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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 RebelGrove.com — 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 RedCupRebellion.com — 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.

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SEC Headlines – 7/20/11 Part Two

1.  The SEC has “We Are College Football” t-shirts available at Media Days.  (The shirt is part of an “SEC on ESPN” apparel collection launched by the network… which really needed yet another revenue stream.)

2.  Kentucky basketballer Jon Hood tore an ACL during a pickup game on Monday night.

3.  Hood could be back in time for the season.  Good.

4.  Here are three storylines for Arkansas at Media Days.

5.  Running back Knile Davis brings flexibility and balance to the Hog offense.

6.  DJ McCarthy and Akiem Hicks “kicked dirt on LSU’s good name.”

7.  Here’s the full list of LSU’s NCAA sanctions.

8.  From a Magnolia State perspective, here are five questions heading into SEC Media Days.

9.  Ole Miss chancellor Dan Jones is showing support for embattled AD Pete Boone.

10.  Brandon Bolden and the Rebel football team are being snubbed.  (Can a team that went 4-8 last year really be “snubbed?”)

11.  Mississippi State has set a new record with $37.6 million in private funds donated in the last fiscal year.

12.  The only SEC West team that Dan Mullen has beaten is Ole Miss — the one that happens to matter most.

13.  MSU knows what it has in quarterback Chris Relf.

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SEC Headlines – 6/20/11 Part Three

1.  With Rotnei Clarke on the way out — most likely — Arkansas pulled an oh-fer in its 2008 signing class.

2.  Despite a “George Jefferson” gaffe, this writer thinks Jordan Jefferson held his own at ESPN last week.

3.  Former Mississippi State guard Ravern Johnson thinks he might be drafted by an NBA team.

4.  Despite all the complaining in the Magnolia State, Ole Miss has brought in a record level of donations for the second-straight year.

5.  And now… a ranking of the SECs defensive tackles.

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SEC Headlines – 5/13/11 Part Two

1.  Several former Alabama stars are helping out with tornado relief efforts in Tuscaloosa.

2.  With everything UA has been through in recent weeks, this writer believes the 2011 season will be a special one.

3.  Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino continues to give players their walking papers.

4.  Dan Mullen got a first-hand look at tornado destruction in the Magnolia State yesterday.

5.  A Jackson writer has posted a video chat with Mullen made during State’s Road Dawg tour.

6.  MSU has a new color analyst for basketball broadcasts.

7.  The NCAA’s “Enforcement Experience” helped shed light on a confusing process.

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Signing Day 2011: The Battle For Mississippi

Looking only at 2011 signees/enrollees — and not players who signed in 2010 but are enrolling now — the state of Mississippi produced:


1… 5-star
13… 4-stars
51… 3-stars


Here’s who mined the state’s Top 25 players for signatures:


11… Ole Miss
10… Mississippi State
1… Alabama
1… Auburn
1… LSU
1… Northwestern State (FCS)


State Champion: Ole Miss

The Rebels nabbed the five best players in the Magnolia State and six of Rivals’ Top 10.



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“Dixie” And “Colonel Reb” To Become State Law In Mississippi?

Wanna see a yahoo?  The kind of guy who wastes our time and money from inside our very own government?

Then take a gander at Mark DuVall, Mississippi State Representative (D) of the Magnolia State’s 19th District.

It seems DuVall is one of the many, many elected officials in our country who feel the need to muck around in the world of sports.  And he’s actually authored a bill to the Mississippi House of Representatives that reads as follows:


AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-115-1, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972,

1 TO PROVIDE THAT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI SHALL BEAR THE

2 NICKNAME “OLE MISS REBELS”; TO PROVIDE THAT THE UNIVERSITY’S


3 MASCOT SHALL BE “COLONEL REBEL”; TO REQUIRE THAT THE UNIVERSITY’S


4 BAND SHALL PLAY “DIXIE” AND “FROM DIXIE WITH LOVE” AT HOME AND


5 AWAY FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL GAMES AT WHICH THE BAND, OR SOME


6 PORTION OF THE BAND, IS PRESENT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES



So DuVall is just one of a dying breed of redneck Rebel fans who can’t come to grips that this is now the 21st century and not the 19th, correct?  Correct?

Nope.  DuVall is a Mississippi State grad.  And he’s ticked off a number of Ole Miss backers with this ridiculous waste of taxpayer time.

In a state known far and wide for being one of the poorest and least educated in the nation, you’d think an elected official would take his job seriously.  You would think he would spend every working hour trying to make life better for Mississippians… especially those in his 19th District.

Not so when it comes to DuVall, apparently.

So was DuVall trying to tie old racial issues back to Ole Miss — as a loyal MSU alum would — or was he simply trying to kiss the rumps of many a Rebel fan in his district — only to misfire badly?

It matters not.  When an elected official wastes his time in office on trivial nonsense, he needs to go.  Hopefully Mississippi voters will agree the next DuVall runs for office.

And for the record, the odds of this bill passing are very, very slim.

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Bulldogs Invite High School Teams To See Basketball For Free

STARKVILLE, Miss. – High school programs throughout the Magnolia State have always been supportive of Mississippi State basketball, and 13th-year coach Rick Stansbury would like to extend an invitation to all Mississippi high school boys and girls basketball teams to attend games at MSU on Dec. 11/12/13/14 free of charge, in addition to the Bulldogs' exhibition game in Jackson against Belhaven at Mississippi Coliseum on Dec. 15.
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