Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and his coaching staff received considerable salary bumps, the school announced Wednesday.
“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 athletics director Ross 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.”
Freeze, who had a base salary of $4.3 million this season, will see an increase to $4.7 million, as his contract was extended by one year to four years, which is the most allowed by the state of Mississippi.
Freeze’s base salary will also be increased by $150,000 each year for the remainder of the contract.
The biggest raise, however, comes for the rest of the Rebels’ coaching staff. The salary pool for Ole Miss’ nine assistant coaches will rise from $3.11 million to $4.26 million. That’s an increase from 26th to No. 8 nationally, according to USA Today.
“I am humbled and blessed by the continued confidence our administration continues to show in our staff,” Freeze said in a release. “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.”
Freeze and his staff also have incentives in their contracts based on APR, playoff rankings, coaching honors, the SEC Championship game and bowl participation.