Hugh Freeze

No wage Freeze as Ole Miss bumps coach’s pay


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.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.