Alabama football: Hugh Freeze reportedly spotted at Alabama football complex
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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.
Former #OleMiss HC Hugh Freeze did meet with Nick Saban today. I don’t think it was all abt the Bama OC vacancy. The hunch here is Saban promotes from within for that..Last yr Saban hired Freeze’s old OC Dan Werner as an offensive analyst. Werner took the SoCar QB job last wk.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 16, 2018
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.
Him leaving had nothing to do with the Championship game……. Bruhh was planning on leaving half way through the year and still balled every time he was on the field much love brudda Ima support regardless 💯💯💯💯
— Josh Jacobs (@iAM_JoshJacobs) January 16, 2018
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.
— Meridian Football (@meridianftball) January 15, 2018
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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