Booger McFarland has weighed in on the reports that former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze met with Alabama coach Nick Saban about a possible position on the Crimson Tide’s staff.
On Monday night, reports surfaced that Freeze was in Tuscaloosa to speak with Saban, who’s trying to fill the Crimson Tide’s vacant offensive coordinator role. CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee reported that Freeze could try to land an offensive analyst role rather than become Alabama’s offensive coordinator after the Buffalo Bills hired away Brian Daboll on Sunday.
On Tuesday, McFarland appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show and gave his take on the Freeze rumors. The ESPN analyst spoke about how Saban’s approval could rehab Freeze’s image after the former Rebels coach resigned in July.
“Nick Saban understands that his stamp of approval is basically like God now in the coaching industry,” McFarland told Finebaum. “And if you come work for him, you’re almost guaranteed that whoever works for him is going to get a job somewhere else, especially if Nick Saban signs off on you. He did it for Lane Kiffin. He’s done it for other coaches. Steve Sarkisian moved on even though he was there for only a minute. So if Hugh wants a job as an analyst, and he can learn something and also bring something … I really don’t care one way or another. I think it would be good for Hugh. I think Hugh has been through enough.”
McFarland is right. Saban hiring Freeze would go a long way toward helping the former Ole Miss coach repair his image, after numerous examples of off-field trouble in Oxford during his stint there.
McFarland added that he’s all for giving someone a second chance. For Freeze, a job on Saban’s staff would qualify as such. Will it happen? It remains to be seen. But working at Alabama could be the best possible outcome for Freeze at this point.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 2018