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Is Hugh Freeze Likely the Next Auburn Offensive Coordinator (with Poll)?

By on December 5th, 2018 in Football 21 Comments »

Could these two guys be working together next year on the Plains? (photo: Auburn Media file)

Now that Clemson transfer Kelly Bryant has decided to play his final year of eligibility at Missouri, two big questions hover over the Auburn offense heading into the off season. First, whom will be the Tigers’ starting quarterback in 2019, and second, whom will Gus Malzahn hire to replace offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey after he was hired by Les Miles at Kansas?

The answer to the first is simple, barring another transfer option coming available: incoming freshman Bo Nix will battle junior Malik Willis for the job. Willis, having some college experience, has an edge over Nix but not much as he’s only thrown 13 passes while on the Plains.

The answer to the first question is not as clear. There have been over a dozen names thrown around that Malzahn could be interested in hiring. The odds-on favorite has to be former Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze. And it makes sense to hire Freeze on several levels.

The former head coach is itching to get back to coaching and redeem himself. He’s a great recruiter and a great offensive mind as he proved by taking the Rebels to the heights of the SEC. And he knows how to beat Alabama, having done it in back-to-back years in Oxford. But probably the most important thing is the fact that he and Gus are close friends. If anyone could stand up to Malzahn trying to meddle with his play calling, it would have to be Freeze.

Still, whether Gus could do that is a question that remains to be seen. Then there’s Commissioner Greg Sankey who stepped in and vetoed Nick Saban’s attempt to hire Freeze last summer. Would Sankey change his mind now and indicate Freeze’s banishment from the SEC ranks has been long enough? If he were to give a thumbs down on it again, you can bet Freeze will be coaching somewhere next season—just not in the SEC.

(The below poll was closed at 8:40 CT on 12-7-18)

Who would you like to see as the new Auburn Offensive Coordinator?

  • Hugh Freeze – Former Ole Miss HC (65%, 827 Votes)
  • Kendall Briles – Houston OC (10%, 130 Votes)
  • Mike Yurich – Oklahoma State OC (7%, 93 Votes)
  • Kodi Burns – Auburn Co-OC (6%, 71 Votes)
  • Jeff Scott – Clemson Co-OC (3%, 41 Votes)
  • Larry Fedora – Former North Carolina HC (2%, 25 Votes)
  • Eliah DrinkWitz – N.C. State OC (2%, 24 Votes)
  • Tee Martin – Former – OC at USC (2%, 23 Votes)
  • Mike Sanford – Former OC at Notre Dame and Boise State (2%, 21 Votes)
  • Bobby Bentley – South Carolina Running backs coach (1%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,264

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  1. WarSamEagle WarSamEagle says:

    I hope so. Not only would he do a great job but who else would be willing to step into a dysfunctional situation like Steven Leath just created for the program?

  2. meathead530 says:

    Is it me or does it seem like these are dark times for Auburn? Or perhaps I’m just being dramatic.

    Freeze might give Auburn a good shot of energy.

  3. meathead530 says:

    I’m also curious to see what everyone thinks about Auburn’s bowl game and opponent.

  4. Sullivan013 Sullivan013 says:

    In the untried-untested-but-I’d-love-to-see category, how much of a stretch would it be to put Kodi Burns in that role?

    His experience is obviously limited as a primary Offensive Coordinator. He would be an unknown and therefore an unlikely candidate due to him having to be coached into that role by Malzahn. But seeing as that would also bring Malzahn closer to the play calling, that might not be a bad thing, based upon Gus’s success in that arena.

    In Kodi’s favor are his recruitment history, commitment to the school, intelligence and quality experience from the standpoint of both an on-the-field mobile QB and receiver under Malzahn’s system. Not to mention, from what I’ve ever heard or read about him, his character is exemplary both as a player and a coach.

    I’d love for him to have his chance, but that would be a big stretch of trust to hand this to him as a first time OC role. It could be a great thing for him professionally or it could burn him in his career field if it goes south.

  5. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    LOL!! The rumor mill is heating up big time… Bryant didn’t choose Auburn, I dont expect High to choose Auburn either. Gus is a dead man walking and that is hurting us. If Freeze came on board surely he’d have to parlay a coach-in-waiting deal once Gus is fired next year. I just don’t see Gus being buddy buddy with his replacement. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE!

    • dyingculture dyingculture says:

      Kind of surprised to see that Bryant picked Missouri. Malzahn being in hot water doesnn’t affect Bryant either, since he will only be around for a year. Sure their schedule is way easier, but the team talent is at the bottom of the SEC and they have no chance of competing for a championship even with him.

      • Jason Wright says:

        I read were Bryant said he picked Mizzou because one, they had been after him from the start but mainly because he liked the fact that their OC, Derrick Dooley, had coached in the NFL and felt like that would help him get to the pro’s.

      • Jonathon Jonathon says:

        It’s a head scratcher. But again, AU right now is a Shi* Show.

  6. Im4Auburn says:

    God I hope not. We don’t need Freeze and his baggage. We have enough drama on the Plains now.

  7. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    A lot of good options here. Drinkwitz, good. Yurich, good. Tee Martin, I don’t know but he is proven to be an awesome recruiter. And of course there is Freeze. That’s a good list, and leaves a lot of room for optimism here. One way or another, there will be a good hire and a probable upgrade over Lindsey.

  8. I still like Gus but he might as well give Kodi Burns the title and hire another position coach cause he has proven he can’t stay out of the OC’s way.

  9. easyedwin easyedwin says:

    Is it getting cold in here, or is it just me?

  10. I hope this happens.
    Freeze and Steele can get us back to the top. It also would please me that Saban was denied and Auburn was approved to make the hire.

  11. Freeze wants a multi year deal. AU powers that be are as if yet not obliging.

  12. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    I cannot believe Gus isn’t fired… this is just comical. WTH, SMH, LOL. Nothing left to do but laugh, laugh, laugh… uncomfortably.

  13. Dareilly89 says:

    What is going on at Auburn!?! This whole situation has shown just how many jackasses we have in power at Auburn. We have people in power who don't have the stones to admit that they made the most idoitic decision of guaranteeing a mediocre coach who can't develop talent $32 MILLION DOLLARS, and instead of fire the guy, say, "no, let's make life as miserable for him and the Auburn family as possible, so we can save face on the ludicrous moron business decision we've made and then we can fire him and hopefully find another coach".

    This is so pathetic and we are once again the laughing stock of college football. It's beyond me…let's just keep on making headlines.

    Please…fire Leath and get a competent president who understands how important Auburn football is to the Auburn family. May need to examine the board of trustees as well. This is just so bad….well…WDE anyway and always. Rant over.

    • I'm frustrated, angry, and just plain embarrassed by my school. Somebody with some influence needs to step in and stop this circus. Leath and his cohorts are not just hurting Malzahn but the players and all the fans and alumni too. If they don't won't to pay the buyout, then p l e a s e don't try to hurt the program. Give him the coordinator he needs and everything else he needs to win. Then if he fails … fire him but don't try to make it so that Auburn is set up to lose.

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