sent to a sexual assault victim when she named Ian McCaw and other leaders at Liberty in her lawsuit that the university shockingly covered up allegations of sexual assault. Pretty apparent pattern there, isn’t it, Ian?

Let’s not also forget that Hugh Freeze has sent DMs to members of this website on Twitter after they tweeted something he did not like. He has never been affiliated with Auburn in any way, yet couldn’t help himself. Ian McCaw would approve of that. All of Will Herring’s “Hugh Freeze is a good man who would love on his players” talk, and he couldn’t think to phrase it any differently than that? Hugh would definitely like to love on something, but it’s not his players if we go by his past.

Damn, we’re over 1,100 words and we haven’t even mentioned why he doesn’t deserve to be the head coach at Auburn based on football sense. The last thing we’ll tell you about his transgressions above is to remind you who’s the super sleuth that figured out he had prostitutes on speed dial.

Hugh Freeze got taken out back by Houston Nutt. All joking aside, he’s too stupid to manage Auburn’s football program.

Now, in terms of football, why does anyone want him to be our coach? There are two obvious reasons, and they both came more than 7 years ago. He beat Alabama twice in a row. In 2014 and 2015 he beat Alabama. Yes, it’s true. Let’s look at those wins.

In 2014, they caught Bama early in the year when the Tide were trying to figure out what they had. Lane Kiffin was their new offensive coordinator, and they went into Oxford and lost 23-17. Bama had 2 turnovers, Blake Sims was the quarterback, it happens.

Then in 2015, Ole Miss went into Tuscaloosa and won 43-37 in the dumbest football game of all time. You think Gus ran the “gotchya and grabass” to perfection? Shoutout to our buddies across the state for that phrase.

In 2015, Alabama committed 5 turnovers, didn’t start the guy that would eventually win them a national title (Jacob Coker), and instead started a guy who had a more Bama name (Cooper Bateman). Ole Miss got two incredibly lucky plays, one the ole blind heave, double-doink into the hands of the streaking receiver touchdown, and the other, well, let’s just say they wrote not one, but two articles about it over at Roll Bama Roll. It was the infamous Pop Pass, the game-tying touchdown that Gus Malzahn drew up in the 2013 Iron Bowl. Linemen downfield? It was borderline for us, but nobody was looking for it back then. Two years later? It’s a wonder Nick Saban’s forehead vein didn’t Pop Pass him into early retirement.

You know it was bad when this play wasn’t even the biggest thorn for them:

Either way, Ole Miss won despite Alabama storming back from a 20-point deficit and having the ball with a chance to win on the final possession. Then they turned around and got blown out by Florida, only to slip back into irrelevance. He took a team the next season that had A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, Van Jefferson, and Evan Engram, and went 5-7. His former star players? Uh...

Look, maybe we all got a little tired of Gus Malzahn, and maybe it was time for us to part. But we can’t pick up with Gus Lite just two years later and pretend like we don’t realize what we’re doing. Hugh runs the exact same offense, he just did it worse. Gus beat Alabama more times, and we fired him. Hugh never won any titles, unless you count “Biggest Blowout Loss in Peach Bowl History” as a championship.

When this news broke on Saturday morning that he was the top target, he promptly showed us what he could do and lost 49-14 to New Mexico State. I’m sold. I’m sure that this is just Jimmy Sexton doing his job and appealing to the lowest common denominator in an effort to make money, and that’s fine, but we don’t have to entertain it. Word is that Auburn has hired a “crisis communications firm” to handle the PR and optics on this particular decision. You don’t think that’s a red flag in itself? You can avoid having to pay some group that does this sort of thing by not hiring this guy.

As for what we should do next? There are a million different paths that this can go, but there are only a few that can truly unite the Auburn fanbase, and continue what we had over the past few weeks. Hugh Freeze ain’t it, because Hugh Freeze ain’t shit.



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