Ole Miss media relations a few minutes ago circulated this response from Hugh Freeze regarding the college board’s non-renewal of the contract of chancellor Dan Jones.
This from Freeze:
“Dan Jones gave me a chance to lead our Rebel football program and be part of the Ole Miss family. I will forever be grateful for his leadership and vision. Chancellor Jones is a great leader in higher education and gave his heart and soul to Ole Miss. He led us to new heights never seen before. Everyone in our athletics program will miss him dearly!”
Chris Keiffer, our education beat writer, and many others contributed to great coverage of the board’s decision regarding Jones in the Mother Ship today. Read it here.
From a sports perspective it’s always interesting to see where a new chancellor lines up with athletics, a very important part (read money maker) at most large state universities.
Jones didn’t play football at Ole Miss as did his predecessor, Robert Khayat.
Khayat loved — still loves — to share his opinions on athletics. The chancellor oversees all aspects of the university and Khayat approached the athletics part of his assignment with passion.
I never got the feeling that Jones had any less passion for athletics. I always had the feeling that he was perfectly fine letting has AD make public statements.
One thing Khayat and Jones did alike was share frank opinions — perhaps not always on the record — and make themselves available to discuss key issues and stories. Both have been very good to work with.
The current situation regarding Jones and the college board is a reminder that chancellors and coaches are similar in at least one important regard. If you stay in one place long enough you’re going to find folks who disagree with how you’re running things.