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Rumors: Nutt Out At UM, Boone Resigning

There are more rumors in the Magnolia State today — following a day in which Houston Nutt had to tell everyone at his weekly press conference that he’d not been fired.  Today’s rumors?  That Nutt will be done in Oxford at season’s end and maybe sooner.  Ole Miss has a press conference at 3pm ET today and it’s expected that Nutt’s ouster will be announced at that time.

According to — the Rivals site covering Ole Miss — Nutt is expected to coach the final three games of the season.  He will be available to the media after the press conference which will be held by chancellor Dan Jones and AD Pete Boone.

Also, it’s being reported that the embattled Boone will step down “as soon as a successor is named.”  According to — the SB Nation site covering Ole Miss — “A search committee will be employed to find a replacement.”

Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal has been told that Boone will resign but it “might not be today.”

RebelGrove reports here — not behind a paywall — that there was no simple reason for Nutt’s failure in Oxford.

Nutt took Ole Miss to back-to-back Cotton Bowls in his first two seasons before dropping off to 4-8 last year.  This year his team is 2-7 and he has lost 12 SEC contests in a row dating back to last season.  In addition, he’s dropped two games in a row to Dan Mullen and Mississippi State.

The buyout for Nutt is believed to be about $6 million.  So the Rebels will have to dig deep to pay him off and find a “name” replacement.

There are four names that we expect to hear kicked around with regards to the Rebel job:

* Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart

* Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn

* Houston head coach Kevin Sumlin

* Former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach

Ole Miss is the only West Division team to have never reached the SEC Championship Game.  The Rebels’ last conference titles came in 1962 and 1963.  Would Smart, Malzahn, Sumlin or Leach view Ole Miss as having potential?  Or would they focuse on the fact that UM is left with Kentucky and Vanderbilt as the only league schools not to reach a conference championship game in the past two decades?

Timing might play a factor as well.  Ten years ago, the SEC West was wide open.  Now Nick Saban, Les Miles and Bobby Petrino all have their programs in the Top 10 and none of them look to be leaving anytime soon.



Will any school ever seriously consider Mike Leach? He is fun to watch.


Let's see. Say you are a top assistant at a major school (Smart, Malzahn. Hey, how come no UGA assistants never get mentioned as head coaching candidates ... never mind!). Or a top mid-major coach (Sumlin). Could you think of a BETTER OPPORTUNITY than to go to Ole Miss? Who could think of a BETTER SITUATION to walk into! You get to compete with Les Miles, Nick Saban, and Gene Chizik (winner of 3 of the last 4 national titles, and likely 4 of the last 5 in a few months) plus Bobby Petrino (winner of a BCS bowl at LOUISVILLE, former NFL head coach) and Dan Mullen (2 national titles as coordinator)! And do it at the school with the WORST RECENT TRADITION IN THE SEC WEST (that's right Ole Miss fans, Mississippi State has had more success the past 20 years) in a state where MANY OF THE BEST ATHLETES EITHER LEAVE OR DON'T QUALIFY! And to top it all off ... the divisive controversy over the (totally unnecessary and absolutely absurd) mascot change!

I mean SERIOUSLY, what could be a BETTER situation to walk into? Who could IMAGINE a situation MORE CONDUCIVE to waltzing right in and succeeding! Better than Jim Tressel going to a loaded Ohio State team in a down Big 10! Better than Urban Meyer inheriting all those Ron Zook recruits in an SEC East ruled with an iron fist (snicker) by Mark Richt and Phil Fulmer!

I don't know guys. Houston Nutt, despite his flaws, was a proven winner in the SEC. Should have held onto him until the coast got a bit clearer in the SEC West ... when that division didn't include the #1, #3 and #8 teams in America plus the defending national champs.


Hi Danny! Thanks for joining us!

In response to the "who would take THAT job argument," Mississippi State hired Dan Mullen three seasons ago. Dan Mullen was the offensive coordinator of a school which won two national championships in three years, yet he took the job at the crappiest school on the crappiest campus in the crappiest town in the SEC. I don't care how many negatives you can stack against Ole Miss (and there are a few, I'll give you that), becuase for someone who has never been a head coach, it's a very, very attractive job.


Maybe Tennessee should fire Dooley and pick up any of those other four. . .


There is definitely a simple reason for Nutt's failure. He is an arrogant, stubborn, and small minded person. I wish him all the best in his future failures.

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