There could be a bunch riding on Hugh Freeze’s recent hires.
On Wednesday, Ole Miss made official Jacob Peeler’s hire as the Rebels’ wide receivers coach. It was the latest move in a recent shakeup of Freeze’s staff after the Rebels finished 5-7 this fall, which marked Ole Miss’ first losing campaign since Freeze became the Rebels’ coach before the 2012 season.
To Davis Potter of The Oxford Eagle, there’s plenty at stake for Freeze with all the moves.
Here’s part of Potter’s column published Wednesday:
In all, Freeze brought in five new assistants to join offensive line coach Matt Luke, running backs coach Derrick Nix, tight ends coach Maurice Harris and cornerbacks coach Jason Jones. What’s Ole Miss getting in them?
For starters, risk and reward.
There was little doubt when Freeze decided to make sweeping changes that he would target coaches who could recruit just as well if not better. Show me a successful coaching staff, and I’ll show you a plethora of good recruiters. …
Head coaches usually get one shot at this kind of overhaul before having to answer for the results. Only time will tell if Freeze got it right.
That’s solid analysis of the situation, and it will be fascinating to see how the upcoming seasons play out in Oxford.
Clearly, Freeze can’t avoid a string of losing campaigns. He hopes these new hires will lead to a fresh vision for his program, but it remains to be seen how the future will unfold.
It stands to reason that this will be Freeze’s last big shot to remake the Rebels. We’ll learn in time if he had good judgment with all these moves.