Reports: Freeze to be named coach at Liberty

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Former Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze is expected to be named the next head coach at Liberty.

Freeze, who resigned from Ole Miss in July 2017 after off-field issues of his personal life surfaced, could be named to his new post as early as Friday, FootballScoop.com reported, citing sources with direct knowledge of the situation.

Liberty is seeking a replacment for Turner Gill, who on Monday announced his retirement from coaching. In a statement released through the school, Gill noted that wife was dealing with a heart condition.

Freeze parted ways with Ole Miss after the university found records of phone calls from Freeze to an escort service on his school-issued cell phone. He had previously received a one-year show-cause penalty and a two-game suspension from the NCAA for failure to monitor his staff.

The NCAA accused Ole Miss of 15 Level I violations, including lack of institutional control, during Freeze’s tenure. The school banned from playing in a bowl again next season and the Rebels also received additional scholarship deductions in the ruling the university received from the NCAA committee on infractions.

Liberty just completed its first season as an FBS program, compiling a 6-6 record under Gill, who went 47-35 in seven seasons with the Flames.

Freeze compiled a 39-25 record in five seasons at Mississippi, including a 5-7 record in 2016. Ole Miss went to four bowl games under Freeze, who was making more than $5 million a year at the time of his resignation. He went 10-3 in one season at Arkansas State before taking over at Ole Miss.

Liberty president Jerry Falwell invited Freeze to a symposium in January that featured topics of perseverance and redemption. During his speech, Freeze told the audience he had discovered “a total new appreciation for integrity” during his time away from coaching.

“I had to say to people that I loved, ‘I am sorry, please forgive me,” Freeze said. “And today is really the first day I can tell the faith family, ‘I am sorry, please forgive me.'”

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