Freeze interviews for OC slot

Ole Miss Football Coach Houston Nutt, as you know, is searching for an offensive coordinator. Late last night, he and his offensive staff conducted the first on-campus interview with a two-hour meeting with Hugh Freeze, the wide receivers coach at Ole Miss under Ed Orgeron.

Hugh Freeze, the popular and productive wide receivers coach off of Ed Orgeron's Ole Miss staff, was in California at the coaches' convention scoping out employment opportunities when his phone rang.

It was new Rebel Coach Houston Nutt.

Freeze flew thousands of miles looking for a job. Little did he know an opportunity had popped up in Oxford when it was learned Sunday David Lee - who Nutt had hired off of his Arkansas staff to be the OC - would go to the Miami Dolphins instead of coming to Ole Miss.

"Coach Nutt called me and asked me to interview for the offensive coordinator job," said Freeze. "That's the best call I've gotten in months."

Freeze got off his flight from Cally last night around 6 and was interviewing with Nutt and his staff by 9:30. The chalk talk lasted two hours.

"I really appreciate the opportunity to get to know Coach Nutt and his staff better and the chance to show them my offensive philosophy and package," Freeze noted. "The first thing I noticed was how close they are and how much they believe in each other. They are great guys. It would be a pleasure and a privilege to work with them."

Nutt declined detailed comment when reached this morning other than to say Freeze "did an excellent job" and is "an outstanding football coach."

It was obvious from Houston's tone that Freeze is a serious contender for the job, but he stated he was a long way from making any final decision.

Saskatchewan Roughriders Head Coach Kent Austin, a former Rebel QB and star QB of the CFL, was scheduled to fly in late last night but his flight was delayed. He will be in late this afternoon. It is not clear if he will be interviewed tonight or tomorrow.

Other candidates for the offensive coordinator job, although not confirmed by Nutt, are thought to be former Tulsa Head Coach Dave Rader and former Miami Head Coach Larry Coker, who was probably recommended to Houston by Nutt's former boss Jimmy Johnson.

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