Hugh Freeze made a very smart decision after his lone season at Arkansas State.
So many coaches try to exhibit their loyalty by sticking with a lowly non-AQ program after a successful season, only to find that success at that level can be fleeting.
Freeze took the other path. Rather than sticking around Arkansas State and trying to extend the Red Wolves' winning ways, Freeze jumped at the chance to coach in the SEC, accepting Mississippi's offer to take over the program.
Just another reason to believe the bottom of the SEC is better than the top of the Sun Belt, at least from a professional standpoint.
Freeze only has three years of head coaching experience, two of which were in the NAIA at ill-fated Lambuth University.
Freeze guided the Eagles to a 20-5 record over two seasons, which included a conference championship in 2009 and a trip to the NAIA Quarterfinals—before the program was shuttered, shortly before the university itself went under.
After one season as the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State, Freeze was elevated to the head coaching position and guided the Wolves to a 10-2 record, a Sun Belt championship and the program's first-ever bowl invitation.
Now the trick will be to transfer some of that 30-7 record into something better than what Ole Miss has been capable of lately.
Unfortunately, the SEC isn't the best place for a down-and-out program to stage a renaissance these days. And the Rebels aren't making it easy on themselves with a non-conference game against Texas.
With a killer of a conference schedule, which includes a cross-divisional game against Georgia, it will be difficult for Ole Miss to manage anything beyond four wins in 2012.
2012 Wins Prediction: Four