FOOTBALL: More on Rocker

From what I’m hearing on Ole Miss defensive line coach Tracy Rocker, his possible departure to Auburn is likely but was not a done deal yesterday and appears to be still fluid.

This may play itself out today.

A text message to Houston Nutt earlier this morning has not yet been returned. That could mean a couple of things. A.) Maybe Nutt was still asleep, though not likely. B.) The situation is unresolved. C.) The situation is resolved, and one of the schools is working on an announcement.

As a part of his restructured contract in early December Nutt was given more control in working with salaries for assistant coaches.

If this is truly a chance for Rocker to better himself financially, and I would think it’s more about that than simply his love of his alma mater, then Nutt may have enough to work with Rocker to stay.

If not, I suspect he has enough to hire a quality coach. It would be disappointing for Ole Miss to lose its defensive line coach after what may have been its best defensive line in school history, but transition is a part of the game.

Rocker is near and dear the hearts of many at Auburn for an All-American career that included the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. He is already a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

— PA

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8 Responses to “FOOTBALL: More on Rocker”

  1. JB Says:

    I think thats good for Rocker, if he wants to return to his alma mater as a coach. Could later work out as a head coach for him.

  2. PBeez Says:

    I can understand his desire to return to his alma mater, but who in their right mind would walk into that nest of vipers? Pinebox maybe gone, but Auburn is still the most dysfunctional village on any plain.

  3. PBeez Says:

    I can understand his desire to return to his alma mater, but who in their right mind would walk into that nest of vipers? Pinebox may be gone, but Auburn is still the most dysfunctional village on any plain.

  4. J. Moore Says:

    I don’t know was this years success the players or the coach or both. I like him but I think it was the players.

  5. rebelt Says:

    400,000 dollars vs. how much PA?

  6. djrebel Says:

    I’m thinking Rocker made about $210,000, so that would just about double last year’s salary. Nix made $350,000 last year as coordinator. They all got raises when Nutt’s deal was restructured.

    Also at that time Pete elected not to talk about money whereas he gave us a copy of Houston’s original contract when he was hired last November.

    — PA

  7. rebelt Says:

    i wonder what recruits will follow him there. I heard he was already cleaning out his locker.

  8. rebnutt Says:

    T. Rocker for AD!

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