Liberty coach Hugh Freeze tests positive for COVID-19, has 'mild symptoms'

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Liberty coach Hugh Freeze has COVID-19.

The school announced Freeze’s diagnosis on Friday. It said that Freeze was experiencing “mild symptoms” and was currently isolating.

Liberty’s regular season is over and the team is waiting to find out where it will play in a bowl game. Liberty finished the season at 9-1 and its only loss was a 15-14 defeat to N.C. State.

The Flames were originally set to play Coastal Carolina on Dec. 5. But COVID-19 cases among the Liberty football team caused the school to cancel the game. That opened the door for BYU to play Coastal in one of the more fun football games of the season. The Chanticleers won 22-17 after stopping the Cougars a yard from the end zone as time expired.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 21: Head coach Hugh Freeze of the Liberty Flames looks on during the third quarter of the 2019 Cure Bowl against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Exploria Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Liberty coach Hugh Freeze has COVID-19. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Freeze is among over 20 college football coaches who have announced they tested positive for COVID-19 during the season. Alabama coach Nick Saban, Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Florida coach Dan Mullen are among those who have said they tested positive.

Freeze is currently in his second season at Liberty and signed a contract extension with the school earlier this year. That extension likely doesn’t prevent him from leaving for another job if he wants to get back to a bigger school. Liberty became Freeze’s second chance at the top level of college football after he was fired at Ole Miss following his role in an NCAA infractions scandal and a call to an escort service from a school-issued phone.

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