Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze has some interesting ties to both the outgoing and incoming interim coach at LSU. Not only is he good friends with Les Miles, he’s also coached under Ed Orgeron from 2006-07. On Wednesday’s SEC coaches teleconference, Freeze touched on his emotions he felt about Miles’ situation.
“When I heard the news, literally, my stomach was sick,” Freeze said. “Les has been so genuinely kind to me and my family. I consider him a heck of a football coach and even a better man.
Freeze’s family was very close with the former LSU coach, who was fired by the university on Sunday. Freeze said his daughters wanted to sit down and have a conversation about why it happened.
“I never want to see anyone get hurt, and certainly someone I was so fond of. That was difficult to see,” Freeze said.
When Orgeron took over as head coach at Ole Miss in 2005, Freeze was hired as the assistant athletic director for football external affairs for a season. He then moved on to be the tight ends coach for Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron in 2006 and 2007.
“I’m so indebted to him for giving me an opportunity. There’s no doubt I would not be where I am today without him giving me a chance, and then trusting me after just one year in an off-the-field spot to be able to go on the field and coach for him.”