By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A win over then No. 4 Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl Saturday evening gave Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and his Rebels a huge shot in the arm.
The victory, which capped a 9-3 regular season and almost certainly placed the Rebels in a New Year’s Day bowl, also made him a popular name to watch on the annual coaching carousel.
Florida is looking for a new head coach after dismissing Will Muschamp on Nov. 16. Muschamp coached his last game at Florida on Saturday at Florida State.
Athletics director Jeremy Foley, according to Steven Godfrey of SB Nation, has Freeze at the top of that list, offering a contract that would pay over $4 million per season. Here is the link to Godfrey’s story: http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/11/30/7306217/hugh-freeze-florida-football-ole-miss-head-coach.
Freeze was asked about the Florida job following the Egg Bowl, saying this about the position:
“It’s amazing to me how many things put on the Internet are believable. I have not heard from any university except from the one that I’m fortunate enough to be head coach. Like I said earlier this week, I don’t comment on job statuses or anybody’s job status, particularly mine, whether it’s good or bad. I am blessed to be the head football coach at the University of Mississippi, my home, and to work with great people like (AD) Ross (Bjork) and Chancellor (Dan) Jones.”
Bjork talked with local reporters about a new contract, and extension, for Freeze Nov. 17. Freeze’s current contract pays $3 million. Raises for the assistant coaches were also being discussed as well. Details on the new deal will almost certainly increase this week now that the season has concluded and other schools are in search mode.
Another school that is looking to hire a new coach is Nebraska. Bo Pelini was dismissed Sunday morning and Freeze’s name has been linked as a possible candidate there as well, by some. The Lincoln Star, however, did not mention Freeze’s name in this early search story.
One thing is for sure, Ole Miss assistant coaches are out recruiting for the 2015 class. Some have already visited prospects in their homes. Darrin Kirkland, a four-star linebacker from Indianapolis, tweeted this picture of himself and Ole Miss linebackers coach Tom Allen Sunday night.