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Vols targeting Hugh Freeze as offensive coordinator

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to ESPN insider Chris Low, Hugh Freeze is being targeted by the Tennessee Volunteers to become their new offensive coordinator. Freeze has been out of football since leaving as the Ole Miss Rebels head coach.

The Volunteers lost former offensive coordinator Tyson Helton on Tuesday. Helton became the new Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach.

Former Mississippi Rebels Head coach Hugh Freeze reacts during a game against the Georgia Southern Eagles
Hugh Freeze reacts during a game against the Georgia Southern Eagles (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Helton replaced Mike Sanford, who lasted just two seasons at the school.

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“I think Hugh Freeze is a real possibility and he will be given serious consideration,” Low said Wednesday on Jayson Swain’s radio show. “(Jeremy) Pruitt has several guys on his list and one of those guys is Freeze. I don’t know that he’s the guy at the head of that list, but I do expect Jeremy to talk to him. I think he can help Tennessee. He could help Jeremy. He’s proven. (Nick) Saban tried to hire him last year before the SEC sort of squashed that.

“A lot of the stuff he talked with Saban and his staff about they ran this year at Alabama. I do think Freeze is in it and will be given serious consideration. If Jeremy decides that who he wants and he’s the best fit, then I think it’ll happen.”

Freeze was the Rebels head coach from 2012 through 2016.

The 49-year-old Oxford, Mississippi native also spent one season as the Arkansas State Red Wolves head coach. He also was the Red Wolves offensive coordinator in 2010.

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He was the Lambuth Eagles head coach in 2008 and 2009. Prior to becoming the Eagles head coach, he was the Rebels tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2006 and 2007.

He was the Briarcrest (Tennessee) High School Saints head coach from 1995 through 2004. He began his coaching career as the Saints offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach from 1992 through 1994.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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