Ole Miss AD ready to pay to keep Hugh Freeze’s staff together
Day-by-day, the head coaching carousel is slowing down, and in the SEC, all schools have made new hires.
Now, the focus turns to the assistants.
Some will leave soon. Many more will depart after National Signing Day in February. And no matter the timeline, it will be something to keep an eye on the next couple of months.
At Ole Miss, there are several candidates that could get looks elsewhere and potentially a couple of spots where coach Hugh Freeze could improve his staff. Regardless of the situation, Rebels athletics director Ross Bjork seems compelled to give Freeze the resources he needs.
“I think you have to be proactive in everything you do,” Bjork said. “I let Coach Freeze handle those conversations directly and really just give him the full support. We talked over the last couple weeks, and really, my position was let’s do what we need to do to keep that continuity and consistency.”
Ole Miss currently sits near the bottom of the SEC in the amount of money it pays its assistant coaches, but Bjork is planning to change that this offseason.
“As those conversations come up, the details will be discussed with the coach that has another opportunity, but I think all of our coaches know how we appreciate them,” Bjork said. “We’ll do what’s necessary from an investment standpoint like we have after the last three seasons both related to coach Freeze and the assistants.”
“I feel really good about our investment in our head coach and the assistants. I also know in the assistant pool we’ve been near the bottom in the SEC. We need to step up, and we’re in the process of doing all of that.”
Bjork said they are still in the process of figuring out exactly how much more they will pay their assistants, but the process has begun.
“We just want to do what’s best for our program, show the assistant coaches that we care about them and like the job they’re doing and then it’s up to them,” Bjork said. “If they have a better opportunity, I know coach Freeze and I can look each other in the eye and the coach in the eye and know that we did everything we could, and I think that’s all you can expect.”