Hugh Freeze said back in the summer that he wanted to give the Arkansas State Fan base something to be proud of.
In fact he told AStateNation.com back in July that it was his goal to make the ASU Fan Base "Giddy" with excitement. That's exactly what he did when he became the first head football coach at Arkansas State to win seven games since the Red Wolves became members of the FBS.
An emotional Freeze was very please to see a large crowd of fans and the ASU Marching Band when he and his team returned home Sunday morning from their trip to Florida Atlantic.
"It's thrilling to see this," Freeze said. "From day one it was a goal of mine to deliver our fan base, give the people here what they really wanted, a winner. They are such good people and such good fans, we wanted to deliver and so far we have."
Freeze became the first to win seven games in his first season at Arkansas State and it's the first time the Red Wolves have won seven ballgames since ASU became a member of the FBS.
"I feel blessed," Freeze said. "Fortunate to have a a lot of great coaches and a bunch of kids who are believing."
According to Freeze it was great to see his player's reactions after they claimed their seventh win.
"Great, great," Freeze said. "They know that they are very close to accomplishing something very special. The year has been very special regardless, very close to doing special things, they control how it's going to end."
Freeze refused to say that Saturday's game against an one loss Lafayette team could be classified as the conference championship game.
"I'm not sure you can say it's for the Championship," Freeze said. "Obviously it's very important and will go a long way in deciding on who wins. Western Kentucky has one loss they beat ULL. The one thing I know it's very important and we control our own destiny, it's goal to win one game at a time and Lafayette is that next game. We will work hard for win No. 8."
Doing things that this team has never done before in FBS play, Freeze is just enjoying the moment and its back to work to prepare for a very good Lafayette team.
Arkansas State defeated Florida Atlantic University 39-21 in Boca Raton. AStateNation.com was in Jonesboro to meet the team when they arrived back home.