Interesting development out of Oxford, Mississippi:
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt will not be retained after this season, multiple sources told ESPN.com, and the university will make an announce at a 3 p.m. ET news conference.
Sources also said that athletic director Pete Boone also will not return once the university hires his replacement. It's not clear when that announcement will be made.
Nutt, in his fourth season as coach of the Rebels, will coach the remainder of this season. Ole Miss has lost 12 straight Southeastern Conference games dating to last season and is assured of its second straight losing season under Nutt.
Hmm. Wondering what was Nutt's record to date in Oxford? From SBN:
Nutt's record at Ole Miss in four seasons stands at 24-23 (10-20 SEC), with 18 of those wins coming in his first two years in Oxford. The Rebels have three games remaining: this Saturday's homecoming game against Louisiana Tech, then rivalry games hosting BCS No. 1 ranked LSU on November 19, and the "Egg Bowl" at Mississippi State on November 26. Nutt is 1-2 against Mississippi State as head coach of Ole Miss, and 0-2 against current State head coach Dan Mullen.
Now the Rebels have collapsed this season with a record of 2-7. Unlike UCLA though, they haven't had the good fortune to avoid one of the two best teams in conference (Oregon), and also avoid another team that would have been a problematic matchup (Washington). Furthermore, it's interesting to read tweets like this from Bruce Feldman:
You can't get blown out by Vandy or lose to UK 30-13 in YR 4 & expect more time. Nutt way oversigned and underproduced past 2 yrs.
Hmm, one would think UCLA (who historically has had richer history than Ole Miss) would have the same standard for our program, which got destroyed by Arizona on national TV, and suffered multiple other defeats in humiliating fashion. Don't forget Nutt is a coach, who also won 9 games in each of his first two season at Ole Miss.
Feldman also noted that prominent boosters Archie Manning & FedEX VP Mike Glenn will help head Ole Miss search committee to replace Nutt. That's certainly a school that is serious about fixing their sick program in a hurry. Meanwhile, over in Westwood, we have people clutching and praying Bruins get to six or seven wins, so Neubs can make the argument that we can have another under achieving season in year 5 of Rick Neuheisel.