Gus Malzahn welcomes Hugh Freeze to Auburn

Former Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was one of the first people to welcome new Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze to the Plains after the move was officially announced.

“Happy for my friend @CoachHughFreeze for getting the Auburn job,” Malzahn tweeted Monday night. That’s a special place, you’re going to love it! I’ve also got a couple old sweater vests laying around if you ever need them.”

Malzahn, who is currently the head coach at UCF, spent eight seasons at Auburn before being fired shortly after the end of the 2020 season.

The two have been friends since they were both high school coaches and have had similar career paths. Both had decorated high school careers before becoming college assistants, then Group of Five head coaches, and eventually running SEC programs.

The two both spent time at Arkansas State with Malzahn actually replacing Freeze as head coach when he left to take over Ole Miss in 2011.

Freeze responded in kind, writing “You’re a dear friend. Thank you so much. I’ll take your visors but pass on the sweater vests. Lol.”

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