As a state school receiving public money, the University of Mississippi is required by law to publicly post all job openings. That includes “Head Football Coach.” The Landsharks – seriously, is that what we’re supposed to start referring to the school’s athletic teams as – did just that, formally posting a “want ad” for Hugh Freeze’s replacement on the school’s human resources site October 7th.
Ole Miss lists the job description as: The Head Football Coach will organize and direct all aspects of the NCAA Division I Football program.
Responsibilities include: The selected candidate will organize and direct all aspects of the NCAA Division I Football program. Some of the responsibilities include identifying and recruiting athletically and academically qualified student-athletes; scheduling and conducting regular practice sessions; overseeing the administrative process for budget, student-athlete eligibility and academic progress; participating in fund raising and public relations activities; and promoting the philosophy and objectives of the Intercollegiate Athletics program that student-athletes should be successful athletically and academically. Knowledge of and commitment to compliance with all NCAA, Conference, departmental, and University rules and regulations as well as dedication to full academic development of student-athletes are essential.
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of coaching experience on a highly competitive level.
Special instructions to applicants: The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, application (letter of interest and full resume), or expressions of interest to be submitted directly to the search firm assisting the University. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.
Work schedule: Monday — Friday (some evenings and week-ends (sic))
“Some evenings and weekends?” I think that could be updated to more accurately reflect “all weekends, late nights, early mornings, federal holidays and summers.”
Published salary: Actual salary will depend on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget.
Here’s a critical component to the search which will be much more scrutized internally and externally following the fall of Freeze – Background check statement.
“The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.”
If this sounds appealing to you, wait until you read about the benefits!
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