Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze returns to SEC as Auburn head coach

This week starting out a lot differently than last week when it was falsely reported the Lane Kiffin would be leaving Ole Miss to become the next head coach at Auburn.

As it turns out, Kiffin signed a new contract to stay in Oxford worth $9 million per year. So, it’s the other candidate, Hugh Freeze, officially returning to the SEC.

Today, Freeze agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of the Tigers, according to an announcement by the school.

According to ESPN, his new six-year contract is worth $6.5 million annually, certainly a step up from his less than $5 million per year deal at Liberty, where he just signed an eight-year extension in October.

During his four seasons with the Flames, Freeze led them to an overall record of 34-15 with three bowl game victories.

That was his first job following an unceremonious departure from Ole Miss, where he resigned prior to the 2017 season after university officials discovered he made a series of calls to multiple numbers associated with an escort service.

The Rebels were placed on NCAA probation later that year for violations that occurred in part under Freeze and the sanctions included a two-year bowl ban.

Freeze replaces Bryan Harsin, who was fired on Halloween.

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