The end of Hugh Freeze’s tenure at Ole Miss has led to many people questioning whether there will be a beginning for Freeze elsewhere.
As catastrophic as things seem for Freeze’s career after the news of his resignation took the national media by storm on Thursday evening, one former athletic director believes the winter that came for Freeze will pass quickly.
Jim Livengood, a former AD at UNLV, Arizona and Washington State, promptly told Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel that “I think he will coach again” when asked about his long-term coaching career.
“Everyone in these situations,” Livengood said. “They all coach again.”
According to Thamel, multiple university officials and industry sources on Thursday night and Friday morning agree with that outlook. Thamel wrote that one laughed while saying “of course he will” in reference to whether Freeze will get hired again.
What’s Livengood’s reason for Freeze having such a rosy forecast?
“Because he won.” He reiterated that same factor when touching on how coaches can overcome the most humiliating ousters: “You better win.”
The 47-year-old Oxford native certainly did that during his five years with Ole Miss, guiding the program to a rare 10-win season in 2015 that culminated with an equally uncommon Sugar Bowl victory following years of steady improvement.
Regardless of the circumstances that surrounded that success, Thamel writes that Freeze “won big at a place that rarely did.” Traditionally, schools have shown a willingness to roll the dice — and quickly — on that merit alone.