Another successful season and a trip to a second straight bowl paid off for Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and his staff today.
Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced that Freeze’s contract was extended, not a surprise, for another season, giving him a new four-year contract allowed by the state. His salary will now be $3 million per season, and increase an additional $150,000 each year after 2014. Freeze still has incentives on his contract for winning the Southeastern Conference title game, postseason play and academic success. The staff pool increased by 12 percent, or $400,000, according to the release.
“Our confidence in Coach Freeze goes far beyond his progress on the field and in recruiting,” Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones said in the statement. “With the integrity with which he leads our football program, he has demonstrated he will win the right way. Our student athletes and our football program could not be in better hands.”
“In just two short years, Coach Freeze and his staff have placed Ole Miss among college football’s top rising programs. Their hard work and devotion in all facets of the program have resulted in postseason berths, elite recruiting success, personal development of our student-athletes and a renewed energy throughout Rebel Nation,” Bjork said. “With these salary commitments and our on-going Forward Together Campaign, we are committed to placing our football program among the SEC’s best and make the Ole Miss family proud. We want Hugh Freeze to be our football coach for a long time to come and our commitment is to invest in the present and future success.”
“I would like to thank Dr. Jones, Ross and our administration for their continued commitment to this program. The support they have provided our staff has been unwavering and is most evident in the current renovation of our facility, which I can’t wait to see re-open,” Freeze said. “I also appreciate the increases in salaries for our assistant coaches and support staff, who are very deserving. We are continuing to take steps in our journey, and our staff remains fully committed to the ultimate goal of returning championships to Ole Miss. Oxford is an amazing place to call home, and I’m grateful for how the community has embraced our families.” (December 10, 2013)