I’ve been following the Birmingham News story of Auburn’s interest in Houston Nutt while trying to do some Christmas shopping today.
I’ve spoken with two different people around the Auburn search. There seem to be varying levels of interest in Nutt, but that interest appears genuine.
The Birmingham News earlier today followed up its original story with a report that says Mike Leach of Texas Tech and Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp both are no longer candidates at Auburn.
Nutt responded to a text message a minute ago. I asked if he or his agent, Jimmy Sexton, had been contacted by Auburn. His one-word answer was “No.”
The possibility exists that Sexton has had some contact that Nutt doesn’t know about.
Nutt, athletics director Pete Boone and chancellor Robert Khayat met for about an hour this morning.
A restructured contract and raise for Nutt is in the works. Boone said he wants to get it done quickly. “The sooner the better, especially with all this stuff going on,” he said.