Ole Miss wants to make it known that it will be extremely difficult to poach their head football coach.
Friday morning, the university released the details of Hugh Freeze’s new contract. After Florida reportedly expressed interested in the Rebels’ coach, Ole Miss has given Freeze a raise. The 45-year-old coach, who helped guide his team to a 9-3 season this fall, will see his base salary increase from $3.1 million to $4.3 million, making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the country. Freeze’s contract has also been extended to four years, the maximum length allowed by the state of Mississippi.
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— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) December 12, 2014
According to USA Today’s college coaches’ salary database, Freeze’s base salary of $4.3 million makes him the seventh-highest paid coach in the country, tied with LSU’s Les Miles. Freeze is now the third-highest paid coach in the SEC, behind Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin. If Ole Miss reaches the SEC Championship Game, Freeze’s salary will increase to $5 million, which would make him one of the country’s five-highest paid coaches.
Freeze has been at Ole Miss since 2012, totaling a record of 24-14 through three seasons. He is a native of Oxford, Miss., and attended Southern Mississippi.