The Arkansas St. Red Wolves have reportedly replaced Hugh Freeze, the next Mississippi Rebels coach, with Gus Malzahn, former national champion offensive coordinator and assistant coach of the year. And they've reportedly done it well below presumed market value.
It might be a long time before we know exactly how ASU pulled this off, but Freeze might have played a larger role in the transition than you'd think. According to a post on Arkansas State site The Den, Freeze helped to secure the Red Wolves his replacement:
Hugh Freeze deserves major credit in this hire he recruited Malzahn for the job and answered many questions about the program and the roster. Malzahn then contacted ASU.
So Hugh Freeze is now the world's greatest college football coaching consultant? Maybe Arizona State and Penn State should've just hired Hugh Freeze last year, then sent him along somewhere else and waited for the replacement talent to arrive? He could spend one year at each program in the country, for a fee, and nobody would ever hire a NFL retread again. You don't have to make it so complicated, guys. Just give it a couple years and Freeze will find the perfect head coach for Ole Miss. I think that's how this works?
For more on the Arkansas State coaching job, stick to the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.