The SEC Reportedly Stopped Nick Saban From Hiring Hugh Freeze

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Alabama football coach Nick Saban’s plan to hire former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was reportedly killed by the SEC.

AL.com reported the following details on the situation:

Alabama was one of at least five SEC schools that had contact with Freeze about on-field jobs this offseason. Saban wanted to hire Freeze as a co-offensive coordinator and position coach, sources told AL.com.

However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey encouraged Alabama not to hire a man as well known for the personal shortcomings that led to his Ole Miss resignation as he is for his success as a coach.

I’m actually a bit surprised to see this. I didn’t realize there was anybody in the world of college football capable of telling Nick Saban what to do. Wouldn’t have bet on that in a million years.

You also have to love the fact Saban is making a run at Freeze. Ole Miss gave Alabama trouble nonstop under Freeze, and Saban is smart enough to know that Freeze is a good coach. Winners don’t care who they associate with as long as they’re winning. I think Freeze can get that done just about anywhere, and Saban knows it, too.

Something tells me this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Freeze.

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