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Monday, December 5, 2011
Report: Ole Miss to hire Hugh Freeze

By Edward Aschoff

Arkansas State's Hugh Freeze has agreed to become Ole Miss' next head coach, a source familiar with the coaching search told The Associated Press.

A formal announcement is expected later today.

The 42-year-old Freeze led Arkansas State to a 10-2 record and the 2011 Sun Belt Conference championship in his first season as a head coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

The Mississippi native was an assistant coach under former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron from 2005-07 and coached receivers, tight ends and served as the recruiting coordinator.

Freeze first received recognition as the head coach at Briarcrest High School in Memphis, Tenn., where he had a 99-23 record and won two state championships from 1995 to 2004 and also coached former Ole Miss offensive lineman Michael Oher, who was featured in the best-selling book and movie "The Blind Side."

Freeze replaces Houston Nutt, who was fired earlier in the year. Nutt was at Ole Miss for four seasons, but the Rebels are coming off their worst year in school history, after going 2-10 and are currently riding a 14-game losing streak to SEC opponents.