Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze joined a Southwest Georgia church for Easter. A rival coach planted in foreign territory. However, after one year on the job, Freeze is turning heads-- even in Georgia.
It was a bit of a strange setting at Albany's Sherwood Christian Church Sunday morning. Coach Freeze spoke to a congregation in the heart of Bulldog country, and he was excited about the opportunity.
"When (the church) issued the invitation, I was thrilled and humbled," Coach Freeze said.
Talking about his journey to the Rebels program, the second-year SEC coach delivered a message based on the right principles.
And the same can be said about Freeze's coaching principles. In his inaugural season as the Rebels coach, the team produced a 7-6 record and a bowl victory.
"Everyone's patting them on the back and saying they had a good first year in this new regime. The facts are both success and failure can be your enemies," Freeze said.
Though, Coach Freeze has made friends in the state of Georgia.
Coming out of nowhere, Ole Miss claimed a top five recruiting class in 2013, which produced six commits from Georgia high schools including consensus number one prospect, Grayson's Robert Nkemdiche.
"We're so thin at some spots that some of those kids are going to have to play," Freeze said. "The Robert Nkemdiche's of the world, the Laquon Treadwells'sâ|Austin Golson, Laremy Tunsilâ|those kids are going to have to play."
Cautiously optimistic, Freeze tailors his program with similar principles to the University of Georgia and Bulldog Head coach Mark Richt.
Though, after a 37-10 loss at UGA last season, the Rebels won't face Georgia in the 2013 regular season which isn't such a bad thing.
"The core values that (Richt) has in his program are very similar. Obviously, he's had great success. (I) wish them nothing but successâ|except when they play us," Freeze said.