David Gunn named interim head coach of Red Wolves

David Gunn (Source: Arkansas State University)
David Gunn (Source: Arkansas State University)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT & ASU) The Arkansas State University Athletics Department has announced what lies in the future for the Red Wolves football team.

In an afternoon press conference on Monday, the ASU Athletics Department named running cacks coach and Director of Player Development David Gunn as the interim head coach.

Gunn, a native of England, AR, has worked with ASU since January of 2002.

He played for the Razorbacks in the 1984 Liberty Bowl and the 1987 Orange Bowl, and he graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1987 with a bachelor of science in education degree in physical education and biological science.

ASU athletic director Dr. Dean Lee also commented on the move in a statement. "We want to make a smooth transition with a new hire while remaining focused on finishing the year strong academically, in our recruiting efforts and in our bowl game preparation," said Lee.  "Coach Gunn is a proven coach with a great deal of experience and we have a tremendous amount of respect for him.  We are confident in the coaching staff that remains in place and that our football student-athletes will finish this extremely special season in a very positive manner."

This announcement has come on the heels of Hugh Freeze's decision to take up Ole Miss's offer to become head coach of the Rebels.

After 368 days as ASU head coach, Hugh Freeze is heading to the SEC. He met with the players Monday at a 7:15am team meeting and notified them of his departure.

In a video message posted on the University of Mississippi website, Archie Manning announced Freeze as the Rebels 37th Head Coach.

Freeze was introduced at 2 p.m. at the Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts on the Ole Miss campus.

The 42-year-old led Arkansas State to a Sun Belt Conference championship and 10-2 record in his first season as a coach at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Arkansas State will play in the GoDaddy.com Bowl on January 8th. He was Red Wolves offensive coordinator in 2010, setting nine offensive records during a 4-8 season. Steve Roberts resigned and Freeze was named the 27th head coach of Arkansas State on December 2, 2010.

It won't be Freeze's first experience in Oxford. The Senatobia, MS native was an assistant under Ed Orgeron from 2005-2007. He served as interim head coach in 2007 after Orgeron's depature. During that time, Freeze served as recruiting coordinator.

The ASU Athletics Department says it will continue to search for a replacement for Freeze, but says it will refuse to confirm or deny any rumors that may arise over who the new head coach will be.

You can watch the complete ASU press conference on the kait8.com sports page.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.