Freeze rel­ishes sec­ond chance

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

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.

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