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No wage Freeze as Ole Miss bumps coach’s pay

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After leading Ole Miss to its first winning record since 2009 and a bowl berth for the first time since the same season, Hugh Freeze is on the receiving end of a revamped deal.

In the works for the past few weeks, Hugh Freeze received a one-year contract extension that could keep the head coach at the school through 2016.  After making $1.5 million in 2012, Freeze is now slated to make $2 million in 2013.

Freeze also receives $100,000 per SEC win after the first conference victory.  His previous deal had called for an additional $100,000 for every SEC win.

Additionally, Freeze’s new contract calls for a 10-percent increase in the salary pool for assistant coaches.

Freeze went 6-6 in his first season in Oxford, including a 3-5 record in the SEC.  The Rebels had lost 14 straight and 16 of its last 17 conference games prior to Freeze’s arrival.

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6 Responses to “No wage Freeze as Ole Miss bumps coach’s pay”
  1. thegamecocker says: Dec 14, 2012 8:40 AM

    Hugh Freeze is getting it done at Ole Miss! Recruiting has improved and karma is solid. Ole Miss has a long and proud heritage on the field. This is a program in resurrection mode and will eventually storm back to prosperity. It’s Ole Miss for G-d sakes! Growing up I remember the great Johnny Vaught teams and the bowl games. I love the Rebels and REFUSE to refer to use their new stupid nickname! I feel the same way about the St. John’s Redmen! They will always be the Redmen to me. And the FIGHTING GAMECOCKS will always be my choice. They quietly removed “FIGHTING” but that PC is not going to work with me. If Notre Dame can be the “FIGHTING IRISH” and everything that translates to, then my FIGHTING GAMECOCKS should be allowed as well. Sorry to off on a tangent….

  2. foreverlsu says: Dec 14, 2012 9:06 AM

    I agree, Gamecocker but just to clarify, Ole Miss didn’t change their nickname, still Rebels, but changed official mascot from Col. Reb to the Black Bear.

    Love visiting Oxford for a road game, great college town environment. Oh, it’s definitely a rivalry game to their fans but I still enjoy it.

  3. dinklespiel says: Dec 14, 2012 9:10 AM

    Actually with the new tax rates on the upper two percent coming in 2013 he may end up with less money, if he invests wisely.

  4. thegamecocker says: Dec 14, 2012 9:54 AM


    I did not know that the “Rebels” continue to be the nickname! That is good news. Frankly they do not need a person dressed in a bear uniform to be a mascot! Or even a live Black Bear for that matter. We all know that a “Rebel” was the mascot so I don’t understand why the PC lefties compromise in allowing “Rebel” as a moniker but rule out the actual mascot? Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to learn they are still the “Rebels”….I just don’t get the rationale allowing a word but not a “Johnny Rebel” mascot. It’s good when Ole Miss is a power team as it makes the entire SEC better. They are improving and need to keep that momentum churning.

  5. irishdodger says: Dec 14, 2012 11:26 AM

    Great job by Coach Freeze. Glad they rewarded his efforts which were more impressive after the dumpster fire Nutt left them with.

  6. afsgtret says: Dec 14, 2012 8:50 PM

    i thought a “winning record” meant the wins needed to be more than the losses, not the same. they lost the same amount that they won.

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