Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork said the school has had contract talks with Hugh Freeze and expects to extend the coach's deal after the season is over.

Freeze — in his third year with the program — currently has a four-year contract worth a base salary of $3 million annually. The 45-year-old Freeze has received a contract extension after each of his first two seasons.

Bjork said on Monday that "by all accounts we'll have a new deal for him when the season's over."

He also said that the going rate for a SEC coaching salary is "creeping up on $4 (million) for sure."

No. 8 Mississippi (8-2, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) is still in the hunt for the national playoffs and travels to face Arkansas (5-5, 1-5) on Saturday.