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Report: Hugh Freeze Is Giving Up Control Of His Social Media Accounts To Be Auburn's Coach

Auburn HC Hugh Freeze

New Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze

Hugh Freeze is back in the SEC, as Auburn officially hired the former Ole Miss and Liberty head coach on Monday.

The Tigers are taking an unusual step to try and make sure his second stint in the league ends differently than his first.

According to a report from Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, a condition of Freeze's hire at Auburn is that he give up control of his social media accounts.

It's become common to see college football coaches interacting with fans and showing their personalities to recruits on social media — look no further than the man Auburn reportedly prioritized in its coaching search, Lane Kiffin.

But Auburn is removing that ability for Freeze after he's had some cringe-worthy moments on Twitter in the past. 

Freeze has used social media to take shots at fans and media members in recent years. He also drew criticism for sending a direct message to a former Liberty student who was part of a Title IX lawsuit against the school as an alleged victim of sexual assault.

Freeze tweeted about his hire at Auburn and updated his account to reflect his new job, but it sounds like he'll go dark now.

Of course, Auburn might also want to keep close tabs on Freeze's university-issued cell phone, as that got him into more trouble at Ole Miss than anything he posted online. Freeze was fired by Ole Miss after an investigation into recruiting violations revealed that he had been using the phone to contact a female escort service.

Prior to the ugly end of his tenure in Oxford, Freeze went 39-25. He beat Nick Saban and Alabama twice and led Ole Miss to a 10-win season and Sugar Bowl win in 2015. Add in his 34-15 record across four seasons at Liberty and it's no surprise he's getting another shot in the SEC.

If Freeze can get back to winning double-digit games and beating Alabama, Auburn will likely gladly reinstate his Twitter privileges.