Hugh Freeze makes shocking return to SEC football as fans are left reeling
Auburn, Alabama - Auburn's exhausting search for a new head coach has come to an end with a hire that college football fans didn't see coming: Huge Freeze.
Ladies and gentlemen, Hugh Freeze is back in the SEC!
"There's no other place I want to be," Freeze said in a press conference on Tuesday.
"Now let's get to work," he added on Twitter.
Freeze comes from Liberty, where he guided the Flames for four seasons to unprecedented heights.
He is widely known as one of the top offensive coordinators in college football, and Auburn marks the 53-year-old's second head coaching job in the SEC.
Helming Ole Miss' from 2012 to 2016, Freeze led the Rebels to back-to-back seasons of beating rival Alabama in 2014 and 2015 - capping off the latter season with the Rebels' first Sugar Bowl victory since 1970.
But what has college football fans shook over the new hiring choice isn't Freeze's impressive resume, but his past questionable behavior.
Hugh Freeze and his past have resurfaced after becoming Auburn heah coach
Amid building a winning culture at Ole Miss, Freeze admitted to cheating on his wife with escort services he received from phone calls made with the university's phone.
Needless to say, many fans are not-so-happy with their new head coach, and negative comments have already circulated around social media.
"So many mixed emotions about this decision," one fan posted under the team's official announcement on Facebook. "Only in football will moral values be overlooked to win a championship.... all the good work [interim head coach] Cadillac did to build up morale just to be torn down by this man's disgrace."
Freeze's hiring is the latest in college football's recent coaching carousel, which saw Nebraska hire Matt Rhule, Wisconsin hire Luke Fickell, and Arizona State hire Kenny Dillingham over the weekend.
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