If Charlie Strong’s disappointing tenure as Texas coach comes to an end this offseason, two of the SEC’s top offensive minds may be on the short list of replacement candidates.
According to Dan Wolken of USA Today, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze are among those connected to the opening if the Longhorns miss out on their purported top target, Houston coach Tom Herman. Wolken also mentions Freeze as a possible fit at LSU if interim coach Ed Orgeron doesn’t earn the permanent gig.
McElwain, whose Gators are 5-1 this season, has a 37-21 record in five seasons coaching at Florida and Colorado State. UF went 10-4 and won the SEC East during his first year in The Swamp.
Freeze is in his eighth year coaching at the college level overall. Ole Miss has improved its win total in every season under his watch, culminating in last year’s 10-win campaign, in which Freeze helped guide the Rebels to their first Sugar Bowl appearance since 1970.
Neither Freeze nor McElwain has previously coached in the state of Texas.
Texas is off to a 3-3 start in Strong’s third season with the program, which is 14-17 since he arrived, and recently demoted defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. The Longhorns have remaining games against West Virginia and Baylor, the last two undefeated teams in the Big 12.