Gus Malzahn, an offensive mind, prides himself and his Auburn teams on having one of the most unstoppable ground games in the SEC. When they struggled to get into a rhythm, quarterback Jarrett Stidham and the Tigers struggled.
In an attempt to jump start the offense, Malzahn has attempted to bring disgraced former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze on board.
What follows is a story that sounds too underhanded to be real. Apparently Malzahn's performance is infuriating top boosters at the university to the point where they are limiting Malzahn to only sign assistants to one-year deals. Essentially, they're preventing him from signing good assistants to facilitate his firing.
This is the situation at Auburn now: top donors and university officials are so unhappy with the head football coach that they are seeking to undercut him by limiting assistants' contracts to single year deals. This is currently preventing AU from hiring Hugh Freeze as OC. /1— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) December 5, 2018
This would be a major roadblock for acquiring Freeze, who wants a stable multi-year deal that Malzahn is apparently not being allowed to hand out.
Freeze is reportedly seeking a multi-year deal from future employers. Sources said Malzahn has asked AU to wave the recent restriction on multi-year contracts in order to hire Freeze. AU response: Nah. /2— Josh Moon (@Josh_Moon) December 5, 2018
Freeze left Ole Miss in disgrace after having helped secure top recruits with cars and electric bill payments. He then called an escort service from a university phone and gave the classic "misdial" excuse. That being said, Freeze knows his way around a quarterback and an offense.