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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was not disappointed that he is losing linebackers coach Tom Allen. In some ways, he was thrilled that Allen was named South Florida’s defensive coordinator Monday.
“I rejoice with him. He’s a brother,” Freeze said. “He’s been with me since Lambuth, and now he gets an opportunity to go be a coordinator. You hate to lose good people but man we rejoice with him that he’s getting an opportunity to advance his career.”
Allen has coached Ole Miss’ linebackers the last three seasons as well as coordinating the team’s special teams units. He went to Arkansas State with Freeze in 2011, and previously worked with Freeze at Lambuth from 2008-09.
It’s not immediately clear if Allen will continue with No. 9 Ole Miss through the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31. South Florida (4-8) is not participating in a bowl game this season, and it is in a recruiting dead period.
“He’s having a phone call today with the people at South Florida to make sure,” Freeze said. “(If Allen leaves) We got quality people here that obviously can step in and get us through this.”
Because of the dead period that began Sunday and runs through Jan. 14, Freeze said finding Allen’s replacement is not something that has to happen immediately. In fact, Freeze said it’ll likely not be until after the new year.
“Sometime leading up to that contact period on Jan. 15,” Freeze said.
Freeze said he is not anticipating further staff attrition, but also acknowledged that this is the time of year when assistant coaches are being plucked across the country.
by Hugh Kellenberger, The Clarion-Ledger
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