Liberty has given coach Hugh Freeze a multiyear contract extension.

ESPN reported Freeze's five-year deal has an average salary of $2 million annually. That will make the 50-year-old one of the 10 highest-paid coaches at a non-Power 5 school, according to the report.

Freeze guided Liberty to a 7-5 record in his first season with the Flames, which also just finished its first year as an FBS program. Liberty will meet Georgia Southern in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 21.

"We are looking forward to a long relationship that will continue to make Liberty football mega-successful as envisioned for the program decades ago," Liberty president Jerry Falwell Jr. said.

It's a happy ending to a season that started out tough for Freeze, who was hospitalized for a back problem and then developed a potentially life-threatening staph infection that kept him off the sidelines the first three games. This season marked his return to coaching after he resigned under pressure from Ole Miss in July 2017

"(Wife) Jill, our daughters and I are very thankful for this blessing and especially for our players and belief from our administration in me and our staff. #GoFlames," Freeze tweeted.

Liberty is just the fifth team ever to earn a bowl bid in its first year of eligibility.

--Field Level Media

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