Is Houston Nutt a candidate for UConn vacancy?

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Houston Nutt hasn't coached since the 2011 season
Houston Nutt hasn't coached since the 2011 season. (USATSI)

Connecticut still has five games left to play this season, but that doesn't mean the school hasn't already begun the process of finding a new coach to replace the fired Paul Pasqualoni, and it would certainly appear that Houston Nutt is on UConn's list.

It's either that or Nutt has just taken a sudden interest in Connecticut high school football.

The Connecticut News-Times is reporting that Nutt contacted a local high school coach recently to get a feel for the landscape.

"Houston wanted to know about the landscape of football in Connecticut and what kind of players we had, the skill-level, and the hot-beds for talent,” the coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told the paper. “I guess he's doing his research. I was taken by surprise a little bit. I'm not sure how he got my cell number."

Maybe Houston Nutt works for the NSA?

As for whether Nutt is a serious contender for the UConn job, it's hard to say. Simply doing your homework isn't the same thing as wanting the job, though it's also not dismissing the possibility right away.

Nutt hasn't coached since 2011, but in his 19 years as a head coach he's 135-96 with stops at Murray State, Boise State, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

Nutt currently works as an analyst at CBS Sports Network.

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