Salary bump for Freeze, more money for staff

Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork told me a couple of weeks ago that a restructuring of Hugh Freeze’s contract would be coming.

The school released the details a few minutes ago.

Here are the nuts and bolts: Freeze’s salary goes from $1.5 million a year to $2 million.

His contract this season called for a bonus of $100,000 for every SEC victory. It was an incentive that raised eyebrows in the off-season, but it was an incentive I liked for a coach with little experience. More than anything else, the administration wanted football to be relevant in the SEC and was willing to pay for that. Apparently Bjork liked that incentive too. That incentive remains with a slight change. The $100,000 per SEC win begins with the second SEC win, not the first one.

Freeze made an additional $300,000 with that incentive this season.

The rest of Freeze’s original contract remains the same.

The news release states that the salary pool for Freeze’s staff increases by 10 percent. It’s not an across-the-board pay raise for staff, per se, but more money for Freeze to use to reward what he considers good performance. Merit pay.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • rcpylon

    PA said “…His contract this season called for a bonus of $100,000 for every SEC
    victory. It was an incentive that raised eyebrows in the off-season, but
    it was an incentive I liked for a coach with little experience….”

    I think its a good incentive for ANY coach, regardless of experience. If you don’t keep them ‘hungry’ you continue the revolving coaching door as we see at all schools. I’d also like to see some options for termination for failing to meet a standard/s, like two loosing seasons in a row, __% of the players are on academic probation/discipline problems, tarnish the reputation of the university (think Petrino).

    I highly doubt you could get any/all of the above nowdays, but this “give ’em a truckload of money” with no repercussions only works out for the just fired coach.

  • mantachie

    did he get more for getting to a bowl


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