Freeze relishes second chance
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.
The 49-year-old Freeze believes those experiences will serve him well as the 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 coach on campus Friday and was emotional at times, saying “I’ve made decisions that have hurt a lot of people. I don’t ever want to experience that again.”
He replaces Turner Gill, who resigned after his seventh season to spend more time with his ailing wife.
■ Kansas running back Pooka Williams was suspended after his arrest on suspicion of domestic battery, the same day the star freshman was chosen Big 12 newcomer of the year.
Williams was involved in a physical confrontation at a Lawrence apartment complex Thursday, university police said. The woman reported minor injuries, the incident report indicates.
■ Seth Littrell has decided to remain at North Texas after Kansas State had expressed interest in one of the nation’s up-and-coming coaches to replace Hall of Famer Bill Snyder.
North Dakota State coach Chris Klieman is among the front-runners for the Kansas State job given his close relationship with Wildcats athletic director Gene Taylor. Memphis coach Mike Norvell and Troy’s Neal Brown are also considered candidates.