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Nutt-job on the line after loss to Kentucky

Houston Nutt AP

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.”

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13 Responses to “Nutt-job on the line after loss to Kentucky”
  1. woebegong says: Nov 6, 2011 8:34 AM

    I think coach Nutt is just going through the motions yesterday and he seems like he has lost his team. When the cameras panned to his face on the sidelines, it looks like you saw a coach, that really doesn’t have control of the team anymore. He acts like a coach in practice trying to teach them, even at this point, and I think he is probably beyond frustrated. I would have thought with the amount of folks he recruited, until the new SEC bylaws kind of stopped his practices in that department, that he would have been able to field a good team, so one is left to ponder if it is maybe his coaching and the coaching of his assistants. To get your lunch handed to you by Kentucky like he did yesterday, I think it is probably time to get a new coach.

  2. tubaplayingprof says: Nov 6, 2011 9:24 AM

    Maybe a metaphor-filled pep talk from Leigh Anne Tuohy would help the players care about Nutt?

  3. southernpatriots says: Nov 6, 2011 9:27 AM


    We agree, sadly and reluctantly, we agree. Though we are LSU purple and gold genetically and generationally, we want Ole Miss to have a relevant and viable team.

    Our rivalry is legendary, but has not been so consistently since Archie Who? (smile). It is sad to all of us what has happened to Ole Miss.

    Woebegong, you probably have hit the nail on the head. Nutt may have lost his vision and motivation, and this has filtered down to his staff. Change them all and maybe the Rebels will have a chance at improving.

  4. boisebob says: Nov 6, 2011 9:42 AM

    This guy passed thru Boise using Boise State as a stepping stone to what he considered bigger things. It was transparent and the program, especially recruiting, suffered. I don’t feel a bit sorry for this lout, after all, time wounds all heels.

  5. woebegong says: Nov 6, 2011 9:45 AM

    Personally, I like the guy, and I hate to see any head coach get booted, because it usually has a negative impact on recruiting. I think though, in Coach Nutts case, he has lost his team, and I am not sure if it would impact Ole Miss. recruiting that much. There are some good athletes in that state but I think the coach spent too much time, recruiting other states and may have lost some talent he should have kept in-state. S. Miss., although not in the SEC seems to get a lot of Miss. talent and they haven’t been too shabby. Of course, that could be a lot different, if they played in the SEC.

  6. chmba says: Nov 6, 2011 9:47 AM

    Nutt also suffering from disgust of alumni with Pete Boone “good-ole-boy” system and arrogant “good-ole-boy” chancellor, both of whom could care less about fans, alumni, donors, or anyone else except themselves and their cronies. Mississippi does not have near enough D-1 athletes for 3 schools.

  7. thefiesty1 says: Nov 6, 2011 10:26 AM

    They can beat A&M next year. They aren’t that bad. Keep Nutt around at least for another year.

  8. woebegong says: Nov 6, 2011 10:43 AM


    No they couldn’t fill three D1 rosters from Mississippi, but I would think that Ole Miss. would be the flagship college in the state and could do better getting more of the ones they do have. I am not sure about the Good Ole boy syndrome, since I don’t live there, but it could be true. I will take your word for it.

  9. deltamyhome says: Nov 6, 2011 11:02 AM

    Mississippi high school players are a dime a dozen,,,he needs to get the best players he can get regardless…If you think Mississippi high schoolers are the answer then you haven’t met Jack Schidt.

  10. woebegong says: Nov 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    I never said Mississippi players were the total answer, but it is a proven fact, at least in the SEC, that Fans support a team more made of a fair amount of home state products than they will, when a team is composed of largely folks from other states. State pride plays a big part in it. Just watch how a state like Georgia, especially UGA, take heat from their supposedly rabid fan base, when other states get a top notch or in some cases, even a mediocre player from Georgia. I am a rabid UGA fan myself, but I believe that if you recruit hard enough, you can find the gems, that others over look in state sometimes, and they usually turn out to be the ones that far exceed expectations. A bigger state like say, Georgia and Florida lose a fair amount of talent from the state each year, but also retain a fair amount of talent as well. I am sure, Mississippi, has some quality players as well.

  11. soumiss says: Nov 6, 2011 12:17 PM

    Ben, I wouldn’t bet on Ole Miss beating Louisiana Tech this weekend. Tech is no easy game.

  12. jc327 says: Nov 6, 2011 2:38 PM

    I like Coach Nutt, but he’s just not getting it done. The firing knife needs to cut a little deeper though, and get Pete Boone in the process.

  13. artbyshan says: Nov 6, 2011 4:28 PM

    Nutt-job. That’s funny

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