Hugh Freeze reportedly could find it hard to find work in the SEC before next season.
On Monday, Power Mizzou’s Gabe DeArmond used Twitter to report that the former Ole Miss coach “is not in play” to become Missouri’s offensive coordinator. Tigers coach Barry Odom is looking to fill the role after Josh Heupel left to become UCF’s coach.
But more interestingly, DeArmond added that based on information he has gathered, he doesn’t expect Freeze “to be in the SEC next season.”
Multiple sources indicate to me Hugh Freeze is not in play for the offensive coordinator opening at #Mizzou. Based on my info, I don’t expect Freeze to be in the SEC next season.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 11, 2017
Freeze went 39-25 as Ole Miss’ coach from 2012-16, before he parted ways with the school following a scandal that included him making calls to an escort service in Tampa, Fla., using a school-issued phone. He also was at the center of an NCAA investigation that led to multiple penalties for Ole Miss.
Freeze was given a one-year restriction penalty as a head coach when the recent NCAA ruling was released. Still, he can become an assistant coach immediately. He was Arkansas State’s offensive coordinator in 2010 before becoming that school’s head coach a year later.
It will take a leap of faith for anyone to hire Freeze after the bad headlines involving him this year. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see SEC schools stay far away from him for the time being.