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It’s official: Houston Nutt to resign at season’s end; AD on way out, too

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Following up on rumors that have been swirling since Saturday night, Ole Miss has officially announced that a change at head coach will be made.

In a press conference Monday, athletic director (for now) Pete Boone confirmed that the 2011 season will be the last for Houston Nutt.  In his fourth year at the school, Nutt will coach the Rebels’ final three games before stepping down and giving way to a new sideline boss.

The decision to fire Nutt was made on Sunday.

“Our goal is to compete for championships, and we are not making progress in that regard,” said Boone in a statement. “It’s time for our team to have new leadership and a new direction.”

“My time at Ole Miss has been very special, and I’ve enjoyed working with a wonderful group of athletes and the Ole Miss community at large,” Nutt said.  “Change is never easy, but I understand why it’s necessary. My attention is on finishing out the 2011 season and winning this Saturday.”

In his fourth season at Ole Miss, Nutt has compiled a 24-23 overall mark, including an embarrassing 10-20 record in SEC play.  The Rebels’ current 12-game losing streak in conference play is a school record, besting the mark of eight straight set by the man he replaced, Ed Orgeron.

Additionally, Boone announced that he will step aside as athletic director within the next year.  Boone has come under increasing fire of late, with numerous individuals connected to the university seeking his ouster.

“When Coach Nutt arrived four years ago, I said publicly he would be the last coach I would hire. I meant it,” said Boone. “On several occasions over the past year, Chancellor Jones and I have discussed what would happen if a disappointing football season resulted in a coaching change, including whether a change would affect my timetable as athletics director.  When I decided we need new leadership in the football program, I knew it was also the right time for new leadership in the athletics department.”

“Pete Boone loves Ole Miss. I am grateful to Pete for his leadership of athletics, including his selfless decision to announce his plans for the future,” chancellor David Jones stated. “There will be other opportunities to acknowledge his contributions to the university, but I know we all recognize the significant progress in facilities we have made under his leadership and the vision he has provided for financing the next phase of facility improvement.”

It’s believed the buyout of Nutt’s contract is in the neighborhood of $6 million.  A five-member search committee has been formed to find Nutt’s replacement and will be co-chaired by Archie Manning and FedEx Executive Vice President Mike Glenn.

The committee, which will also head the search for Boone’s replacement, will make a recommendation to Jones, who will make the final decision.

In other words, the Rebels will likely hire a head coach before hiring his boss.  Yeah, that’ll work out well.

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9 Responses to “It’s official: Houston Nutt to resign at season’s end; AD on way out, too”
  1. southernpatriots says: Nov 7, 2011 3:38 PM

    That news that Boone and Nutt will go seems to please the Rebel fans we know. Maybe Ole Miss will truly find a coach who is able to build a team and an AD who can truly lead the entire athletic department into greater success.

  2. chmba says: Nov 7, 2011 3:41 PM

    Next one who should go is Dan Jones….he has made a mess of programs and is an arrogant egomaniac to boot.

  3. patsfan87 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:29 PM

    Phillip Fulmer and John Chavus would be no brainers for the Mississippi job. Both have SEC experience and are winners. I would in no way give the OC at Auburn a HC job. The only reason Auburn won last yr was Cam Newton and we all know he was less than forthcomming with all the information.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Nov 7, 2011 4:39 PM

    Mike Leach is a rebel coach and would restore the Rebels out of the dumps. And, it would be absolutely great having A&M face him every year again.

  5. sssjim7 says: Nov 7, 2011 5:33 PM

    Urban Meyer? lol

  6. bcjim says: Nov 7, 2011 5:51 PM

    No matter, he has a porn star career awaiting him anytime he wants it.

  7. vols84 says: Nov 7, 2011 6:52 PM

    Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State

  8. zurnvs says: Nov 7, 2011 7:37 PM

    Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t see this school competing for championships on a year in year out basis. They will be able to get a coach, but not an high profile one. They are in the second half of the SEC. They will never be in the top half. Isn’t that right Missouri.

  9. cfbfaninbadnfltown says: Nov 7, 2011 11:06 PM

    A year ago this guy gambled this career on a convict from Oregon. You reap what you sow. At least he’ll still have his Cotton Bowl rings I mean that’s something right?

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