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Ole Miss hires Freddie Roach as defensive line coach

Freddie Roach’s hiring at Ole Miss is official.

Head coach Hugh Freeze announced Roach as the Rebels’ defensive line coach Thursday night, again rounding out Ole Miss’ on-field coaching staff. Roach replaces Tray Scott, who left for the same position at Georgia earlier this month after less than six weeks on the job.

Roach, who played at Alabama, has agreed to a two-year contract that will pay him $325,000 per season, athletic director Ross Bjork said.

“Freddie brings instant credibility to our defensive line room,” Freeze said in a release. “His coaching skills and passion for the game make a him a great fit for our staff. As a highly successful player and coach, Freddie has been a part of championship programs, and we look forward to having his experience on our team.”

Roach spent the previous two seasons at Alabama as the director of player development. He’s the sixth assistant other than Scott that Freeze has hired this offseason, joining offensive coordinator Phil Longo, defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff, linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto, receivers coach Jacob Peeler and Matt Lubick, who was originally hired to coach receivers before leaving to be Baylor’s offensive coordinator last month.

An All-SEC linebacker at Alabama from 2002-05, Roach coached defensive ends and outside linebackers at South Alabama from 2013-14 and also spent time as an assistant at East Mississippi Community College and Murray State while serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Alabama from 2008-10.