Nick Saban Tried To Hire Huge Freeze, But the SEC Nixed It

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

Unfortunately for him, that opportunity won't be coming in the SEC.

Sources told John Talty and Matt Zenitz of AL.com that Alabama was one of at least five schools that contacted Freeze regarding an on-field role this offseason, with the Crimson Tide offering him a job as co-offensive coordinator and position coach.

Nick Saban had interest in Freeze as his offensive coordinator, but instead promoted from within the Crimson Tide's staff in January. At the time, it was reported that hiring would not be allowed by the SEC despite Saban pushing to allow for it. Those programs included LSU and Missouri, but a deal reportedly couldn't be reached because of the conference's stance on Freeze.

The basis for the apparent blackballing of Freeze around the SEC stems from a rule, bylaw 19.8.1.2, that states any school wishing to hire a coach associated with unethical conduct that has resulted in NCAA violations must consult with the league commissioner.

Be sure and check out AL.com's in-depth report on Hugh Freeze and Alabama.

Saban, who hired former Tennessee head coach Butch Jones as a consultant, wanted to bring on Freeze as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Though the bylaw does not explicitly give Sankey power to prevent a coaching hire - the final choice is the school's - his thinking clearly impacted the situation.

Freeze resigned from Ole Miss in July after the university discovered "a pattern of personal misconduct", including a call from his university-issued phone to a female escort service.

As of now, there has been no action by Freeze to fight this supposed hiring ban in the SEC.

The SEC established grounds for the commissioner to intervene in such cases.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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