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Nutt Denies Colorado Rumors

Houston Nutt once had a chance to go to Nebraska.  Instead, he decided to stay at Arkansas… where his welcome soon wore out.  Now at Ole Miss — surrounded by angry fans — the coach might have Colorado on his mind.  Or then again, maybe not.

After Saturday’s loss to Mississippi State, Nutt was asked what he wanted to work on this offseason.  He said, “I’m going to get into that Sunday.  I just — I want to talk to my team first before they read it.  I want them to hear it first.”

Meaning he doesn’t want them to learn of changes to the offseason workouts on the internet?  Or meaning he wanted to tell them he was leaving?

Internet reports yesterday claimed that Nutt was going to take the Colorado job.  But Nutt texted Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Journal and said the reports were “not true.”  When asked if he expected to return to Ole Miss next season, Nutt said, “yes.”

Ole Miss has a history of high expectations.  Oh, sure, that’s getting to be the case at every school in the continental United States, but UM’s expectations are steeped in 50-year-old glory that hasn’t been matched in, well, 50 years.

Heck, during quarterback Archie Manning’s time in Oxford the Rebels went 22-10-1.  Manning is now the King of Mississippi.  But if a coach posted a .667 winning percentage at Ole Miss these days he’d be on the hot seat.

Nutt is now 22-16 in Oxford after three years.  Most folks knew that his third year would be a toughie — UM was picked by the media to finish last in the SEC West — but the arrival of Jeremiah Masoli raised expectations.  Now Nutt is feeling the heat for not matching said expectations.

As we have noted regarding Mark Richt and his job opportunities, it’s often wise for coaches to re-set their coaching clocks.  Should Nutt leave — and we’re not completely buying Colorado’s interest — he would be giving himself yet another honeymoon period.  Clearly the honeymoon is over in Oxford.

If Nutt’s smart, he’ll chat long and hard with CU officials.  If they call him.

 


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