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Our Money’s On Boone To Outlast Nutt At UM

For a month, the anonymous fan group “Forward Rebels” has been pouring money into a campaign to oust Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone.  The group’s newspaper ads have stated that UM’s individual coaches aren’t as big a problem as the man who hired them.

But Boone has received the backing of chancellor Dan Jones.  And Boone got a lengthy standing ovation from a booster club in Jackson just this week.

Whether Forward Rebels like it or not, it seems as though football coach Houston Nutt is in a bit more trouble than the man who brought him to The Grove.  After all, a good way to save one’s self is to feed someone else to the sharks first.

Check out what Nutt had to say about the schedule Boone has handed him… a schedule that included last week’s road game at Fresno State: 


“We’re closer to UAB.  We’re closer to Memphis.  But I don’t get to make the schedule.  Next year we’re gonna play Texas.  Whew.  I don’t mind playing one (tough game), on out of four.  But I’ll tell you, when you play BYU and Fresno at Fresno, come on.  I want to keep my job, y’all.”


From what we’re hearing, the coach isn’t exactly thrilled with some of the support — of lack thereof — he’s recently gotten from his boss, either.  Remember, after UM’s loss to Vanderbilt, Boone let the public know that he’d asked Nutt to come in and meet with him the following Sunday. 

“Houston and I met yesterday, and had a good discussion,” Boone said back on September 19th.  “Certainly he’s disappointed and committed to correcting some of the issues he sees are correctable and fixable within the program.  That’s what his job is, and that’s what he’ll be doing.”

Boone also said he wanted to see “a little bit more fire, a little bit more attitude” from Nutt’s players.

Nutt knows the lay of the land (having apparently been tipped to it by Mark Richt).  He understands that fans want wins today, not yesterday:


“My Cotton Bowl victories are in the rear-view mirror.  They don’t talk about ‘em no more.  So every not and then I’ve got to bring ‘em up.  Every now and then.  But I know you’re only as good as your last one.”


And he also knows that Boone isn’t yelling “Remember the Cotton Bowls!” from the top of the Lyceum.

However you slice it, things don’t look too peachy for Nutt at the moment.  Not only has his own boss handed him a tough schedule and publicly hung him out to dry post-Vandy, but Boone himself is under the gun.  That pressure on Boone might lead him to do something drastic if things don’t turn around quickly in Oxford — like fire a coach after four seasons despite a pair of Cotton Bowl wins in his first two. 

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  Think Boone couldn’t win a little fan support for himself by holding his nose and hiring proven-winner-but-known-wild-card Mike Leach?

It’s a long season and the Rebels certainly have time to turn things around.  But if we had to put money on one man surviving at Ole Miss this fall, we’d put that cash on Boone, not Nutt.

 


8 comments
Thomas
Thomas

Ole Miss cant afford Leach. He was getting 4.2 a year from TT. No way he will come to Ole Miss.... He has a better chance elsewhere. I don't think you could throw any amount of money at him. If you brought Saban in on a 10 year 50mil with 100% guaranteed, he would decline. It's not about the money. Ole Miss - Where good coaches careers come to die.

Hogmary
Hogmary

A newsman in NW Arkansas who saw the truth about Nutt before the other media said the other day that dividing the fan base was what he had against Nutt and he is already doing it at Ole Miss...he has a few donors in his pocket and is stirring the opposition to Boone. Nutt will throw anyone under the bus to save himself, including his own players. There is a reason Arkansas fans call him the Quarterback Killer. My sympathies to our SEC cousins in Mississippi. Six million is a small price to pay to rid yourselves of this cancer. At a distance, it is fun to watch him making a fool of himself.

scott
scott

sounds like some may be scared to face Mike Leach.

benzadawgfan
benzadawgfan

I read a Mike Leach quote outlining the type of program he'd want to coach. One of the three things he mentioned was stable administration. There is anything but that in Oxford.

He's complaining about this and next year's schedule, but doesn't mention his second cotton bowl 9 win season he played SE Louisiana, N Arizona, Memphis, and UAB. One fourth of his regular season wins were FCS teams.

I'd be willing to bet he would have been better this year if he'd spent last year getting Mackey adjusted to big boy football instead of bringing in that thug for one year.

I'll be fine with Boone hiring another coach for them... Wonder if Orgeron is busy?

TigerEyez13
TigerEyez13

Maybe Nutt can land the New Mexico gig.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

Yeah, I also think Boone will fire Nutt in order to help his own cause. If he does hire Leach though then I think he'll be gone sooner than later though. I don't see Leach fitting in at all in Oxford. That's a disaster waiting to happen whether they have a little success initially or not.

AllTideUp
AllTideUp

It wouldn't scare me at all to face Leach. From a purely football perspective he could help Ole Miss by helping them make more of the lesser talent they recruit much like he did at Texas Tech.

From a personnel perspective though it would be a definite culture clash with the Ole Miss people. Leach is a strange bird. He didn't fit in that well at Texas Tech either and from what I've heard they wanted to fire him early on, but he kept winning and they couldn't justify it. The same thing might happen at Ole Miss, but I think sooner or later it will turn into a huge mess.

ROIBroker
ROIBroker

It would be just like Boone to try and hire Mike Leach, who is not a fit for OM for a number of reasons. The bigger problem is Boone.

It is common knowledge throughout coaching circles that no one will take the job as long as Boone is there. Keep Boone hold the program back. Look at him, John Shafer, Warner Alford you see pitiful results since the 70's.....See ya Petey....



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