It appears the worst is over for Hugh Freeze, who lived through debilitating back spasms that were actually a symptom of staph infection, which forced him into emergency surgery last week.

He was in good spirits earlier this week when releasing an update from his hospital bed, and the latest update is he’s no longer in a hospital bed.

Freeze has been moved to a Fairfield Inn & Suites on the Liberty University campus, across the street from the Flames’ indoor practice facility. Stationed in a recliner, Freeze watches practice through a live feed and then radios his coaching points in through a walkie-talkie.

“It gives me a feeling like I’m coaching even though I’m not there,” Freeze said. “It really helps me with the staff. I’ve never stopped having staff meetings other than the day I had surgery. Even the days I was in total spasms, staff meeting at 9 o’clock, I’m on the phone with them. Now, after practice the offensive guys can come up here and I’ve already seen practice.

“You want to be out there with those guys. I miss that. It’s frustrating that I can’t be (out there). I know that there’s purpose in everything and it may be that God is growing some of these coaches without me being there and He’s growing me in ways that I could not grow if I wasn’t forced to sit in this recliner.”

Liberty opens its season next Saturday at home against Syracuse.

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