A marriage made in heaven

This is what Gawd’s will looks like, I guess.

How long will this particular redemption tour last, I wonder.  Not exactly like working as Nick Saban’s intern…

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UPDATE:  Someone has a weird way of winning the presser.

Although I have to admit “handle my junk” has some real potential as a GTP catchphrase.

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96 responses to “A marriage made in heaven

  1. gastr1

    Liberty is disgusting.

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    • WF Dawg

      Yes, it is. More and more, I find myself explaining to people that I’m a Christian, but not that kind.

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    • What, in particular, do you find disgusting?

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      • Go Dawgs!

        Time for another playpen!

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      • Russ

        Well, this is the school that hired the Baylor AD. You know, the one that overlooked systematic rapes and sexual assaults over the course of several years and was finally fired by Baylor after it became public?

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        • Baylor says it was his and the football program’s fault. He says people all the way up to the Regents knew what was going on, and planned to scapegoat him and the black football players for what was a campus-wide problem. I’m sure he had some culpability, though. To cover up that many sexual assaults, it takes a whole lot of people including the local police force, which, apparently was in on it. I can’t imagine this guy being the puppet master, but maybe he was.

          In related news, Jimbo Fisher went to bat for, lied for, covered for, and otherwise enabled known sexual assaulter and lover of crab legs Jameis Winston numerous times, and he now gets paid $7.5 million per year coaching in the SEC. Does that make Texas A&M equally disgusting?

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      • stoopnagle

        It is, basically, a diploma mill & money laundering scheme funded by student loan money masquerading as an institution of higher education. Liberty runs a number of online degree programs of questionable integrity which students fund with government loans. It’s also highly sectarian with morally suspect (at a minimum) leadership across the board. You can do some google searches and there is plenty of reportage on Liberty and its leadership.

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    • 4th and Kirby

      Do you consider Alabama disgusting?

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  2. Legatedawg

    They totally deserve each other.

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  3. ChiliDawg

    Boy, that Jerry Falwell sure knows how to pick ’em. Nothing but the finest Christian men to represent their values.

    Do you think it’s going to be awkward for the University when it’s discovered Jerry has been molesting young boys?

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  4. vectordawg

    He’s the best snake oil salesman ever!

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  5. Bulldog Joe

    Far enough from Auburn and Knoxville to smell the smoke but not get burned by it.

    A one-year stay in purgatory. Amen.

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  6. CPark58

    “…a move bound to rub a lot of people certain ways.”

    There is a joke about Hugh Freeze and hookers in there somewhere.

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  7. Puffdawg

    It’s obvious Liberty University believes in forgiveness. They also believe in winning.

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  8. Randall Adams

    It’s a good move for the guy. He coached at a Christian HS. It is a little different and a place I think he’ll feel quite comfortable. Worse places to live than that part of Virginia. If you are Christian and believe in forgiveness (and I am and do), then I think this will be really good for him.

    And the fact that it takes maybe the best potential OC off the board from Auburn and UT…

    Well that is icing on the cake…

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  9. Bright Idea

    The Hugh Freeze “I have sinned” tour begins. He gets redemption at Liberty, reward at Auburn next year.

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  10. This is a huge win for Liberty and a soft landing spot for Freeze to regain credibility. Seems like a win-win.

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    • Athens Townie

      Is that from the official Liberty University press release?

      LOL.

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      • Liberty got a coach with the on-field success of Hugh Freeze as a newly minted FBS independent after Turner Gill retired. What coach out there with the same pedigree and caliber could they get? Freeze can run his own program, and probably parlay that into something bigger down the road with any measure of success at Liberty without being a part of either dumpster fire in Knoxville or Auburn. That seems like wins for both parties, objectively speaking. I’ve been told there is no “objectively speaking” when it comes to Liberty, though.

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        • Athens Townie

          As far as pedigree and caliber, Freeze brings a lot to the table. As far as baggage and stench, Freeze — again — brings a lot to the table.

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  11. Go Dawgs!

    How long does Hugh Freeze have to be bathed in the cleansing waters of Falwell U before he’s clean enough to coach major college football again?

    However long it takes Auburn to fire Gus Malzahn.

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  12. TN Dawg

    It’s actually quite strange.

    The secular world tends to carry the meme that the Christian church is harshly judgemental and antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ, who preached forgiveness and redemption.

    Then, when a Christian organization extends a second chance to individuals who have sinned, the secular world demands instead that they should be more judgemental and unforgiving, counter to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    It’s even stranger when the “sin” of the individual is to facilitate the payment of monies to players that the secular world has depicted as being marginalized and used by a big money corporate college football machine.

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    • Mark

      “Bingo” is about the only word I can – or need – to come up with here.

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    • I can’t keep up with all the straw men you’ve constructed there, but let me just say that Jerry Falwell Jr. is much more firmly planted in the secular world than you give him credit for.

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      • I agree, which makes it all the more interesting that this post and comment thread is more about the religion of the school and man than any football related content.

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        • Bulldog Joe

          Freeze picked a good place if he wants to be a head coach, like Kiffin did.

          Alabama isn’t an option as they are likely hiring Enos as OC, and Hugh cannot afford to be burned by what is happening in Auburn and Knoxville.

          Culturally, Lynchburg is not much different than Oxford. If he keeps his program clean and is competitive at home against Syracuse, at BYU, and at Virginia, a larger FBS school will hire him as a head coach.

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        • Jonathan Thompson

          Forget it, CpaDawg, it’s Get-The-Picture-aloosa…

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      • Legatedawg

        I will address a couple of them:

        I can’t help laughing when someone tries to set up this “Secular vs Christians” narrative. Quite frankly, secular humanism was invented in the 17th and 18th centuries by a number of thinkers, including some Americans such as Franklin and Jefferson, to keep warring Christians from ripping out each others’ throats. Today it seems that right-wing evangelicals constantly attempt to appropriate the word Christian for themselves, even though they are but a minority -a very loud minority- in comparison to the other Protestant denominations, the Roman Catholics, the Eastern Orthodox and sundry others. Sincere Christians of whichever denomination should not really have to put out I’m-not-like-Falwell caveats, but he and his ilk have stoked the culture wars in this country for two generations now and this is one of the unfortunate results. People like Falwell or “Judge” Roy Moore are not just against separation of church and state, they actually do feel that there should be a State Church in American and that it ought to be them.
        Love and forgiveness in right wing evangelical circles is reserved only for their own adherents and those deemed useful to them, not for the majority of other Christians, let alone Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and others who are of no use to them in their incessant quest for political power, which in my opinion has corrupted them deeply. The many references to the current WH occupant as “King Cyrus” are one of the more ridiculous consequences.

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        • Anonymous

          it seems that right-wing evangelicals constantly attempt to appropriate the word Christian for themselves

          If you ever wonder why they do this, you might want to take a look at the size of the endowment for Liberty University (hint: it is large than the endowment for UGA).

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          • Dawg1

            Was there recently actually, and although I don’t have a dog in this fight, after touring many campuses recently as well, I can say that most of Liberty is new, and impressive to say the least.

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      • 4th and Kirby

        It’s hard to keep up with logic.

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    • ASEF

      It’s the SELECTIVE forgiveness I find hysterical.

      Amish people forgiving a mass shooter who gunned down their members and children is one thing. Liberty’s leader condemning people right and left while finding it in his heart to forgive McCaw and Hugh is clearly self-serving posturing.

      And there’s a difference between forgiving people and putting people like McCaw and Hugh in positions of power over young people.

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    • Derek

      I think the issue is the selectivity of those who are never forgiven and those who are. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason just expediency and power politics.

      My sense is that at liberty Trump would get a much warmer welcome than Jimmy carter. That’s hard to make sense of giving the supposed nature of the school.

      In the end I think places like Liberty are more about “culture wars” than the Gospels.

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    • I have to agree with TN Dawg.

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    • ChiliDawg

      The notion that this hire has anything to do with an opportunity for redemption is fucking hilarious.

      This hire is nothing but an underscore on the fluidity of “christian values” to people like Jerry Falwell. Standards of morality are only at issue when it suits them. When it comes to making money for themselves, suddenly those things they get preachy about don’t matter. It’s a showcase of hypocrisy, not an attempt at walking the walk. To assert otherwise is an exercise in stupidity.

      I’ll give the evangelical right a reprieve from the lambasting they thoroughly deserve when they show “forgiveness” when it’s not a transaction.

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    • Texas Dawg

      I know I have snoozed through way too many sermons, but I was awake often enough to pick up a little. The bible calls on us to forgive. Even the murderer in prison can be forgiven. What I don’t EVER RECALL hearing is that the prison doors should be flung open to let them roam free again. Forgiving Freeze and hiring Freeze are two totally different animals.

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      • TN Dawg

        You must have missed the portion about Saul of Tarsus.

        It’s a pretty interesting story.

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        • ChiliDawg

          So is the one where an entire city of men, women and children is burned alive because of gays in their midst.

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        • DawgFlan

          I didn’t miss the bit about Saul – what’s your point?

          One guy experiences a divine intervention that calls him to freely give up his prestigious position of power and join the outcast and persecuted.

          The other guy experiences intercourse with hookers, cheats at home and on the job, and while using sanctimony and his prestigious position of power to try and cover it up.

          Ergo, Freeze should be able to coach football again?

          Look, I’ll join you in hoping the best for Freeze’s soul, but is his ability to coach football really with comparisons to Paul? Just because you may be religious, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other religious people and institutions worthy of mocking, or at least healthy skepticism.

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          • TN Dawg

            That is a reply to Texas Dawg, who says he doesn’t recall where murderers might be released from prison to roam free.

            Saul was a persecutor of Christians and turned them in to be murdered. Christ met him on the road to Damascus and chose a persecutor and murderer of Christians to deliver His holy word of scripture.

            If Texas Dawg does not believe the Lord would have it within His grace to restore a football coach to a position of leadership over recruiting violation, perhaps he is not fully understanding the meaning of grace.

            David sinned with Bathsheba and sent Uriah to his death, and yet the Lord forgave his sin and allowed him to remain as king.

            The Prodigal Son returned to his father and was welcomed despite all of his sin.

            It’s kind of the whole story of grace, that Jesus, wholly innocent, would sacrifice Himself that a whole world of sinners might enjoy an eternal reward that they were completely undeserving of if they would but repent of their sin and follow Christ.

            Perhaps you have some insight I do not, I don’t know. Maybe I’ve got it all wrong. Perhaps the Lord is not faithful to forgive a football coach for illegal recruiting and perhaps he would desire us to forever hold Hugh Freeze in eternal judgement and impose an earthly banishment from coaching.

            I could possibly have been the one sleeping through that service where we are not to forgive one another.

            I yield to scholars here. I truthfully wish for you all to be blessed.

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    • Doug

      Can we please cut the bullshit here?

      I don’t care how much disdain you have for the “secular world,” but if you really can’t figure out why the secular world finds “Freeze to Liberty U” uproariously funny, you need to get out more. And if you’re genuinely offended by it, you need to grow a thicker skin.

      That’s all I have to say on the subject except for this: If a guy cheats on his wife with hookers and then refers to these incidents—without irony—as “inconveniencing” his wife, why on earth would I think he’s sincerely seeking forgiveness or redemption?

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      • TN Dawg

        I’m not offended by it.

        Just made a comment. I’m sorry if it upset you.

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        • Doug

          Upset? Moi? I’m fine. So if you’re not offended and I’m not upset, it looks like we’re all good here.

          I just hope the humor in all this hasn’t escaped you. And I hope you have faith that I can be both a loving, forgiving person even though Liberty’s latest move has my eyes rolling so hard they might fall out of my head.

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    • Yes, because it there has ever been a model of nonjudgmental tolerance and forgiveness, it’s Liberty.

      Miss. Me. With. That. Shit.

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  13. The hell you say, just cause freeze and falwell share the same “girls for rent” 800 number does not mean this experiment will go well…..

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  14. DawgPhan

    tbh I dont care that Freeze paid players or sex workers. Liberty hired a guy who spent a chunk of his career covering for and ignoring violence and rape.

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  15. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    “…bound to rub a lot of people certain ways…”

    I wonder if that phrase is code for something? 🙂

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  16. The Dawg abides

    There’s a huge stone back in Memphis that Hugh is praying remains unturned. There was a lot of smoke coming from his high school coaching days about his relationships with female students, both consensual and non-consensual. Some think these rumors are what’s really keeping him from big jobs. A man can be redeemed from something like hiring call girls, but even one instance of inappropriate behavior with a student should bury this guy for good. Somehow I get the feeling that McMurphy is waiting to pounce on Memphis if Hugh gets a major gig.

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  17. truck

    And in other news, Tech hires former temple coach Geoff Collins.

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  18. Texas Dawg

    I’m pretty sure ole Hugh had his Junk Handled by several of those ladies of the evening he had on his speed dial. That was an incredibly ironic and poor choice of words on his part.

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  19. Jerry Falwell and Hugh Freeze deserve each other. Two conmen hiding behind religion.

    I hope it isn’t a happy ending for either of them (see what I did there?).

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