Sexton said he’s reached an agreement in principle to join Creative Artists Agency, a Los Angeles-based group with roots in the entertainment industry.

Sexton will partner with Tom Condon and Ben Dogra in CAA’s football division.

The new grouping will be “clearly the No. 1 agency in the country in football,” Sexton said. “Over 150 active clients in the NFL. Fifteen of the 32 starting quarterbacks.”

Sexton said his operation will remain based in Memphis. Sexton and Pat Dye Jr. merged their agencies about a year ago, but Dye won’t be moving to CAA.

Among the coaches Sexton represents is Hugh Freeze, who was hired Monday as Ole Miss’ new coach. At Arkansas State, his annual salary was just over $200,000, according to a USA Today database.

Asked at his introductory news conference Monday about his salary, Freeze delivered a laugh-prompting line: “Jimmy Sexton’s the best in the business.”

When Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones revealed his salary a few moments later, it’s easy to see why: Freeze will be paid $1.5 million, with incentives that could mean another million more.

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