Settled in at Tad Smith for the basketball game now. When I left Tupelo Tommy Tuberville still had a job. Now he’s a statistic. I had heard a while back that Auburn might be interested in making a run at Houston Nutt. With the school making inquiries today about Texas Tech’s Mike Leach and Arkansas’ Bobby Petrino it would appear they’re interested in a style that is not Nutt’s.
Sometimes there’s more give and take in preferences like that as coaching searches unfold. I’ve been through three searches — two for football — in four years here at Ole Miss. I guess I’ve become sort of the staff authority on that, at least from an observation standpoint. John Pitts asked me to write a column about coaching searches, and that’s in tomorrow’s print edition.
Heard from an MSU person today that they’re willing to pay more than $2 million a year to the suddenly-available Tuberville and up to $2 million to Boise State’s Chris Peterson. If this person is correct Peterson may be more willing to listen than he’d initially let on.
If State is really going to attract Tuberville the administration may have to join forces with local economic development folks to try and recuit a few more grocery stores. Seems like that was a family concern as Tubervillle was leaving Ole Miss.