Bjork gets contract extension

Ole Miss has announced a contract extension for athletics director Ross Bjork.

The next deal puts Bjork under contract till 2019 at $650,000 a year. He has a $100,000 incentive package based on academics and wins and losses of Ole Miss teams.

Bjork was away from Western Kentucky in April of 2012.

He didn’t hire Hugh Freeze but immediately went into the mode of supporting the most visible athletics employee.

Together Freeze and Bjork have helped revive a program that was struggling mightily when Freeze was hired in December of 2011.

Freeze had led Ole Miss to 24 wins and three bowl games, one of them a New Year’s Six appearance this season, the first of the new format.

In addition, the Rebels have reached the NCAA men’s basketball tournament twice since Bjork’s hiring — the first two appearances at Ole Miss for coach Andy Kennedy — and reached the College World Series for the first time in 42 years last spring.

Bjork signed Freeze to an extension with a $4.3 million raise in December when Freeze was receiving interest from other programs.

Off the field Bjork has spear-headed the coming of the Pavilion at Ole Miss, the new basketball arena set to open next January, and the remodeling and expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Several projects are on-going, and the bowling-in of the north end zone is expected to begin right after the conclusion of the 2015 season.

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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