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