WJTV – Ole Miss announced salary raises for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff on Wednesday.
Freeze, the first coach in school history to lead the program to a bowl game in each of his first four seasons, will now make an average of $4.925 million per year. His contract is also extended for one year to a state maximum of four years. His base salary will increase from $4.3 million to $4.7 million.
The salary pool for the nine Rebel assistant coaches moves up from $3,110,000 to $4,260,000. The budget for the strength and conditioning programs, as well as operations and other support staff, rises by $260,000.
“In four short years, Hugh Freeze has taken Ole Miss Football from the bottom of the SEC to one of the premier programs in college football,” Ole Miss athletic director Bjork said in a release. “Coach Freeze is a unique leader who has the ability to develop young men both on and off the field. With his staff’s leadership, chemistry and integrity, there are championships in our future, and this investment and ongoing stadium renovations indicate our commitment to supporting the vision. We look forward to seeing Coach Freeze on the Ole Miss sidelines for a long time.”
“I am humbled and blessed by the continued confidence our administration continues to show in our staff,” Freeze said. “I am grateful especially to Ross for his proactive leadership and steadfast support. I also appreciate the salary increases for our assistant coaches and support staff, who have worked extremely hard to build this program. My family loves Oxford and the Ole Miss family and are blessed by God to continue building this program and working with the young men that choose this great university.”
Under Freeze, the Rebels have made back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl games, with the latest being their 48-20 win over Oklahoma State in the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl. Ole Miss is one of five college football programs to be a part of consecutive New Year’s Six bowls in the first two years of the College Football Playoff system. The Sugar Bowl win gave the Rebels their first double-digit win season since 2003.
In four seasons in Oxford, Freeze has an overall record of 34-18 with a bowl record of 3-1.
He’s made his mark as a recruiter, with him and his staff producing three straight recruiting classes ranked in the top 15 in the country. 85 players have graduated from the University of Mississippi during Freeze’s four years.