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Nutt To Replace Two Coaches At UM

It was a bit of a giveaway when the University of Mississippi posted two job openings for assistant football coaches on its official website this week.  Someone was going to have to call the moving vans.

With David Lee coming on board and Dave Rader heading out, the only question was as follows: Was that one of the openings or not?

Well, it appears as though Nutt has two more moves to make in addition to that one.  UM athletic director Pete Boone told Kyle Veazey of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger that, “It’s obvious that Houston’s going to replace two coaches… I don’t know any other way to say that.”

So the new question is: Who’s going to be replaced?

Nutt is at the American Football Coaches Association convention in Dallas.

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More Coaching Changes Appear To Be Coming In Oxford

David Lee is in and Dave Rader is out.  That much we know.  But what other changes might be coming to Houston Nutt’s coaching staff at Ole Miss?

Kyle Veazey of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports that the University of Mississippi’s official website has two job openings posted for assistant football coaches.

Has one of those slots already been filled by Lee — with the posting being a mere EEO requirement?  Or is Nutt looking to replace two other assistants?

An Ole Miss spokesperson told Veazey that the postings are part of the process of evaluating the football staff.

Uh-huh.  ‘Cause to really give someone a performance review, you need to post their job online first.

So is one more person out or will two be hitting the road?

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Ole Miss Announces Lee’s Return, Rader’s Exit

Ole Miss has officially announced the hiring of Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee… and the departure of last year’s QBs coach and passing-game coordinator Dave Rader.  Mike Markuson will continue in his role as O-line coach and run-game coordinator.

In a surprising move, Houston Nutt says that he’ll turn over play-calling duties to his old buddy, Lee.

“I’ve been thinking about this for the past year as far as giving up some of those duties to allow myself to go both sides,” Nutt told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

Lee has been at Ole Miss before.  In fact, he was the quarterback coach when Kent Austin was in Oxford as a player.  Austin was Nutt’s passing-game coordinator in 2009 before taking over as head coach at Cornell.  Austin’s exit opened the door for Rader who’s now being shown the door in favor of Lee.  Got that?

Interestingly, the Ole Miss offense averaged nearly 31 points per game this season and ranked third in the SEC in rushing.  The possibility for changes on the defensive side of the ball remains.

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Report: Lee Heading From NFL To Oxford To Rejoin Nutt

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach David Lee is heading to Ole Miss to take over as the Rebels’ offensive coordinator.

According to Mortensen’s blurb on Twitter, the offer from Ole Miss to Lee is “lucrative.”

Lee — a Vandy grad — served as the Rebels’ quarterbacks coach from 1978 to 1982.  He has also coached at New Mexico, Arkansas (three times), UTEP and Rice.  In the NFL he’s worked with the Dallas Cowboys and the Dolphins.

Lee served as the quarterbacks coach (2001-2002) and as the offensive coordinator (2007) in Fayetteville under Houston Nutt.  He was credited with bringing the Wildcat offense to the NFL in 2008.

Lee initially followed Nutt from Arkansas to Ole Miss, but Bill Parcells recruited him to Miami before he put down roots (again) in Oxford.  Now he really will get a second run at Vaught-Hemingway.

Last year, Mike Markuson (offensive line) and Dave Rader (quarterbacks) split the offensive coordinator duties at Ole Miss.  Lee’s return likely means Rader’s exit.

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