Ole Miss hires ASU’s Freeze as coach

The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) hired Arkansas State’s Hugh Freeze as its new football coach.

Freeze told his players Monday morning that he had accepted an offer to move to the SEC to replace Houston Nutt as coach of the Rebels.

Freeze later confirmed the move on Twitter.

"This has been an incredible ride, but I have been given an opportunity I can not turn down. It is not with out a lot of prayer, and thought," Freeze said.

Freeze has coached just one FBS season, leading Arkansas State to a 10-2 mark to win the Sun Belt Conference. It was the school’s first winning season since 1995.

He was offensive coordinator for the Red Wolves last season after two years leading NAIA school Lambuth.

Freeze, who was an assistant at Ole Miss from 2005 to 2007, was depicted in the movie, "The Blind Side," since he was the Memphis, Tenn., high school coach of offensive lineman Michael Oher.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, Freeze will not coach the Red Wolves in the Jan. 8 GoDaddy.com Bowl against Northern Illinois in Mobile, Ala.

Ole Miss finished 2-10 this season, its worst record in school history and has lost 14 straight games in SEC play.