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UM Hires KSU’s Burns As Safeties Coach

The University of Mississippi announced today the hiring of Kansas State’s Keith Burns as the Rebels’ new safeties coach.  Burns is a former defensive coordinator at Southern Cal and Arkansas (1998-99 with Houston Nutt) and a former head coach at Tulsa.

“Keith brings a wealth of knowledge to our secondary,” Nutt said.  “He has coached a lot of great college players to reach the NFL level.  He has coordinated defenses at several schools and been successful at every stop.  Keith will provide a lot of energy and experience for our coaching staff.”

Burns replaces Kim Dameron on the Ole Miss staff.

For those who believe Nutt is feeling pressure in Oxford, it doesn’t appear that coaches in the profession agree.  Things change fast in the SEC, but for now let’s do a little reading between the lines:

Auburn — The Tigers have held on to all of their coaches this offseason.  If aides were worried about possible NCAA sanctions wouldn’t they have left?

Georgia — Stacy Searels is a Georgia native who’s turned down job offers in the past.  Wouldn’t he have turned down a lateral move to Texas if he still believed Mark Richt standing was on solid ground?

Ole Miss — The Rebels have added Gunter Brewer from Oklahoma State, Keith Burns from Kansas State and David Lee from the Miami Dolphins.  Wouldn’t those first two aides (from solid, secure college jobs) and Lee (from the NFL) have turned down Nutt if they thought they were going from a safe zone into a danger zone?



It's obvious you have a campaign to undermine Mark Richt both on the internet and the radio and I really don't understand why. I thought it was time for a HC change at UGA at the end of this past season, but guess what; the AD and school president didn't so while he is still UGA's HC I will continue to support him until such time as a change is made. Reckless, senseless remarks you make on your site and on radio talk shows serve no useful purpose.



And it's obvious you haven't read this site. I've said for two years that I believe Georgia fans are on the verge of making a mistake with Richt -- though he didn't help me much with the current 6-7 campaign.

I've also gone toe-to-toe on Macon radio with one of Richt's harshest critics.

Writing that Searels is leaving the program is simply a statement of fact. And can you deny that Searels has turned down offers before... only to go now?

Take off the UGA glasses and realize that no one here is out to get Richt.

Maybe you should read this:


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