University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is currently in the process of figuring out who the next coach of the football program will be.
Last night, SB Nation’s Steven Godfrey reported Foley had offered Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze a base salary between 4.2 and 4.3 million per year to coach the Gators. Godfrey also stated that Ole Miss was planning to increase his salary to compete with Florida’s offer.
“Additional sources confirm the Rebels are attempting to compete with the Gators’ offer, pushing Freeze’s salary to somewhere near the $4 million range to take compensation out of the question in a potential decision by Freeze between the two schools.”
Today, the university stated that the reports were false and they have not extended an offer to any coach, including Freeze.
“We will have no comment on the recent multiple reports other than to say that we have made no job offer to anyone and reports claiming that are false.”
Freeze has done an outstanding job at Ole Miss during his tenure and should be considered as a serious candidate, even though Florida shot down the report that he was offered the job.
To be expected, this is the time of the year where rumors will be swarming rampantly each and every day. CBS Philly reported earlier today that Foley will reach out to Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly as early as tomorrow.
Other candidates who are reportedly being considered are Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
Whoever lands the job will be handed the keys to one of the best programs in the country.
Continue to check out facebook.com/freniklabs/timeline for further updates regarding the coaching carousel.
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