LYNCHBURG, VA(WFXR) — Liberty Flames Director of Athletics Ian McCaw held a press conference Tuesday morning to share how LU is moving forward with the search for a new head football coach. McCaw says Flames co-defensive coordinator Josh Aldridge will be the interim head coach for the team. Over the past few years Freeze’s name has come up for big jobs…..so it wasn’t a surprise for McCaw that Freeze would be in consideration for the Auburn job. McCaw says he’s thankful for Freeze and his family’s four years with the Flames. Overall, McCaw says they have hired a search firm in looking for the schools next head coach. McCaw has gotten interest from power 5 head coaches and assistants to group of 5 head coaches and internal candidates.

“Certainly when you have a coach the standard as Hugh Freeze, you always want to have a short list ready. Be cause he is one of the best coaches in college football. You have to at some point anticipate he will have an opportunity for this. We are well prepared for this. In terms of the criteria, you know at Liberty it starts with we have to have a strong mix to the mission that fits and wants to train Champions for Christ and fits our university well. We are also looking to have a strong leader, CEO and culture builder of our program, We need someone who is tactfully skilled and a strong recruiter,” said McCaw.

McCaw says he hopes to have the new coach in place sometime next week. McCaw says he expects the Flames bowl game will take place before the Christmas holiday.