Ole Miss head football coach David Cutcliffe has signed a contract extension through January of 2006. The contract has been approved by Chancellor Robert Khayat and the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.
Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone said, "Ole Miss has been very blessed to have David and Karen Cutcliffe as part of its family the past four years. This new contract expresses our mutual commitment to continue that relationship for the next four years. I feel fortunate to be able to work together with David for many years to come."
Cutcliffe became the Rebels 34th head coach on December 2, 1998, and then helped Ole Miss defeat Texas Tech 35-18 in the Independence Bowl. He's guided the Rebels to a 23-13 record and bowl berths in two of his first three full seasons.
Coach Cutcliffe said, "I feel fortunate to be part of the Ole Miss family. This agreement allows us to continue developing our long-term goals for the football program. I appreciate our administration's continued leadership and support."
Under Cutcliffe, Ole Miss has recorded more wins (22) and the best winning percentage (.629) than any other Southeastern Conference Western Division school since Cutcliffe's first full season in 1999. He joined Harry J. Mehre (1938-1945) as the only coaches in school history to win at least seven games in each of their first three years at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss expanded Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to over 60,000 and Ole Miss fans set a season ticket record with almost 44,000 sold for the 2002 season.