Auburn football hired Liberty’s Hugh Freeze to be their next head coach on Monday. Auburn athletic director John Cohen knew he had to hire a capable head coach to lead Auburn into the post-Bryan Harsin era- and Freeze is certainly capable. But he’s also controversial.

During his time with Ole Miss, the university was charged with multiple recruiting violations- and Freeze himself has been accused of sexual misconduct. Needless to say, the Liberty head coach comes to the university with plenty of baggage.

Given the circumstances, one would think that Cohen, the man who led the search for Auburn’s next head football coach, would be completely candid and open to answering questions about the hire during Freeze’s introductory press conference on Tuesday.

Those hoping for transparency will be disappointed, as Cohen took the cowardly way out, as pointed out by Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic and Mike Taddow on Twitter.