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How interesting does the Iron Bowl become with Hugh Freeze at Auburn?

Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze looks on before 2022 game against Wake Forest.
James Guillory - USA TODAY Sports

The Iron Bowl has taken an interesting turn as Hugh Freeze is Auburn’s new head coach.

After Lane Kiffin turned down the opportunity, the Tigers went in on returning Freeze to the Southeastern Conference.

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Several reporters confirmed the news as Auburn has its third head coach in four years. Freeze, 53, spent four seasons (2019-22) at Liberty University — posting a 34-15 record. He guided the program to a 10-win season in 2020 and helped former Auburn transfer, Malik Willis make to the National Football League as a quarterback. Freeze served as head coach for the University of Mississippi (2012-16) before going to Liberty. He compiled a 39-25 record in five years, including a 10-win season in 2015.

Freeze defeated Nick Saban twice in 2014 and 2015. Off field issues got him fired from the Rebels, but Auburn gains someone that’s familiar with Saban and Alabama. The experiment with Bryan Harsin did not work, so the Tigers chose to swing for the fences.

Freeze is one of the best offensive minds in college football.

Recruiting and action on the field between Alabama and Auburn is about to get fun.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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