Hugh Freeze Auburn Tigers football coach Hugh Freeze is introduced at the Woltosz Football Performance Center in Auburn, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022

While Hugh Freeze is now the Auburn Tigers‘ new head coach, the controversy surrounding his hiring has not stopped.

Auburn and Freeze still have a lot to do when it comes to improving their image around the country. When he appeared on ESPN’s College GameDay, he was asked how his past could affect him and Auburn.

“Well, obviously, I think the best learning tool in life is probably when you didn’t get things right and had any type of failures. If you handled them in the right way with integrity of owning it and making the necessary changes and then, playing the next play,” Freeze said. “I think over the last 7 seven years that’s what it led to with me is to being a guy that wants to lead a passionate discipline life that has faith and family and friends as the forefront. Your commitment to those being evident in every action and in every decision. I think that leads into the team room with a coach that’s very transparent in saying, ‘Look, let me tell you when coach got it right. Let me tell you when he got it wrong.’ And I really liked it a lot better when I got it right, which has been most of my life.

“Obviously, the other times when we probably learned the most from, because the fruit is really grown in the valley, I think kids have responded to that in this day in time and the transparency.”

It will be interesting to see if this new and improved version of Freeze is going to be enough to win over Auburn fans as well as his players.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.