I am not really bothered by that at all. From what rumors we heard, Pruitt and Phil offered Freeze - at least for once we actually went after the top choice. We knew he was going to be a 1 or 2 year max but at least we were in the mix. Cant beat an HC position though. I am just glad he isnt going to another SEC school.
In the end, this didnt reflect badly on our admin or coaches (maybe the fans for getting crazy so fast). After Freeze told them to wait, then it looks like they went down the list to some others, all of which we have heard of are credible, solid choices - doing due diligence and background vetting, etc.
For one, I am just glad that this time around, the only craziness is coming from the fans.
Only thing is, if Freeze told us to wait, we should have given him a few days and let him know after few days our offer would be pulled and we would be moving on. 3 days would have been plenty of time for him to decide if he wanted Tn or not.
I had a feeling Freeze might go there based on his faith being renewed. Plus like someone said above never underestimate what a man will do to save his family. This was the best choice for Freeze and his family IMO. He will probably have less distractions and have spiritual support while there.
Look at it through Hugh's eyes. He will have spiritual support there. His wife and family will probably be more comfortable at a Christian school. If his faith is really renewed then this makes sense. Like I said before it's not all about money, fame, power, and glory. He had all that at Ole Miss and apparently it didn't make him happy.