Liberty introduces Hugh Freeze as head football coach

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze agrees to deal as Liberty's head coach

Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze agrees to deal as Liberty's head coach

Reports broke Friday morning that the Christian college in Virginia has drawn up contracts with Hugh Freeze, who resigned from his previous coaching job at Ole Miss a year ago after an investigation found that he'd used his school-issued cell phone to call escort services on multiple occasions.

More than that, however, after leaving MS in 2017 amid controversy, his arrival at the private, Christian school signifies something of a new beginning.

Freeze brings over 25 years of continued coaching success to Liberty, including head coaching experience that has led to conference titles, nationally ranked recruiting classes and bowl appearances at multiple stops during his highly decorated career.

Ole Miss officials said Freeze exhibited "a pattern of personal misconduct inconsistent with the standards we expect from the leader of our football team". The investigation determined that he used a school-issued cell phone to call escort services on multiple occasions.

Former Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze has officially been introduced as the football coach at Liberty University.

Recruiting restrictions were also imposed on Ole Miss's program as a result.

Freeze had discussions with Auburn, Tennessee and Florida State about their vacant offensive coordinator positions in recent weeks.

"What an honor it is for me and my family to join the Liberty family", Freeze said in a Liberty Athletics news release. "Please forgive me, '" Freeze said during the school's chapel service. "It's somewhere you're embraced and people understand grace and people celebrate you not only for who you are, but whose you are".

Freeze had a previous connection with Liberty.

Freeze replaces Turner Gill, who had been the head coach at Liberty since 2012. "And today is really the first day I can tell the faith family, 'I am sorry".

Liberty's decision to hire Freeze despite his scandalous past came as no surprise to some, given who it's hired in the past. Gill retired after his seventh season to spend more time with his ailing wife. The Flames finished 6-6 this season, their first competing at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, and were 47-35 under Gill.

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