OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze has received a one-year contract extension and a $500,000 raise, increasing his base salary to $2 million per season after leading the Rebels to a bowl appearance in his first season.
Freeze was hired last December and signed an incentive-laden contract that included a $1.5 million base salary. His new contract lasts through 2016 and includes a $100,000 bonus per SEC win, beginning with the second victory of the season.
The Rebels improved quickly under Freeze, ending a 2-year postseason absence by finishing with a 6-6 record. Ole Miss plays Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl on Jan. 5.
Ole Miss also announced a $12.5 million upgrade to the school’s practice facility. Additionally, the salary pool for Freeze’s assistants will increase by 10 percent.
Arkansas coordinators’ salaries released
New Arkansas coordinators Jim Chaney and Chris Ash have each signed multi-year contracts worth $550,000 annually.
Also, new offensive line coach Sam Pittman will receive $275,000.
All three coaches have been hired this week by new Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema, who left Wisconsin last week after seven seasons. Ash followed Bielema from the Badgers, while Chaney and Pittman came from Tennessee.
Chaney’s contract carries him through three seasons, while Ash’s is for two seasons. Both would be required to pay Arkansas $100,000 if they leave the school before the end of their contracts.
Pittman’s contract is for one season.
Kelly wins award
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly won the FWAA/Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award after leading to the Fighting Irish to their first unbeaten regular season since 1988 and a spot in the BCS national championship game.
Kelly, in his third season at Notre Dame, won the award in voting by the 1,200-member Football Writers Association of America. He is the fourth Notre Dame coach to receive the award, following Ara Parseghian in 1964, Lou Holtz in 1988 and Charlie Weis in 2005.
Notre Dame will face Alabama in the title game Jan. 7 in Miami.