Hugh Freeze hired at Arkansas St.

Arkansas State promoted Hugh Freeze to head coach.

Freeze, who was the school's offensive coordinator this season, replaces Steve Roberts, who was fired after the team went 4-8. Arkansas State is a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Under Freeze, the team went from 95th nationally in total offense and 90th in scoring prior to his arrival to 43rd and 46th, respectively, this season.

Before joining Arkansas State, Freeze was the coach at Lambuth (Tenn.) College and an assistant at Mississippi.

Prior to his time at Ole Miss, he was a successful high school coach in Memphis, where he coached current Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, whose story was later told in the book and movie "The Blind Side."

Roberts was 45-63 in nine seasons at Arkansas State. He had consecutive 4-8 seasons before he was let go.

Bruce Feldman is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine.