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#pounditThursday, August 5, 2021

Tennessee fans make clear their preference for Vols’ next head coach

Hugh Freeze

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tennessee is looking for a new head football coach. And their fans apparently have a preference.

Tennessee on Monday announced that head football coach Jeremy Pruitt was fired. Philip Fulmer is also stepping down as athletic director.

The Vols will need to hire a new athletic director, who will then hire a new head coach.

So who do some Vols fans want as the next head coach? The Rock in Knoxville, which is a campus landmark, said Monday “Freeze Please.”

That seems to be the fans’ way of asking for Hugh Freeze.

Freeze, 51, coached at Ole Miss from 2012-2016. He was successful there but exited amid scandal. He returned to coaching at Liberty, which he led to a 10-1 season.

Freeze has proven he can coach — and win in the SEC. But if Tennessee is concerned about character and ethics following the Pruitt firing, Freeze wouldn’t make sense as a fit.

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