Report: Auburn Boosters Preventing Gus Malzahn From Hiring Hugh Freeze

Top donors and university officials at Auburn are reportedly preventing head coach Gus Malzahn from hiring Hugh Freeze as an assistant, according to Josh Moon of the Alabama Political Reporter.

Per Moon, Auburn donors and officials are "seeking to undercut" Malzahn by restricting assistant contracts to one-year deals. Freeze is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal from a future employer.

Reports surfaced in late November that Malzahn was considering accepting a reduced buyout. Last year, he agreed to a seven-year deal to remain at Auburn, despite burgeoning interest from Arkansas.

The Tigers currently have an opening at offensive coordinator following Chip Lindsey's departure to join Les Miles's Kansas staff.

Malzahn has reportedly asked Auburn to wave its limitation on multi-year contract in order to hire Freeze, likely to fill the vacancy. The decision was denied.

Freeze previously served as head coach at Ole Miss from 2012-2016. He resigned in July 2017 after it was discovered he used a school-issued cell phone to call escort services while reportedly traveling on recruiting trips in the school's plane.

In October, Freeze was named offensive coordinator of the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football, which starts play in February.

Auburn finished the regular season 7–5 and fifth in the SEC West. The Tigers will face Purdue in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 28.


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