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December 3, 2011

Sources: Freeze close to landing Ole Miss job

OXFORD, Miss. -- Arkansas State coach Hugh Freeze will meet with Ole Miss officials Sunday and is expected to receive and accept an offer to become the Rebels' new head football coach, sources told RebelGrove.com Saturday.

Freeze coached Arkansas State to a win over Troy Saturday, giving the Red Wolves a 10-2 record. In his first season as head coach in Jonesboro, Ark., the Red Wolves have already accepted an invitation to the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala., next month.

Freeze was asked about potential openings during his post game press conference on Saturday.

"My wife and I enjoy Jonesboro," Freeze said. "My kids like it here... Now let me say that I'm from (Mississippi)."

A native of Senatobia, Miss., and a graduate of Southern Mississippi, Freeze was an on-field assistant at Ole Miss in 2006 and 2007 under Ed Orgeron and was the head coach at Lambuth for two seasons.

In 2010, Freeze was Arkansas State's offensive coordinator, moving to to head coach after the firing of Steve Roberts.

Sources told RebelGrove.com Saturday Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora rejected an offer from Ole Miss. A source said late Saturday Ole Miss is expected to make one final pitch to Fedora before turning its full attention to Freeze.

Fedora led the Golden Eagles to an upset of Houston Saturday, giving USM the Conference USA championship. Fedora is also considered to be a leading candidate at North Carolina and Kansas and could emerge as a top candidate at Texas A&M if Houston coach Kevin Sumlin decides to pursue the vacancy at UCLA.


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