FOOTBALL: The Nutt beat

Houston Nutt will address media after practice. From what I’m hearing now his new deal is a done deal. I’ll post some comments later.

— PA


16 Responses to “FOOTBALL: The Nutt beat”

  1. rebel2011 Says:

    sounds good to me. excellent work PA, you are doing a great job. I just hope he has a big clause in there that basically keeps him from leaving.

  2. Jay Stokes Says:

    i don’t know how to feel about all this, PA…..when i first heard about the auburn interest in nutt, i dismissed it immediately. i figured….surely, he won’t leave after one season, will he??? i’ll be interested to see what he has to say for himself during the media address today. if he was even the slightest bit interested in the job over at auburn, i’ve lost some respect for nutt.

    why is it so hard to find a coach that is satisfied with his current job and isn’t interested in jumping from job to job for a 25% raise or some such thing? it seemed to me that nutt genuinely enjoyed coaching at ole miss this season. he has a lot of initial success to build on and a lot of quality relationships with players now. what kind of a guy would sweep all that under the rug for more money at another place, or even to leverage more money from the current place??

    i guess i just considered how nutt was at arkansas for 10 years and figured him to be a faithful guy. you know there were plenty of people after him while he was there. i hope i’m jumping to conclusions by all this and that his meeting with boone was just a formality. i will be very shocked if he considered leaving ole miss or demanded more money from the administration. i know that’s a little simple-minded, but come on people! you’re making nearly 2 million dollars a year to coach a game!!!!! just coach!!!

  3. pBeez Says:

    I am hearing that the Boise coach is going to Starkville. Anyone else hear that?

  4. Raleighrebel Says:

    I think he likes it at Ole Miss, but realized he could get a pay raise for about $1 Mil by having a talk with Boone. I don’t blame him one bit for doing that. That’s just business.

  5. toddy22 Says:

    I don’t think there is any reason to blame Nutt for this. He did not contact Auburn or have anything to do with them floating his name. I think this was a knee-jerk reaction by our school to keep our now beloved coach. Ole Miss and State College have always been some of the lowest payers in the SEC. You know State is going to offer a decently large contract, so I think it is right to raise his salary.

  6. toddy22 Says:

    Also…. According to the US Department of Education, Ole Miss made 17 million between July 1, 2006, and June, 30, 2007. If we made that much under O, can you imagine how revenue will spike next year? I think the raise will be easily covered by increased revenue.

  7. jeez Says:

    Chill out, dude. This isn’t a marriage, it’s a contractual relationship between parties. Nutt didn’t want to go to Auburn, but he did want a raise. His market value went up after this season. Both he and Ole Miss realize that his market value went up and so they adjusted the contractual relationship to reflect that fact. In the football coaching market, you’d better pay value for valuable coaches or you won’t get to keep them. That’s the economic reality all major college programs who really want to compete have to deal with (or they won’t compete).

  8. bigdraws Says:

    Is that for the athletic dept toddy? Believe it or not some of the educators and professers don’t dig football. Be hard to take their education money and give it to a coach.

  9. pBeez Says:

    Toddy, you got a link for that USDE’s information? I’d like to check out a few other schools.

    Nutt deserves a raise. I’d rather there be one contract with built in bonuses or raises when benchmarks are reached rather then the yearly renegotiation that go on across the country. That’s a general comment, not a crack on Nutt.

    Nutt deserves a raise, we’ve had a great year, I hope a attitude changing year.

  10. UPTexan Says:

    The coaching business has changed just like the business world. Its dog eat dog. Not saying I like it but see the national unemployment numbers. With the money that’s being paid these days, the expectations run high and a coach can get fired just as easily as he can have a good year and get a raise. If Nutt had ‘cheeseburger’ issues with Boone, what a great time for Nutt to set that straight. We came out great on this one.

  11. toddy22 Says:

  12. L2 Says:


    So glad to hear the news. Thanks P.A. for staying on top of this stuff in between your Christmas shopping.
    I feel like in every facet of the athletic program a strong commitment is a necessity to continue improving. Nutt cannot help that he more than likely will be SEC coach of the year for the job he has done. Success should be rewarded. You say, After 1 year? I say, Yes – after what we have been through for the last few years. To see an SEC quality coaching staff on the sideline means so much. The getting ready & attending games knowing that your team is going to at the very least be ready to play means a ton. And Coach Nutt along with the rest of the quality coaches on the sideline have made that happen.

    He fits & with every passing day – Arky was NUTT’S for letting him go! Can’t wait for the future – and in a world filled with what have you done for me lately – let’s hope our commitment (and the commitment from the power’s that be) matches what seems to be the commitment of Nutt, Bianco, Kennedy & the rest of the bunch. Go Rebs!

  13. Jimmy Barbee Says:

    Should Houston Nutt move to Auburn or elsewhere, so what? Mr Boone will find a replacement.

  14. cr Says:

    Certainly he will find a replacement and certainly season tickets will decline and certainly enrollment will decline.

  15. Mom-Mom Says:

    How and when did all of this capitalism overtake college football? I am old enough to remember the good ole days of Coach Vaught. He was loyal to Ole Miss for 27-28 years and we held him near and dear through the best and worst of seasons. Coaches used to invest their lives in their players, not just in their financial portfolio.

    I’m so sorry times have changed. It breaks my heart and I pray Houston Nutt will stay with Ole Miss, not just for the money, but because he is growing to love Ole Miss.

    It also breaks my heart to hear about so many of the long standing and beloved Ole Miss traditions being sacrificed on the alter of political correctness. We are who we are, take us or leave us, but leave us with all that has been built and revered throughout our proud history. Hotty Toddy, Rebels!

  16. pBeez Says:

    thanks toddy!

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