BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -
Ole Miss officials are negotiating what they hope is a new four-year deal to keep head football coach Hugh Freeze in Oxford. Late reports out of North Mississippi say Freeze has verbally agreed to a new deal. He was making $3M a year but that will be bumped up to $4M a year for four years.
According to SB Nation, Florida offered Freeze between $4.2-$4.3 million to replace Will Muschamp as the Gators new head coach. Muschamp was fired last week.
Florida officials say they haven't offered Freeze or anyone else the head coaching job at this time and they won't have any comments on the search to replace Muschamp.
The news centering around the Florida head coaching job has conflicting reports. Yahoo.com reported on Sunday that Colorado State coach Jim McElwain was a leading candidate for the Gators vacancy.
FootballScoop.com reported on Monday that Florida is interested in New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Another report by Mark Farzetta of CBS Philly says Florida wants to talk with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly to see if he would be interested the Gators job.
Freeze has publicly said he's happy in Oxford and he wants to remain the Rebels head coach. However, in this day and age of multi-million dollar contracts, you can blame Freeze and his agent from showing interest in other head coaching jobs. Ole Miss doesn't want to lose Freeze and Ole Miss is pullinjg out all stops to make sure he remains a Rebel.
In three seasons, Freeze has guided Ole Miss to a 24-14 record and two Egg Bowl wins including Saturday's dominating 31-17 win over Mississippi State.
The Rebels are 9-3 in 2014 and are ranked No. 13 in the nation.