Hugh Freeze has certainly been the name that Tennessee’s offensive coordinator search has centered around so far. After Tyson Helton took off for the Western Kentucky head coaching job, Freeze’s name has been circulating the rumor mill heavily in connection with the opening.
After Bruce Feldman initially reported that Freeze wasn’t in the mix, several reports have since disputed that. Now we have a report from Volquest.com, saying a meeting between Freeze and Pruitt has happened.
JUST IN: Jeremy Pruitt has met with Hugh Freeze to talk ‘ball and discuss his offensive coordinator vacancy. ⬇️⬇️⬇️https://t.co/z8K6gj4nrf— Austin Price (@AustinPriceless) November 29, 2018
With a potential opening brewing down at Alabama, Pruitt has a chance to beat Saban to the punch here. Mike Locksley has been heavily linked to the Maryland job, which would open up the Alabama offensive coordinator position once again.
Volquest reports that Freeze won’t be short on options this offseason and they expect multiple teams in the SEC and ACC to attempt to hire the former Ole Miss head coach.
Chris Low reported yesterday that Freeze was a serious candidate. He said if Pruitt wanted Freeze, he would get him. Low said that the SEC could restrict Freeze in year one by limiting his recruiting trips, or something else along those lines.
Alabama quarterbacks coach Dan Enos, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddy Kitchens and Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey remain in the mix.
Update: Another report confirming the meeting has surfaced from Yahoo Sports.
Source: Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze has interviewed for Tennessee OC job. He's one of a handful of candidates there. No decision has been made or is expected imminently.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 30, 2018