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Head Coach Hugh Freeze
Apparently we are prepared to make HCHF one of the highest paid G5 coaches.

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That's good news to show that we don't have a problem spending on proven coaching. It makes us look good to other prospective coaches. Not only that but having a successful coach leave makes it more attractive to successful coaches looking at us as a step up. Being a rebuilding project can be very unattractive. Let's hope Freeze continues taking us to new heights.
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Too soon.
12-04-2019 10:45 PM
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(12-04-2019 10:45 PM)army56mike Wrote:  Too soon.

I agree that it is too soon based on performance but I understand why. The value that he brings the program is much more than just wins and losses. We’ve been talked about so many times this year that it’s a small price to pay. More than likely he is going to leave for a better job one day but I’m glad we have him for now.
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(12-05-2019 10:37 AM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(12-04-2019 10:45 PM)army56mike Wrote:  Too soon.

I agree that it is too soon based on performance but I understand why. The value that he brings the program is much more than just wins and losses. We’ve been talked about so many times this year that it’s a small price to pay. More than likely he is going to leave for a better job one day but I’m glad we have him for now.

You add to it that he has significantly improved our recruiting, & I'd say it's a worthwhile investment while we have him.

If another school manages to pull him away, they'll have to pay out the rest of that contract to him, or pay us back some.
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P6 money!

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I'm thinking the team goes about 7-5 next year but could greatly rise in 2021 and 2022. Just need more good FBS recruiting which is happening.
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(12-05-2019 02:00 PM)WesternSkillet Wrote:  I'm thinking the team goes about 7-5 next year but could greatly rise in 2021 and 2022. Just need more good FBS recruiting which is happening.

I agree. We lose an All-American receiver, our starting quarterback, and lots more but we may have a QB better suited for the offense waiting in the wings and the defense should be even more improved next year. Our schedule isn't daunting so we could even improve our record.
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(12-05-2019 06:12 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  
(12-05-2019 02:00 PM)WesternSkillet Wrote:  I'm thinking the team goes about 7-5 next year but could greatly rise in 2021 and 2022. Just need more good FBS recruiting which is happening.

I agree. We lose an All-American receiver, our starting quarterback, and lots more but we may have a QB better suited for the offense waiting in the wings and the defense should be even more improved next year. Our schedule isn't daunting so we could even improve our record.

Agreed. I believe Malik Willis was Freeze QB of choice and next year we'll see his full playbook. Buck really couldn't grasp it and we've seen a slowed, dumb down version of Hugh's playbook. He even stated that a few times. We lose AGG but we return Frith, Stubbs, Shaa and Yarbough, who all showed out and we return Mack. We return 3 starters on the OL with Graham waiting in the wings and Freeze said he's a star in the making.

On defense we had a young secondary and defensive line, yes we lose Jessie but we'll get a healthy Lewis and some Fr studs. We need Linebackers though. We were already weak this year and we lose Ajay and Tillmon.

Overall I believe we'll be better. Offensive will be explosive. Defensive will still be a question mark. I think we'll win 8 games next year.
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As previously mentioned/speculated, Hugh Freeze signed a new 5 year contract. No financials were released.
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(12-10-2019 09:50 PM)GE and MTS Wrote:  As previously mentioned/speculated, Hugh Freeze signed a new 5 year contract. No financials were released.

2 mil/yr

https://www.aseaofred.com/hugh-freeze-an...extension/

Quote:Liberty and Hugh Freeze have executed a new multi-year contract, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. announced on twitter today. Brett McMurphy reports it is a new 5-year deal “competitive salary-wise with the top paid Group of 5 coaches.”

In 2019, the highest paid coach at the G5 level was Memphis’ Mike Norvell whose recent contract extension increased his salary to $2.6 million. Several other G5 coaches are also paid above the $2 million mark.

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Quote:Sources told ESPN the deal is for five years and will pay Freeze an average of $2 million per year, making him one of the 10 highest-paid non-Power 5 head coaches in the country.

Freeze, whose new deal also includes a lucrative incentive package based on win totals, expressed his gratitude to the Liberty fans, players and administration for hanging in there with him after crippling back problems kept him away from practice during the preseason.
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10th highest paid G5 coach sets the bar high for the program in the short run.
Hopefully, someday, it is a P5 level salary with a P5 looking team as a result.

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Plus part of his incentive package is...
- Free bowling for life at the Montview Bowling Alley
- 71 annual free scrubs at Zips Car Wash
- 50% off at Macado’s
- Five year supply of gift coupons to Cook Out
04-rock 04-cheers 04-bow 04-cheers 04-rock
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It’d be great if part of this new contract allows for higher salaries for assistant coaches.
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(12-14-2019 10:48 AM)army56mike Wrote:  It’d be great if part of this new contract allows for higher salaries for assistant coaches.

I'm sure it does. I think that is the general practice with contract extensions.

On another note, I'm surprised Freeze wasn't mentioned (from what I saw) as a candidate for any other opening. I know we locked him into a new deal pretty quick but that hasn't stopped some before (Miami hiring Manny Diaz two weeks after he was hired at Temple). I'm trying to figure out if it is good he wasn't mention (loyal to us, wants to be here) or bad (nobody else wants his baggage or wasn't impressed by him).
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(12-14-2019 11:38 AM)GE and MTS Wrote:  
(12-14-2019 10:48 AM)army56mike Wrote:  It’d be great if part of this new contract allows for higher salaries for assistant coaches.

I'm sure it does. I think that is the general practice with contract extensions.

On another note, I'm surprised Freeze wasn't mentioned (from what I saw) as a candidate for any other opening. I know we locked him into a new deal pretty quick but that hasn't stopped some before (Miami hiring Manny Diaz two weeks after he was hired at Temple). I'm trying to figure out if it is good he wasn't mention (loyal to us, wants to be here) or bad (nobody else wants his baggage or wasn't impressed by him).

For what it’s worth, Vegas had him in the top ten candidates for the Arkansas job.
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(12-14-2019 06:33 PM)Ewglenn Wrote:  
(12-14-2019 11:38 AM)GE and MTS Wrote:  
(12-14-2019 10:48 AM)army56mike Wrote:  It’d be great if part of this new contract allows for higher salaries for assistant coaches.

I'm sure it does. I think that is the general practice with contract extensions.

On another note, I'm surprised Freeze wasn't mentioned (from what I saw) as a candidate for any other opening. I know we locked him into a new deal pretty quick but that hasn't stopped some before (Miami hiring Manny Diaz two weeks after he was hired at Temple). I'm trying to figure out if it is good he wasn't mention (loyal to us, wants to be here) or bad (nobody else wants his baggage or wasn't impressed by him).

For what it’s worth, Vegas had him in the top ten candidates for the Arkansas job.

The schools themselves may not have mentioned him, but his name was tossed around for both Arky & FSU by media & Vegas.

I think it's a combo of his past & his clear loyalty to Liberty & Jerry. He's pretty much drawn a line in the sand & made it clear he's not coming near it for at least a few years because of this past season & how he & tha fam were cared for during his health issues.
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This thread aged well! 04-cheers

Time to speculate if Freeze will leave after the season? I don't expect an SEC school to hire him as I've heard that a school hiring him would have to get the conference's blessing and that's a long shot based on how he left. I won't rule it out but I'll consider them behind other conferences.

So who are these other conferences? I will rule out the Pac 12, Big Ten, G5, and any other independent. Freeze likes the south, ruling out half the ACC and some of the Big 12. Let's look at some schools who may fire their coach after the year:

ACC

I really don't see any jobs opening up here right now. Florida State won't fire their coach after one year. Miami looks good enough barring a complete collapse that should get Diaz another year (I don't think they're "back" as everyone claims). I think Babers at Syracuse has too big of a buyout and Freeze wouldn't go there. Louisville has a new coach recently who did well last year even if they are really struggling this season. I don't think Duke would get rid of Cutcliff without a scandal or something really bad going down. Nobody else really looks like they are in trouble at this time. If Clemson loses Dabo to the NFL or Alabama, I wouldn't expect Freeze to be their choice when they could have almost anyone.

Big 12

Does Texas pull the trigger? I'm 50/50 on whether they do. I could see them hiring Freeze. They are DESPERATE to get back on top of the football world and it must eat them up that Oklahoma has completely lapped them over and over after Mack Brown's departure. They had a lot of trouble hiring after Mack left; Saban rejected their full court press and had to settle for Strong which went very poorly. Then they settled for a G5 coach (Herman) when a school like Texas should be able to poach almost anyone.

Oklahoma could open up if Riley goes to the NFL. I don't think they would go for Freeze as they are one of the tops right now and should have their pick of the choices. Baylor just changed coaches last year and Texas Tech is in year two with their coach. Maybe Les Miles gets canned at Kansas but I think he'd be too expensive to get rid of right now. I thought that was a bad hire when it happened and it isn't looking any better after 1.5 years.

SEC

Let's get the boring ones out of the way: Vanderbilt could make a change even early in the coach's tenure because they are so bad. But that's pretty expected there and they don't seem to care about anything besides baseball. Does Tennessee make a change? They may be really disappointing (as always) but they have a killer recruiting class coming in and may want to try to keep it all together and run it back for one more year with Pruitt. Barring an epic collapse, I'd give him one more year.

South Carolina is interesting. I don't think Muschamp is the answer and I'm a little surprised he's lasted as long as he has. If they make a move, I think Freeze would be near the top of their list and Freeze would be interested. Maybe they would prefer to try to steal Venerables from Clemson, which is smart but risky. South Carolina isn't a premium job but Freeze was at Ole Miss so he's used to winning at a less prestigious football school.

The most intriguing school is Auburn. I do think they clean house there unless some weird things happen and Auburn finishes with a NY6 bowl win or something unlikely. Would Freeze be a candidate there? If I were Auburn, he would be. He's used to beating Alabama and has winning history in the SEC West. I think Auburn would be perfect for Freeze and Freeze would be perfect for Auburn. I just don't know if it would happen.

I don't see a whole lot out there that Freeze would be interested in. He's been at Arkansas State, Ole Miss, and now Liberty. He graduated from Southern Miss. Liberty is the clear outlier for good reason. He's likely to go south, and I just don't see many avenues in which he gets there after the season. I'm not guaranteeing Freeze will be coaching on our sidelines next season, but I would be surprised if he wasn't as of right now.
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I’d be surprised if he left too. He still needs to lead us to the National Championship.
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(10-24-2020 08:50 AM)army56mike Wrote:  I’d be surprised if he left too. He still needs to lead us to the National Championship.

Since he probably makes a couple mil a year I’m not sure he would be fine with leaving. Sure a P5 is attractive but if you have a good thing going with a sizable salary I think the smart move is ride it out. P5 teams are really cut throat and you could be gone in a couple years and be a unattractive hire. Plus LU gave him a chance when other teams turned their backs on him. I’m not sure about other folks but I would remember that forever and know who has my back when things go south.....not many people.
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