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November 14, 2011Tweet Follow @RedWolfReport Follow @LukeMatheson
Doing what they said can't be done.
That is exactly what Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze and his staff have done in the Sun Belt Conference this year. The Red Wolves are 8-2 on the season, and just came off of their biggest win of the season after beating second place Louisiana-Lafayette 30-21, and placing themselves in the drivers seat towards becoming Sun Belt Conference champions.
Two games are remaining on this years regular season schedule. The Red Wolves will travel to Middle Tennessee this Saturday, then will enjoy a bye week. The Red Wolves will finish the regular season December 3rd against Troy at ASU Stadium in Jonesboro.
Not only has the product on the football field improved, recruiting has also. Freeze and his staff have secured verbal commitments from 14 prospects from across the south. Other commitments are expected to come soon, and needless to say, Freeze could be on his way to the top recruiting class in the Sun Belt conference for 2012 as well.
Many could feel that this year was going to be special for Arkansas State the moment Freeze was named head coach. His demeanor and charisma at his opening press conference gave an early look into how things would be from that point forward. There was no doubt that a new energy was being brought to the program.
With that energy came an entire new mindset for the team. Earlier in the year, Freeze told the media that his team would not give power to several things being said about them. He stated that his team would not give power to the myth that they couldn't win on the road, couldn't win more than five games, and couldn't win a conference championship. In year one, Freeze has proven those three myths incorrect.
Obviously with Freeze having success as a division one head football coach, rumors are already running rampant regarding other schools wanting him. Rumors have began to circulate that Memphis and Ole Miss is interested. I have not been able to find any credible proof that these rumors are true. It is my belief that Ole Miss will approach Rich Rodriguez or Mike Leach, while Houston Nutt's name is being floated around in many circles as the next man for the Memphis job.
Back to the success Arkansas State has enjoyed on the field this season. Not only is the team 8-2 right now, they are ranked 28th in the nation by CBSSports.com.
Here are a few more facts about Arkansas State this year courtesy of Arkansas State SID Jerry Scott:
Needless to say, when you look at the win-loss record, the team records Arkansas State is set to break, and how well recruiting is going, it is safe to say the Hugh Freeze is certainly doing what they said can't be done in Jonesboro, Arkansas. There are only two things remaining to do--win out in conference play, and win a bowl game. I'm willing to be Freeze will do that too.
Keep checking with RedWolfReport.com for all of your Arkansas State athletic and recruiting news!