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Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

Posted on: September 20, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2011 4:00 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We wrote Saturday that after Ole Miss's inexplicable 30-7 loss to Vanderbilt, Houston Nutt had eclipsed Mark Richt as the SEC coach on the hottest seat in the league. Unfortunately for Nutt, the actions of Rebel athletic director Pete Boone since that defeat have done nothing to disprove that assumption.

Monday, Boone took the highly unusual step of speaking at Nutt's Monday press conference, preceding his coach's remarks with some 13 minutes of commentary on the Rebels' predicament. "[Nutt is] committed to correcting some of the issues that he sees are correctable and fixable within the program," Boone said. "And that's what his job is, and that's what he'll be doing."

"I appreciate Pete Boone meeting with the staff and myself, appreciate what he did the last 24 hours," Nutt said (not all that convincingly, in our opinion). "But now bottom line is that it's up to us as coaches, as players to do our jobs."

Boone's appearance at the press conference might be viewed as the dreaded "vote of confidence" that so often signals the beginning of the end for an embattled coach, but Nutt would no doubt take that over Boone's other action in those "24 hours": sending an open letter to Ole Miss fans that asked for support but also called the loss to Vanderbilt "unacceptable." Courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger, an excerpt:

The fullness of the Ole Miss football experience that you deserve and have generously invested in, has not lived up to expectations recently. Coach Nutt and I met today and discussed the current state of Ole Miss football. Both of us are extremely disappointed in our performance this year. We agreed that to be successful, this disappointment must be met head on with solutions for improvement. We discussed several areas that needed improvement and I support Coach Nutt in his effort to correct those areas.

As I have said, Saturday’s performance and our running two-season SEC record are unacceptable. Our commitment to compete at a championship level is as strong as ever and we will succeed!
Is there any doubt that "we discussed several areas that needed improvement" is administrator-speak for "I told him to quit embarrassing himself, or else"?

There's two things that might save Nutt's job even in the event the season continues to turn sour: that his back-to-back Cotton Bowl championships remain a nearly-unprecedented feat for the Rebels since the Archie Manning days, and that he has a substantial buyout (thanks to the ever-ingenious machinations of agent Jimmy Sexton) that the Rebels -- already in the midst of a sizable fund-raising campaign to upgrade both the basketball and football facilities -- may not be able to afford.

But it won't help Nutt that Boone may be under a little bit of pressure, too. Though likely only a vocal minority of Ole Miss fans, a group calling itself "Forward Rebels" took out ads in multiple newspapers (including, again, the Clarion-Ledger) after the Vandy debacle claiming that "the Ole Miss administration is the problem":


For a full-size version, click here, but know it's not Nutt the ad is referring to when it says "our leadership has failed us."

Again, that's not to say Boone is under that much heat at this time. But if his coach continues to struggle to the point that either Nutt goes or they both do, we suspect Boone will do his best to find the money for the buyout ... and that the pain of that search likely explains why he's making no secret of his desire to see Nutt turn things around as quickly as possible.

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2011 10:43 am
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

Mike Leach wouldn't touch that job.  You must be "Nutt"s.


Ah, yes!  That's because he is currently coaching at a traditional powerhouse?   No, wait...it's because he used to coach at such a traditional power in such a beautiful, enigmatic town, right?  


Texas Tech is stapled to a sun-bleached clay desert, and has never won anything to speak of.   Their most successful season culminated in Ole Miss scraping their team out of our cleats.   Mike Leach would be blessed to have the opportunity to coach in one of THE premiere college towns in America.   Ole Miss might not be a world class football team, but Oxford is simply world-class. 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 21, 2011 9:02 am
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

I think they should fire Houston Nutt and offer Gus Malzahn 3 million dollars a year or heck just go all out and offer Urban Meyer 4 to 5 million to take the job.They both will still probably say no but its worth a shot.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:56 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

Houston Nutt should have gotten out of there when the gittin was good. (Just like he has everywhere else!!) The guy is an incredibly "opportunistic" loser whose always been the right place at the right time.



Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:39 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

I say fire them both.  Nutt is in the process of ruining the football program and Boone has already ruined the whole athletic program.  Boone is trying to save himself by finally building a new basketball arena and adding on to the football stadium.  He should have thought about that before he wasted money on redoing the seats that the tad pad and before buying that new Jumbotron last year.  If Nutt gets fired and Boone doesn't, what coach in his right mind worth a damn would want to come coach at Ole Miss.



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

     Most comments from UM people during the last 4 years have been something along the line of "I got my nutt". 
I'm so glad they do.




Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: September 20, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

Mike Leach wouldn't touch that job.  You must be "Nutt"s.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Somebody has to lose..and here it was you..tough

This is ridiculous.  We live in an age where the mid-majors are catching the BCS teams, because there is simply MORE TALENT OUT THERE!!  Wake the hell up!   Look around.  Ten years ago, Boise State?  Ten years ago, TCU?  Times have changed, and you cannot EXPECT to beat anyone without first actually playing the game.  This Boone guy needs to get a serious reality check, or he needs to get a pink slip. 



Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: September 20, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

Hire a coach that has a mindset for the new, wide open offensive schemes being run at every school not named Alabama." Not sure if this was intended to be a slight against Alabama,
I don't think this was meant to be a slight but right the opposite. I think he was insinuating that everyone except Alabama has had to change to that system to be successful. I think. Cool



Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Ole Miss AD calls loss to Vandy 'unacceptable'

"Hire a coach that has a mindset for the new, wide open offensive schemes being run at every school not named Alabama." Not sure if this was intended to be a slight against Alabama, but Alabama's offensive system has been pretty good the last three years, if you consider 12 wins, 14 wins, and 10 wins as being successful. BTW - LSU runs a similar offense and has won more than a few games too. Of course, both of those teams also play defense.


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