These past three seasons have been an amazing ride under the wing of head coach Hugh Freeze. The season before Freeze came to Oxford, the Rebels experienced a two win season, and none of those wins came from within the conference. Freeze was selected by Archie Manning as the new head coach, and it was the best decision that would later be proven on the field.
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In just three years, Freeze has turned around the Ole Miss football program from turmoil to overnight success. He has accomplished so much and at a faster rate than most other current SEC coaches with the mission to rebuild a program. Butch Jones at Tennessee is in his second season as the Vols head coach. They are just now becoming bowl eligible for the first time in his tenure. Mike Stoops at Kentucky will also be going into his third season as head coach next year, but has had very little success and is still looking for that bowl game. Bret Bielema at Arkansas just wrapped up year three, and is just now reaching a six win season, and a bowl game. It took Dan Mullen seven years to get Mississippi State to the success they had this season, which turned out to be equivalent to the success Freeze had this season at Ole Miss.
During his time at Ole Miss, Freeze has sent the Rebels to two-straight bowl victories, and is in pursuit of a third. He has brought in some of the best all-around talent this program has seen. His resume includes a victory over every team in the SEC West, two-straight bowl wins, 2-1 record in the Egg Bowl, and three wins over top ten rank teams. And that success looks as though it will continue with Freeze as head coach.
“Say it with me, I AM AN OLE MISS REBEL.” – Hugh Freeze
Since Will Muschamp was fired at Florida, rumors had circulated that Freeze was being considered for the Florida job. It went as far as Florida making an offer to Freeze, but the credibility of that source was denied, by Florida and Freeze ruling out an offer even occurring. What is not a rumor is that Freeze has been offered a $4 million extension to stay at Ole Miss, and has accepted that offer.
Earlier today, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork and Hugh Freeze made this deal known on Twitter. Freeze made it quite clear that he was happy where he was at, and the odds of him staying look much bigger now.
The real front runner for the Florida job is Colorado State coach Jim McElwain. Which would seem more likely of a Florida choice. Florida will find a new head coach, and probably a damn good one. But, rest assure, it won’t be Hugh Freeze.