SEC pressured Alabama not to hire Hugh Freeze, report says

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Hugh Freeze remains without a job as spring practices wind down across the country, but if Nick Saban had gotten his way, the former Ole Miss coach would reportedly be on the staff at Alabama.

"Sankey informed both Freeze and Alabama that it would look bad for the SEC for Freeze to be back coaching in the league while Ole Miss suffered from NCAA penalties incurred under his watch."

Saban has praised Freeze heavily in the past - while at Ole Miss, Freeze scored two wins over Saban's Crimson Tide - and said in January that Alabama was working to find a way to bring him on board.

Will Freeze ever be welcome to coach again in the SEC?

According to, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey put pressure on Alabama coach Nick Saban to not hire High Freeze as a coordinator.

The Crimson Tide ended up hiring Josh Gattis away from Penn State to be their co-offensive coordinator alongside newly promoted Mike Locksley. The others - Auburn's Gus Malzahn and former LSU coach Les Miles - have also competed for national championships, while Freeze struggled to reach that level.

Freeze resigned as Rebels coach after administrators identified a "pattern of personal misconduct" that included making phone calls to a number associated with a female escort service.

"I really believe I have a lot to offer a program whether as an assistant or a head coach, and I'm hopeful it's very soon", Freeze told Rachel Baribeau of Gridiron Now in December.

Sankey utilized his power to block the move, and Freeze is still out on the open market for now, and presumably for at least the rest of the 2018 season.