Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Orgeron Gets Extension

OXFORD, Miss. ­ Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone announced Tuesday that he and head football coach Ed Orgeron have agreed in principle to a two-year extension to Orgeron’s existing contract.

Boone said he will now forward his recommendation for the contract extension to Ole Miss Chancellor Robert Khayat as well as to the UMAA Foundation Board of Directors for their approval.

Orgeron, who was named head coach in December of 2004, is in the second year of a four-year contract, which is the longest allowed by law in Mississippi. The contract extension would run through the 2010 season.

Although the Rebels have gone 3-8 and 4-8 during Orgeron’s first two seasons, Boone said he feels progress is being made.

“We are pleased with the progress Coach Orgeron has been able to make in his first two years,” Boone said. “We anticipated the resurrection of this program would take four to five years. He has assembled an extremely talented coaching staff and their superb recruiting efforts give Ole Miss fans reason for optimism in the immediate future.”(SID)