By The Associated Press
JONESBORO, Ark. — Hugh Freeze, the high school coach portrayed in the blockbuster movie “The Blind Side,” has been elevated to top job at Arkansas State.
Freeze replaces Steve Roberts, who announced his resignation on Monday. Freeze served as Arkansas State’s offensive coordinator for one season before becoming the head coach.
A longtime preps coach in Memphis, Tenn., Freeze gained notoriety when the book and movie “The Blind Side” came out, chronicling Michael Oher’s rise from poverty to first-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens. Freeze coached the offensive tackle in high school.
Thursday’s announcement gives Freeze his first head coaching job on the FBS level. He was an assistant at Ole Miss and was head coach for two years at NAIA Lambuth (Tenn.) College.