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Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze emerged as a possible candidate for the open offensive coordinator position at Alabama.

Alabama football: Hugh Freeze reportedly spotted at Alabama football complex

Matt Speakman

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Alabama talks to former SEC West coach

Alabama is currently searching for a new offensive coordinator. Current wide receivers coach Mike Locksley and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long have emerged as possible hires. On Tuesday, Alabama talked to a big name for the position. According to a report by Aaron Suttles of Tuscaloosa News, former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was in Tuscaloosa on Monday at Alabama’s football complex.

Coach Nick Saban has always spoken about his respect for Freeze, who had a lot of success on offense against Saban’s defenses. He coached at Ole Miss for five seasons. Despite the rumors that Freeze interviewed for the job, Sports Illustrated’s Bruce Feldman said is was not to interview for the offensive coordinator position.

In other headlines …

  • Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne were both nominated for the Lombardi Award.
  • SEC Network radio host Paul Finebaum said he always felt like Alabama was just renting former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for a season.

Mekhi Brown transfers

Alabama linebacker Mekhi Brown announced he will transfer to FCS school Tennessee State, according to The Tennessean. Brown predominantly played on special teams this past season and famously attacked an Alabama staffer on the sideline during the national championship. Brown remained in the game, however, and made a big play later on a kickoff. According to his teammate, running back Josh Jacobs, Brown’s transfer was not a result of the incident during the game.

Brown also posted on Twitter that he was transferring. Brown was a 4-star linebacker in high school. He ranked as the No. 116 recruit in the Class of 2015, according to 247Sports. After learning of his transfer, fans sent numerous messages to Brown.

Honored in his hometown

The accolades just keep pouring in for Alabama players, even after the national championship. Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis was given the key to the city in his hometown of Meridian, Miss.

During the 2017 season, Davis led Alabama with 8.5 quarterback sacks. He also had 69 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss. He posted a sack in the championship win against Georgia.

Around the Capstone

  • Alabama women’s basketball forward Ashley Williams was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after sustaining an injury against Mississippi State. She is now day-to-day.
  • Alabama men’s tennis is off to its best start since 2008 after picking up a pair of wins.

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