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Ole Miss announces more changes to football staff

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday that longtime co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner would not be back for the 2017 season. The school also announced that the contract of assistant athletic director Barney Farrar was not being renewed.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze announced Thursday that longtime co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner would not be back for the 2017 season. The school also announced that the contract of assistant athletic director Barney Farrar was not being renewed. AP

Two more spots have opened up in the Ole Miss football program.

The school announced Thursday that longtime co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner “will not return” in 2017. In addition, assistant athletic director Barney Farrar’s contract has not been renewed. Farrar, who played vital role in recruiting, was previously placed on administrative leave.

The changes came after it was announced before the Egg Bowl that defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was retiring after 38 years in coaching.

Werner, like Wommack, was an integral part of coach Hugh Freeze’s staff. It was Werner’s second Ole Miss stint. He was offensive coordinator in 2006 and 2007 under Ed Orgeron, now LSU’s coach.

“I am grateful to Dan for his contributions to our program,” Freeze said in a statement. “His leadership and experience were invaluable in the development of our quarterbacks. These are always very difficult decisions, but at this time, I believe it is best for our program to have a fresh approach.

“We wish Dan and his family the very best.”

During Werner’s return to Oxford, the Rebels offense was one of the more potent attacks in the SEC. Werner served as co-offensive coordinator alongside Coast native and offensive line coach Matt Luke.

According to USA Today’s assistant coaches database, Werner made $670,500 annually as Ole Miss offensive coordinator, good enough for 35th nationally. Wommack earned a salary of $800,000, which was 25th nationally.

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