it's been a tough year for Ole Miss. First the school was refuted in its bid to add the mighty Admiral Ackbar to the fold, and then they lost to Jacksonville State in the season opener. Now, after three weeks they're 1-2 and 0-1 in the SEC, seemingly destined to finish at the bottom of the conference standings. Which just wasn't supposed to happen with Houston Nutt running the program.
Nutt was supposed to make the Rebels a contender in the SEC West, and he's done anything but, which is causing many members of the Rebel alliance to question their leader. Though they may want to reconsider their position once they hear what the Grand Poobah of all things Ole Miss, Archie Manning , has to say about Nutt.
Manning expressed compassion for the Rebels' humble beginnings and confidence in Nutt's ability to turn things around.Having Archie Manning in your corner has to feel good for Nutt, but all those happy feelings are washed away quickly when just looking at the Rebels' schedule for the remainder of the year. There's no guarantee they'll beat Fresno State in Oxford this weekend, and then after that they still have road trips to Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and LSU.
"We're not real good right now, and when two (losses like Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt) happen you lose confidence, so Houston's got a big job," Manning said.
He continued: "I do think we have the right coach at Ole Miss. We've got a good football coach, and if anyone can kind of stabilize this thing, settle them down and get back to playing ... I knew it wasn't going to be a great, great year. Still, you hope you can turn it around, the SEC is a tough league."
So it's going to get worse before it gets better.