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Lack of success at Ole Miss leads Nutt to resign


Houston Nutt at 2007 SEC Media Days (photo by Allstarecho via wikipedia commons)

Two years ago, Mississippi Rebels head coach Houston Nutt seemed to have his football program on the upswing.

The Arkansas native arrived in Oxford, Mississippi after a 10-year career at SEC rival Arkansas and he helped lead the Rebels off to a good start of 18-8 during the first two years which included Cotton Bowl wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in back-to-back years.

The Rebels had not enjoyed that kind of success two seasons in a row in almost 40 years. But everyone overlooked the fact that Nutt achieved success with the players left over from previous head coach Ed Orgeron. He could not upgrade the roster with his own recruits.

That is the reason why on Monday, the 54-year-old Nutt announced he’ll resign at the end of the season. He’ll stay on to coach the final three games against Louisiana Tech, LSU and Mississippi State, according to Rebels athletic director Pete Boone.

Ole Miss has lost 12 straight SEC football games, including the 30-13 debacle last Saturday against Kentucky. The Rebels are a disappointing 2-7, 0-6 in the tough SEC this year.

Nutt, who is earning $2.7 million this season, has a 24-23 record at Ole Miss.

The downward spiral for Nutt and his program was in the 2010 season opener, when Jacksonville State upset the Rebels in double overtime 49-48. The fans in Oxford were appalled and called for his resignation. That was the first time in the school’s football history that the Rebels had lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team.

The Rebels can’t seem to find and keep a football coach for long. The next hiring will be their fifth since 1998 and third since 2007.


Info compiled from University of Mississippi athletic, Radio & TV news

Dayton rallies for overtime win at Mississippi, 79-71

Chris Johnson slams on Ole Miss back in April and in the win at Ole Miss (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Ole Miss Rebels got off to a hot start early in the game and led 44-36 at the half. The Rebels shot 56 percent from the floor and knocked down 7-of-15 shots from the three-point line in the opening half.

But the Flyers, behind a stifling defensive effort in the second half, the University of Dayton Flyers rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Mississippi Rebels 78-71 in overtime in Oxford, Mississippi.

Chris Johnson led the Dayton attack with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Parker added 18 points and Josh Benson matched his career-high with 10 points off the bench.

Juwan Staten dished out eight assists and had five points to help the Flyers improve to 3-0 overall and pick up their first road win of the season.

This is the third time in coach Brian Gregory’s tenure that Dayton has started the season 3-0. The previous two seasons, 2003-2004 and 2008-2009, UD played in the NCAA Tournament.

In a rematch of the NIT semifinal from last season, Dayton never led through regulation and trailed by 16 early in the second half but mounted a furious comeback.

The Flyers tightened up on the defensive end and held Ole Miss to 30 percent shooting from the floor and 0-for-10 in the second half from three-point range.

In overtime, the Flyers took command with Staten and Parker taking control.

Dayton’s ability to hit free throws, 79 percent (26-of-33) aided in the comeback.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Boise State upgrades future opening game opponents in football

Chris Peterson head coach (courtesy of Boise State athletics)

Boise State, who has been taking criticism for years for playing a lousy football schedule, seems to be trying to upgrade it for the future.

The Broncos will open the college football season will open the college football season in 2011 and 2014.

Next year’s season-kickoff game will feature Boise State against Georgia and will be played on September 3 in the Georgia Dome.

In the 2014 opener, the Broncos will face Mississippi. That game will be in Atlanta.

The Broncos and Rebels had been scheduled to play the 2011 opener in Oxford, Mississippi. To fill its 2011 schedule, Ole Miss will play host to Brigham Young in its opener.

Boise State is replacing Louisville on Georgia’s 2011 slate.

compiled from staff & Boise State athletics news