Auburn Coaching Search Down to Hugh Freeze, Lane Kiffin, per Sources

Auburn Coaching Search Down to Hugh Freeze, Lane Kiffin, per Sources

Auburn has “zeroed in” on Liberty’s Hugh Freeze in their head coaching search, SI‘s Ross Dellenger reports, with the possibility that the two could reach an agreement by the end of the day. Earlier, Dellenger reported Auburn was down to Freeze, Ole Miss’ Lane Kiffin and Auburn, but the Tigers have shifted their focus to Freeze to fill their vacancy.

Also, ESPN’s Pete Thamel , said that Freeze and Auburn have been discussing contract details in the last week.

The news comes amid rumors about Auburn and Kiffin, but Kiffin maintained he is not leaving despite possible interest.

Freeze has been Liberty’s head coach for the last four seasons, leading the Flames to a 34-14 record and what will be four straight bowl appearances. Before that, Freeze coached Ole Miss from 2012 to ’16 which included four winning seasons. However, Freeze resigned from his job with the Rebels amid an investigation into his program over a “troubling pattern of personal conduct.”

Due to his success at Liberty, Freeze recently signed an extension that would keep him there until the 2030 season. However, the buyout of that extension is a reasonable number for a school like Auburn to potentially pay if they want to hire Freeze.

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