FOOTBALL: The Nutt-Boone relationship

Friday was like its own one-day coaching search.

Honestly, when the first two names floated for the Auburn job were Mike Leach and Bobby Petrino, I relaxed a little bit, thinking I would escape a coaching search. Those two names indicate a certain preferred offense, and Nutt doesn’t pass on every play.

Auburn media Friday morning were reporting a new interest in Nutt, and yesterday took on a life of its own with the Ole Miss folks mobilizing quickly to get the money together to keep Nutt.

It made Christmas shopping quite a challenge as I tried to pay for presents while returning this call or placing that one.

The day evolved, and the deal was done.

Pete Boone and Nutt addressed us after practice, the team’s first in preparation for the bowl game.

Freshman quarterback Nathan Stanley threw a couple of touchdown passes and really showed some nice touch on the deep ball. I think he’s going to be a good one, the type of 3-star prospect that Nutt thrives on uncovering then “coaching up.”

Before Boone and Nutt spoke they went into seclusion in Nutt’s office for about 30 minutes.

Media relations assistant Daniel Snowden in there too. We could occasionally see Daniel in the window.

When meeting with us Boone and Nutt both expressed a satisfaction in reaching the agreement. It will be especially handy this weekend with the recruits on campus.

Nutt talked about the commitment to the program, and both talked about a shared vision for the future.

“We haven’t had an argument. We haven’t had a sit-down brawl, and what people have described,” Nutt said. “That’s so far from the truth. You always have discussions with your boss. We may not agree on everything. The bottom line is he’s the boss.

“We all have ideas, and we try to work together to get them done. It’s been really good. I’ve gotten everything I’ve needed.”

— PA

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27 Responses to “FOOTBALL: The Nutt-Boone relationship”

  1. pBeez Says:

    I like what I hear, and I think Nutt is being honest with us, unlike Pinebox. After this season he deserved a raise. Period. Just as important, this assistants did too. If the Auburn search sped things up a bit, so be it.

    The lack of a no-compete clause is ridiculous. There should not be another raise with out one. It’d hurt to lose Coach Nutt, it would be a nightmare to loose him to another SEC school, especially one here in Alabama where they think the Mississippi schools aren’t really serious competitors.

  2. Bo Says:

    I don’t have any “inside” information, but I personally believe that the whole Nutt/Boone stuff is COMPLETELY fabricated. Sure, they won’t agree on everything, but I can assure you that he and Broyles didn’t agree on everything either.

    I haven’t heard ANYTHING that would make me think it’s a rough relationship or that Boone is doing anything to undermine the program. I’m not saying that Boone is AD of the year or anything, but people are wanting to burn him at the stake. Personally, I think we have 3 of the best coaches in the 3 major sports. I love Bianco, Kennedy, and of course Nutt.

    Our program is in good shape, and I’m tired of people trying to manufacture drama!

  3. UMLaw Says:

    Now I think we’re safe for awhile. Look at the coaching search from a wider perspective. This all got started over the past few years because there were a number of big-market SEC teams (Florida, LSU, Alabama) who couldn’t find a coach they liked and thus these programs fought it out, at times among themselves, in order to land the best fit. Now, all of these schools are back on track and probably won’t be in the market for awhile. Now Tennessee and Auburn are in a state of flux but if their hires work out, and I guess that’s a big if, there won’t be a big market team in the SEC looking to steal Nutt. Financially, we can compete with everyone else.

  4. djrebel Says:

    PBeez, I also think a no-compete clause should be included.

    Bo, I think there is more to the Boone-Nutt problems than you do but less than what has been “reported” on message boards. I also think that relationship has improved within the last half of the season. The two men themselves have worked at things, and winning five straight hasn’t hurt.

    Law, it wouldn’t be a stretch to think of LSU looking for a coach next season.

    — PA

  5. pgrebels! Says:

    go to http://www.coachoftheyear.com to vote for Houston Nutt as the liberty mutual coach of the year.

  6. ColoradoReb Says:

    The calls to OM from Auburn continue. Now they want Austin. The first line of the new contracts should have been a no compete clause. The second should have called for huge buy out money. I don’t mind paying a coach but we should have learned how to write a contract after Tubb.

  7. ColoradoReb Says:

    And we should have fired Boone when he took away Col. Reb. He is not a business man or even loyal to OM. He’s just a whore like the rest of them. He’s the main reason for our program not miving ahead at a faster pace.

  8. ColoradoReb Says:

    Hey PA, you remember I told you about Nutt being called by Auburn, but you said it wasn’t true. no one else on here believed me, but it was true. Four calls in the AM. I’m telling you they want Austin. I have good sources.

  9. Josh Says:

    Nice Prediction Parrish.

    Just noticed that College Football News has changed their bowl projections and have us in Orlando instead of Dallas. Have you heard anything that would have sparked this change?

  10. EglinReb Says:

    ESPN is saying Cotton is definite

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/sec/0-3-46/SEC-bowl-update.html

  11. Chad Says:

    Josh, It could be that since Bama lost, they will now get the Cotton Bowl.

  12. djrebel Says:

    I haven’t heard that the door has closed on the Cap 1, but I’m guessing they end up in Dallas. Not a bad consolation prize.

    — PA

  13. Josh Says:

    Ha, if Bama got sent to the Cotton their fans would be irate. Especially if we got sent to the Capital One Bowl.

    Thanks EglinReb. There has been so much speculation with these bowl projections. I guess we’ll know for certain tomorrow.

  14. Bo Says:

    Chad, Bama will go to the Sugar Bowl as the #1 non-championship SEC team.

  15. Josh Says:

    Actually I don’t think the Sugar HAS to pick them since Florida is the SEC champion, but I can’t imagine them not wanting to select a one loss Alabama team.

  16. pBeez Says:

    Boone seems to be doing a fine job. It might not be perfect, but it could be a WHOLE lot worse. Just look at the lunk-head that is NC State’s AD, or look at how Arky folks were so sure they could do better then Nutt. Auburn might be about to go through that too.

    Unless Kentucky Fried Chicken was ready to pay us at least a million a year for a corportate tie-in, then the old man with the cane needed to go. I was always afraid to go up on his porch cause he use to yell at us young whipper-snappers, but the only college athletic team he scared was the Little Sisters of Mercy.

  17. david Says:

    espn cover man on his blog just said rebels to cotton, this is from officals at the sec championship game…LSU to chick fila, kent to liberty, vandy to music city..oh and i cant resist but miss st to the toliet bowl

  18. farley662 Says:

    “toliet bowl”

    It would have been funny had you spelled it right.

  19. ripleyreb Says:

    I think the DJ needs to go ahead and renegotiate and give PA a big raise. He deserves it. We don’t want to lose him.

  20. ColoradoReb Says:

    I agree RipleyReb

  21. Mike Says:

    Why can’t anyone just live up to their contractual agreements anymore? College football coaches are as bad as any professional player (you name the sport). They either want to renegotiate their contract before the end of the contract or somehow have an “out”. It’s not your employers fault that you signed a contract paying you X amount of money over X amount of time. However, it does seem to be your employers fault for giving you an “out”.

    It’s disgusting that it seems a man’s word is no longer his bond. Nobody should ever say another bad word about Bobby Petrino when so many of today’s coaches seem willing to jump at $1.00 more and a concession on popcorn sales. JMHO.

    I’m glad we still have Coach Nutt. I think he’s a fine man and a fine coach and I would hate to see us lose him. I just hate seeing programs bent over a barrel. Again, JMHO.

  22. Josh Says:

    Mike, there are so many reasons for coaches to jump from school to school chasing the money.

    First, and I don’t know what profession you are in, but if someone offered me a million dollar raise to do the same job somewhere else, I would jump at it.

    Second, what do we as fans do when a coach doesn’t win as many games as we want? I didn’t hear anybody saying we should live by our “word” and let O and Cutcliff finish their contracts. It’s the nature of the profession and i would argue that we as fans are just as much to blame as the coaches.

    If you want coaches to keep their word, donate money to the school for contracts and facility improvements and help make Ole Miss a coveted place to coach college football.

  23. djrebel Says:

    Hey ColoradoReb, sounds like you’ve got a good source there, but you’ll lose him if you keep printing his name.

    Ripley, I like your thinking, but it’s a hard time in newspaper right now as it is in most other professions except, apparently, coaching.

    — PA

  24. ColoradoReb Says:

    I agree PA. We will keep things tight lipped for now. You know when you have a couple cocktails you tend to be a little more loose lipped. Hope you get that raise anyway. See you in Dallas.

  25. ColoradoReb Says:

    P.S. I hope he doesn’t read the DJ.

  26. ColoradoReb Says:

    LOL

  27. m4rebs Says:

    PA, can you take the post that ColoradoReb made with the name in it off? He would appreciate it, and if someone posted my real name here, I would to0.

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