Hugh Freeze has spent the month of August battling back spasms that were a symptom of staph infection, but he hasn’t let that get in the way of his work.
And now that game day is here and his back still won’t let him be upright, Freeze still isn’t letting his body get in the way of his job.
As Liberty opens its season at home against No. 22 Syracuse, Freeze is there with his team in Williams Stadium. And so is his hospital bed.
Here's Hugh Freeze coaching from his hospital bed pic.twitter.com/SSURR2KErM
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) August 31, 2019
Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze will work from a hospital bed in the coach's booth tonight, per LU Athletics.
Freeze's staph infection is gone, but he's only two weeks into a 4-6 week recovery from surgery. He's most comfortable when reclined and plans to fly to ULL next week.
— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) August 31, 2019
And, no, Hugh isn’t watching. He’s coaching.
Here’s a look at Hugh Freeze’s seat in the coaches’ booth.
Freeze will essentially videoconference with his team pregame and at halftime and do so during postgame press conference.
The plan is to fly him to Louisiana next week to be with the team on the road. pic.twitter.com/YA1HAXiQ43
— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) August 31, 2019
After two years away from coaching, Freeze clearly isn’t going to let a little thing like an inability to stand or sit upright stop him from coaching his team.
Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze with a different style of press conference tonight. He coached from a hospital bed in a coaches booth due to a back injury which he says he’ll have more of an update on in a few days.
Freeze on how he coached from the booth tonight: pic.twitter.com/EftJ7wFSUr
— Josh Schafer (@Schafer_44) September 1, 2019
Syracuse won the game, 24-0.