November 7th, 2011 12:51 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Magnolia State, Ole Miss, Ole Miss Nutt, West Division
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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