Will Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze call plays next season? Maybe, maybe not.
Auburn football coach Hugh Freeze has called plays his entire career, including as a head coach at Arkansas State, Ole Miss and Liberty.
But Freeze said Tuesday at his introductory press conference that he will consider delegating playcalling responsibilities in 2023.
"I honestly, sitting here today, am contemplating if maybe in the new world of rebuilding the Auburn football team and the work that it's going to take to capture the players and recruit, maybe I should get some help in that," Freeze said Tuesday. "Really what spurred it on, truthfully, is some of the texts I've gotten (from potentially interested assistant coaches and offensive coordinators). And I've watched them, and I'm like, 'Wow, they're really good at what they do.' Probably better than me. I think I am pretty good at it, but I am honest."
During his five seasons at Ole Miss and four seasons at Liberty, Freeze had two co-offensive coordinators that also served as position coaches on staff. With the Rebels, Matt Luke and Dan Werner were the co-OCs. With the Flames, Kent Austin and Maurice Harris were co-OCs.
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But, as Freeze cited, head coaches have added extra responsibilities since he began his Ole Miss tenure in 2012. The transfer portal requires more work from a player acquisition and a player retention standpoint. All the while, high school recruiting has required the same time and effort as a decade ago.
Freeze didn't give any coordinator candidate names away, but he does appear serious in considering the change.
"When I watch some of their games, I think I could really help them with their red zone (playcalling), and they could really help us with everything else," Freeze said. "So I'm wide open right now and looking forward to having some of those discussions with these candidates."
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