Much like Penn State did a year ago when it brought in one of the top FCS head coaches to fix its offense, Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze are looking to do the same as Phil Longo will be the next Ole Miss offensive coordinator.
Longo comes from Sam Houston State, one of the most successful FCS programs in recent years. This past season, Longo led the school to an unbeaten regular season and to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs before losing to James Madison. And now that he is at Ole Miss, he will be making a little bit more money.
The contract details of Longo’s deal were released per Davis Potter of the Oxford Eagle. Longo’s deal is two-years in length and will pay him $600,000 a year. For reference, that is what Auburn paid its offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee this year, per the USA Today coaching database. Longo’s salary will jump up to $700,000 in his second year.
This will be Longo’s first season as a coordinator at the FBS level. He is an air raid disciple and Sam Houston State averaged 547 yards per game this year under Longo and 49.3 points per game.
“Phil’s bringing in his terminology, but we’re so similar,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said. “But (I) love the way his terminology, I think it kind it of puts us more in a great structure. We had gotten a little too spread out with too many ideas, maybe.”
Ole Miss loses a number of talented receivers such as Evan Engram, Quincy Adeboyejo and Damore’ea Stringfellow but it brings back quarterback Shea Patterson. The Rebels went 5-7 this season and will not play in a bowl game. The contract details of the Rebels’ defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff came out on Friday as well. He will make $1.0 million dollars in his first year and he agreed to a three-year deal.