Rebels/Tigers Clash Pits Coaches and Friends

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze says he grabbed his phone on Sunday for one final text exchange with Auburn coach Gus Malzahn.

The gist of the conversation: It's hard playing against friends, so we'll talk when this is over.

Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) travels to face Auburn (3-1, 1-1) on Saturday in a matchup of improving programs that are trying to climb higher in the competitive SEC Western Division.

It's the first time Freeze and Malzahn -- both former high school coaches who have had storybook climbs to SEC jobs -- will meet on the football field as head coaches.

Freeze and Malzahn don't just share a high school background, but also an affinity for the quick-tempo offense that's become popular across college football.


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