When Ole Miss fired Dan Werner after a difficult 5-7 campaign in 2016, it wasn’t unexpected that some SEC rivals would still come calling. Even still, when Alabama decided to hire Warner on Tuesday as an offensive analyst, it was a bittersweet moment for Hugh Freeze.
According to Oxford Eagle reporter Davis Potter, despite it being his biggest SEC West rival, Freeze was active in the process as Nick Saban reached out to him for information.
“Hopefully I helped him,” Freeze said. “I don’t know if I did or not. He got it, so I didn’t hurt him. I think Dan is a heck of a football coach and even more of a quality man. He deserves any opportunity he gets, and I’m really happy for him. I hate that it’s in the SEC West, but that tends to happen.”
Despite the sub .500 record last season, Werner guided Ole Miss to a top 15 national finish in passing. Ole Miss knocking off Alabama in two of the past three meetings in high-scoring fashion probably boosted his odds in being sought after.
However, Freeze isn’t concerned that Werner is going to have any scoops on Ole Miss in his new gig. The Rebels are going to be revamped on offense under new coordinator Phil Longo.
“Everything’s totally new this year,” Freeze said.
Werner will get his first crack at his former employer on Sept. 30 (time TBD) when Alabama hosts Ole Miss.