Hugh Freeze, one of Florida State’s top targets to fill its vacant offensive coordinator role, has reportedly accepted a job to be the head coach at Liberty.
Freeze, according to Football Scoop and confirmed by Seven Godfrey of SBNation, will take over a Liberty program that is transitioning from the FCS level and will officially become an FBS member this upcoming season.
FSU targeted Freeze following the departure of offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who accepted a job as UMass’ head coach on Monday evening. Kliff Kingsbury — the former Texas Tech head coach — was a top target and took the offensive coordinator job with USC, putting FSU and Freeze into contract talks. One element of the contract talks that appeared to be a sticking point, according to a source, was that Freeze wanted flexibility on the duration of the contract. A former head coach at Arkansas State and Ole Miss, Freeze’s focus was on eventually becoming a head coach again.
FSU coach Willie Taggart is searching for stability on offense after the Seminoles produced just 21.9 points per game (115th nationally) in his first year on campus. Taggart began the season as FSU’s play caller, but handed off play-calling duties to Bell for the final month of the season. Taggart’s plan for his next coordinator is to give the coach much more control of the offense and play-calling from Day 1, which is why a proven coach like Freeze was attractive.
FSU, according to a source, turned its attention toward Houston offensive coordinator Kendal Briles on Thursday evening. It’s unclear when FSU will meet with Briles, who is also a candidate for the vacant Tennessee coordinator position. Taggart, per a source, is in Orlando for in-home visits and to watch the Florida High School Athletic Association state playoffs.
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