AP source: Liberty hiring Coastal Carolina coach Chadwell
Liberty is hiring Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell to replace Hugh Freeze as the Flames’ head coach. Chadwell has guided the Chanticleers to new heights over the past three seasons, leading them to a 31-6 record and consecutive bowl games. ___AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report. ___AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Reports: Liberty hires Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell
Jamey Chadwell is making the move from Coastal Carolina to Liberty. According to multiple reports, Chadwell is heading to Liberty to replace Hugh Freeze. Chadwell has been the coach at Coastal for the past four seasons and the Chanticleers have won at least nine games in each of the past three years. That conference has recently positioned itself ahead of both Conference USA and the MAC in the Group of Five football hierarchy. The Sun Belt’s strength relative to Conference USA makes Chadwell’s move seem a bit odd on the surface.wftv.com
Schools increasingly giving disgraced coaches second chances
The questions came one after another the moment Xavier announced it was bringing back Sean Miller, its former and wildly successful basketball coach. The guy who had been fired by Arizona and left in his wake multiple NCAA violations. Athletic director Greg Christopher went on the defensive, calling the allegations “troubling."news.yahoo.com
As Auburn brings Hugh Freeze back to the SEC, don't forget about the mess he once made at Ole Miss
They were discovered in 2017 on Freeze's phone when he still coached Ole Miss. After all, Ole Miss was about to take on a two-year postseason ban, not to mention a loss of scholarships. The goal was obvious: trick everyone who believed in Hugh Freeze, who trusted Hugh Freeze, who gave their blood, sweat and tears to Hugh Freeze until, when the truth came out later via the NCAA infractions report, and it was either too late or too hard to transfer. It’s a brutal and cutthroat thing to do to your own players and their parents, but hey, that’s the choice Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss made. "Certain statements made by University employees in January 2016 appear to have contributed to misleading media reports about Coach Nutt," Ole Miss said in a 2017 statement.wftv.com
Auburn officially hires Hugh Freeze as head coach
Auburn announced Monday that it has hired Freeze, the ex-Ole Miss coach who most recently served as the head coach at Liberty. Auburn’s interest in Freeze reportedly intensified after Thanksgiving when current Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin decided to stay with the Rebels. "After a thoughtful, thorough, and well-vetted search, we ended where we started, with Hugh Freeze," Auburn athletic director John Cohen said. At Auburn, Freeze will be tasked with making the Tigers perennial contenders in the SEC West — something that recent Auburn coaches have shown is easier said than done with Nick Saban at Alabama. At Ole Miss, Freeze went 2-3 against Alabama.wftv.com
Auburn hires Liberty's Hugh Freeze, who's coming back to SEC
Auburn is hiring Liberty coach Hugh Freeze to take over the football program, more than five years after his resignation from SEC Western Division rival Mississippi amid both personal and NCAA scandals. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday that Freeze has signed a memorandum of understanding with the school. Sports Illustrated was first to report that Auburn was finalizing a deal with Freeze. ___AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Reports: Auburn finalizing deal with Hugh Freeze
According tomultiple reports, Auburn is finalizing a deal for the former Ole Miss coach and current Liberty coach to lead the Tigers. Auburn has been looking for a coach since firing Bryan Harsin during the middle of the season. Auburn’s interest in Freeze reportedly intensified after Thanksgiving when current Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin decided to stay with the Rebels. Freeze resigned from Ole Miss ahead of the 2017 season after it was revealed he made calls to escorts from his Ole Miss phone. That discovery came as part of a defamation suit by former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt against the school after he claimed Freeze was lying about Nutt’s role in NCAA violations.wftv.com
Lane Kiffin says he's staying at Ole Miss as Auburn reportedly focuses on Hugh Freeze
Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin told ESPN on Saturday that he’s staying at Ole Miss and Auburn has reportedly shifted its coaching search focus to Freeze. Ole Miss' regular season is over after it lost to Mississippi State on Thursday night to finish 8-4. The former Ole Miss coach has been at Liberty for the past four seasons and his teams have won at least eight games in each of those years. Freeze’s return to the SEC would come after his last season with Ole Miss came in 2016. The NCAA gave Ole Miss a two-year bowl ban in 2019 as well as four years of scholarship sanctions.wftv.com
No. 15 Ole Miss beats Liberty and former coach Freeze, 27-14
15 Mississippi past Liberty and the former Rebels coach 27-14 on Saturday. Ole Miss was also hit with NCAA sanctions for recruiting and academic violations that happened under Freeze. Dannis Jackson had six receptions for a game-high 126 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch. John Rhys Plumlee added seven receptions for 110 yards for an Ole Miss receiver corp that has been banged up. The Flames played better in the second half, but it was too late to really challenge their SEC opponent.wftv.com
Barbir's FG gives No. 25 Liberty 38-35 win over Hokies
25 Liberty to a 38-35 victory over Virginia Tech. But officials ruled that Virginia Tech had called a timeout before the kick. “I’ve always done this,” Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente said. Hendon Hooker paced Virginia Tech, throwing for 217 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 156 yards and a touchdown. Virginia Tech: The Hokies play Miami at home on Saturday.
AP Top 25: No. 2 Alabama closes gap with Clemson; Liberty in
2 Alabama heading into a huge ACC matchup at fourth-ranked Notre Dame this week. The rest of the top five remained the same, with Ohio State at No. 1 on their ballots had Clemson third behind Ohio State. Penn State had the fourth-longest active streak behind Alabama (205), Ohio State (138) and Clemson (94). 4 Notre Dame: Another “biggest game of the year” — until the next one.
Hickson, Calvert lead Liberty past Ga Southern in Cure Bowl
Frankie Hickson picked up 120 yards rushing on 22 carries, Stephen Calvert went 16 of 35 passing for 270 yards and two touchdowns, and Liberty beat Georgia Southern 23-16 in the Cure Bowl on Saturday. Shai Werts completed 10 of 19 passes for 95 yards and gained 57 yards on 22 carries for Georgia Southern (7-6). Kennedy had a 10-yard TD dash in the second for Georgia Southern, which was out gained 264-115 in the first half and 402-289 overall. The Liberty defense limited Georgia Southern to three field goals in the second half. Georgia Southern: Werts said “absolutely” that he will return for his senior season in 2020.