I spoke with Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork earlier today.
If the Ole Miss season continues along its current path you can expect Hugh Freeze’s name to be mentioned with job openings.
There’s a lot of football still to be played, but in just three weeks there has been a lot of turmoil and speculation at some of college football’s biggest programs — Texas, Nebraska and Southern Cal.
Bjork says the best way to approach interest in Freeze is for Ole Miss to express commitment up front, not by simply writing a big check on the back end.
“It’s doing little things along the way to show commitment in the program, things like re-doing The Manning Center, the locker room, the dining facility, weight room and team room. It’s showing that we want football to be played at the highest level here, and doing things like that make a statement.”
Bjork continued: “We’ve got ideas, we’ve got plans. We want coach Freeze here for a long, long time. He’s the right fit for us. I think he sees it that way as well.”
Last December Freeze’s contract was extended through 2016, and his salary increased from $1.5 million to $2 million.
Bjork also increased by 10 percent the salary pool from which Freeze pays assistant coaches.
Bjork believes Ole Miss can compete in straight salary terms as well.
“As our budget grows, as our season tickets grow, as our donations grow and our campaign evolves, I think we can be very competitive within our league and within college football.”