OXFORD — Ole Miss and Hugh Freeze remain in contract negotiations Monday afternoon.The sides are making progress, a source told the Clarion-Ledger, and there seems to be increased optimism that Freeze will stay at the school.There is not a signed contract, though, contrary to a Memphis radio report.SBNation.com reported Sunday night that Freeze was considering a job offer from Florida that would pay him $4.2 to 4.3 million yearly. Ole Miss is expected to be able to get within the range of $4 million to retain Freeze on a new four-year contract, the maximum under state law.Report: Ole Miss’ Freeze has been offered Florida jobFreeze currently makes $3 million. In three seasons at Ole Miss he is 24-14 with two Egg Bowl wins, three victories against teams ranked in the top-10 at the time and had Ole Miss has high as No. 3 nationally this season. The Rebels are No. 13 with a 9-3 record (5-3 SEC West).There’s little doubt that Florida’s interest in Freeze was legitimate and there may have been mutual interest. But the Gators search does not seem to have ended on Freeze, and Florida released a statement Monday morning specifically saying no offer had been made.Florida denies job offer to Hugh FreezeYahoo reported Sunday that Colorado State’s Jim McElwain is a person of interest, and McElwain spoke with Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley late Saturday. FootballScoop.com reported Monday that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel is also a candidate, and CBS Philly reported that Foley will want to speak with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.