Mississippi's Freeze Has Daunting Rebuilding Job

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) -- Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze says he's a realist.

That's a good thing with his situation at Ole Miss, which has a lot of work to do before the Rebels can become a consistent threat in the Southeastern Conference.

The first-year coach took a strange road to his first SEC job, working as a high school coach for more than a decade before rebuilding programs at NAIA-level Lambuth (Tenn.) and Arkansas State. Now he's in a conference that's won the last six national championships.

Freeze says "our program is in a spot that none of us are happy with," and he's "very anxious about starting the process" of returning the Rebels to winning ways.

Ole Miss has lost 15 of its last 16 conference games and was 2-10 last season.

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