Houston Nutt

Nutt-job on the line after loss to Kentucky


Uh, excuse me, Mr. Nutt. You have a call from Pete Boone on line 1. Pete Boone. Line 1.

As if Houston Nutt‘s seat wasn’t already scorching, an inexplicable 30-13 loss to Kentucky might have officially turned the knob underneath Nutt’s buttocks to third-degree burn temperatures. To say it’s been a disappointing year in Oxford might be the understatement of the year, as Ole Miss has now mustered six total wins since back-to-back Cotton Bowl appearances in 2008 (Nutt’s first year) and 2009.

This season has been especially frustrating. Yesterday’s loss — to Kentucky, if you need to be reminded again — puts the Rebels out of bowl eligibility for the second straight year. Ole Miss should be able to defeat Louisiana Tech next week (right?), but things could get ugly again with games against LSU and Mississippi State to end the season.

When asked about his job security after the game, Nutt replied “I don’t know. I don’t know. That’s not for me to decide. I’d like to be. I plan on being. But that’s not for me to decide.”

The pressure to win and win now in college football, and in the SEC no less, has spiked in recent years. And, by Nutt’s own admission, he’s not holding up his end of the deal.

“I love it here,” Nutt said Monday. “But I know this, they pay me to win. And right now, we’re not winning.”

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah