A number of SEC football programs were showing interest in former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze. However, despite the interest, Freeze was not hired and it was SEC commissioner Greg Sankey who was stopping teams from making any official move.
According to a report from Al.com, “at least five SEC schools had contact with Freeze about on-field jobs this offseason.”
Alabama, LSU and Missouri were among the teams that reached out.
Ultimately, Sankey discouraged teams from hiring Freeze and he now remains in the unemployment line.
From the report:
However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey encouraged Alabama not to hire a man as well known for the personal shortcomings that led to his Ole Miss resignation as he is for his success as a coach.
It’s the primary reason why Saban, the highest-paid and most powerful coach in college football, couldn’t add Freeze to his staff this offseason, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation who provided previously unreported details about Alabama’s pursuit of the former Ole Miss head coach.
Freeze is currently facing a two-game suspension if he is hired as a head coach before Nov. 30 due to NCAA infractions. The 48-year-old coach holds an overall head coaching record of 69-32.