Bjork expects new contract for Bianco to be finalized soon

Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork expects a new contract for baseball coach Mike Bianco to be in place soon.

Bianco, in his 14th season, led the Rebels to their first College World Series appearance since 1972. Ole Miss finished 48-21 overall, 19-11 in the SEC, second in the SEC overall and first in the Western Division.

“We have had a chance to speak a couple of times. Now we’re just going through the process. We’re hoping to get everything finalized in the next couple of weeks. That’s our goal for a new contact,” Bjork said.

The talks are still fluid.

“With the holiday, vacations and those sorts of things, obviously the run to Omaha was terrific … We’ll get things done in the next couple of weeks.”

Bianco is on vacation this week, and Bjork will take time off beginning tomorrow.

Bianco went into this season with two years left on his contract — state law allows a maximum of four — and a salary of $515,000 annually.

Bjork said he intends to make an “investment across the board” which would mean a larger pool of cash from which Bianco pays assistant coaches.

Bianco currently has one opening on his staff. Hitting coach Cliff Godwin was named head coach at East Carolina, his alma mater, last week.

Bjork says he’s excited about the future of the baseball program.

“I think Mike Bianco is a great baseball coach. Obviously he proved that once again this year with the run to Omaha, finishing third or fourth in the country depending on which poll you look at, reaching the Final Four of the (CWS). We’re super excited about Mike and the job he did, ripping the seal off our program if you will, that Omaha seal.

“We have an exciting future with Mike at the helm. We’re excited about where the program will continue to climb with Mike as our leader.”

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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