I legit don't know anything about Hugh Freeze. Is he a good motivator, good strategist, good recruiter, etc? I know he had a good record at Ole Miss in the SEC west and is doing well at liberty. But why would he do well at Tennessee?
On that last note, are his past troubles an indicator of how well he would do? Like can he actually recruit high end talent without cheating (or getting caught lol)
Being from Memphis i've played against that Briarcrest team when he had them. They were pretty sound in all 3 phases. Freeze was kinda like a rockstar at the time, he was the hottest name in the city. The guy has worked his way up from ground 1 literally.
To be fair, my opinion of him is primarily a function of what he did at Ole Miss.
What he's doing at Liberty, while it is really good for them (they were a mediocre FCS program just a few years ago), I think is kind of overrated. With the exception of Virginia Tech those teams he's beaten this year are complete and total garbage, a few probably being borderline Division II-level teams.
Great recruiter, players will run through a wall for him, has a great record vs Saban, rebuilt Ole Miss into a legit power in the West, innovative offensive mind, whipping ass at Liberty, said Tennessee is his dream job. Take your pick of any of the above.
I didn't realize he had said UT was his dream job. In light of that, every single booster and administrator who is blocking us getting him needs to go f himself and get the hell out of this program. They have kidnapped it and it doesn't belong to them, as much as they think it does.
If you saw the final score, you might not wanna hire me...
Bit of backstory. I was young (early 20s) and the guy that ran our department was a volunteer HC for inner city Memphis school. He asked if I wanted to help and I figured it would be good for career. By the second season, I was the de facto DC.
Regarding the game against Briarcrest, we were outmanned. They played a good number of players and were vanilla in the first half and we were only down 13-8 at the break and 23-14 after 3. They got a couple of TDs on us early in the 4th and probably could have got 1 more but they kneeled 4x inside the 2.
I was interim HC for 2 games that season (had 2-0 record, although 1 was a forfeit when the other team had some of their players investigated for a shooting.)
The volunteer coach thing was at several HS in Memphis during that time due to school budget cuts. Manassas had a documentary made about their program.
Freeze would be a good hire. Proven in the SEC, can recruit, and has an innovative offense mind. He had success at Ole Miss so it is logical to assume he would do even better at a school like UT with more history & resources. The big question is will Fulmer axe JP? If UT does not hire HF after this year, he will not be available next season. A good job will come open and Freeze will bolt from Liberty in a heartbeat.