For­mer Ole Miss coach Freeze sa­vors se­cond chance at Lib­erty

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LYNCHBURG, VA. >> Hugh Freeze has en­joyed the highs of foot­ball, such as win­ning the Sugar Bowl and beat­ing mighty Alabama. He’s also known em­bar­rass­ment and shame fol­low­ing a per­sonal scan­dal that cost him his job at Mis­sis­sippi.

Freeze, 49, be­lieves those ex­pe­ri­ences will serve him well as the head coach at Lib­erty, where he’s been given a se­cond chance.

“I be­lieve in teach­ing young men on our team all of the les­sons of when I got it right and when I got it wrong and what the con­se­quences are,” Freeze said.

He was in­tro­duced as Lib­erty’s foot­ball coach on cam­pus Fri­day, call­ing the op­por­tu­nity an “un­be­liev­able day for me and my fam­ily.” He was emo­tional at times dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, thank­ing his fam­ily and call­ing them his he­roes.

“I’ve made de­ci­sions that have hurt a lot of peo­ple,” Freeze said. “I don’t ever want to ex­pe­ri­ence that again.”

Freeze will re­place Turner Gill, who re­signed af­ter his sev­enth sea­son to spend more time with his ail­ing wife. The Flames fin­ished 6-6 this sea­son, their first com­pet­ing at the Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion level, and were 47-35 un­der Gill.

Freeze spent five years at Mis­sis­sippi and led the Rebels to a 39-25 record and four bowl games. He re­signed in the sum­mer of 2017 amid a scan­dal in which school of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered a “pat­tern of per­sonal mis­con­duct” start­ing with a call to an es­cort ser­vice from a uni­ver­si­tyis­sued cell­phone.

Ole Miss was also mired in an NCAA rules in­ves­ti­ga­tion dur­ing much of his ten­ure that even­tu­ally re­sulted in a two-year post­sea­son ban.

Kansas sus­pends Wil­liams af­ter as­sault ar­rest

LAWRENCE, KAN. >> Kansas run­ning back Pooka Wil­liams was sus­pended by the Jay­hawks af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery, the same day the star fresh­man was cho­sen Big 12 new­comer of the year.

Wil­liams, whose given name is An­thony Ray Wil­liams, was in­volved in a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion at a Lawrence apart­ment com­plex Thurs­day, univer­sity po­lice said in a state­ment.

The woman re­ported mi­nor in­juries, and the in­ci­dent re­port in­di­cates that she sus­tained in­juries from bod­ily force.

Wil­liams was a four-star prospect from Boutte, La., who emerged as a star dur­ing his first sea­son in Lawrence. He ran for 1,125 yards and seven TDs af­ter miss­ing the opener amid ques­tions about his el­i­gi­bilit.

Florida AD would wel­come 2-for-1 se­ries vs UCF

GAINESVILLE, FLA. >> Florida Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Scott Strick­lin would wel­come a two-for-one se­ries against in-state op­po­nent UCF, which has the na­tion’s long­est win­ning streak at 25.

“I’d be OK with sched­ul­ing them in the right sit­u­a­tion,” Strick­lin said Fri­day dur­ing a Peach Bowl event at Florida Field.

Florida and Cen­tral Florida last played in 2006, a 42-0 vic­tory by the even­tual na­tional cham­pion Ga­tors.

Strick­lin said he and UCF AD Danny White have not spo­ken about sched­ul­ing a game.

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