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Is Houston Nutt leaving Ole Miss for Colorado?
It is 10:30pm CST, and I have just received word from a news anchor in Denver that Houston Nutt is not the number one candidate on the Colorado list after the anchor communicated with someone of the “highest authority” at Colorado. I am not sure if Nutt is leaving Ole Miss or not because my original source was not from Ole Miss. Nutt has been involved in these coaching discussions before. Of course nothing is absolute until Colorado hires a new head coach. Colorado has given themselves a deadline of December 1st to hire a coach. If they stick to that, we will have all of our answers by Wednesday.
It is 11:30 CST and 9News in Denver has now reported on air that Nutt will not be hired after the highest authority I mentioned earlier confirmed Nutt is not their guy. My original story is below.
According to a source close to the situation, Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt is set to take the head coaching vacancy at Colorado. Nutt has been down this road before. While at Arkansas, Nutt was heavily intertwined with the Nebraska and LSU coaching vacancies before becoming the Ole Miss head coach. Clearly nothing is official until we hear something resolute from Nutt himself.
Nutt apparently has been unhappy with Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone for some time now. If you saw Nutt’s press conference from a few weeks ago, you could sense his frustration. Click here for a link to the press conference from Rebelgrove.com.
Nutt apparently has a relationship with former Buff coach Bill McCartney, who himself has wanted to become more involved around Colorado football again. McCartney and Nutt were keynote speakers at The Standard, a men’s ministry conference, in 2009. McCartney has been in Nutt’s corner during the Colorado search for a new coach since Dan Hawkins was recently fired.
Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn has interviewed former Buff star Eric Bieniemy, but Bieniemy is no longer considered a candidate to land the job. A name on the periphery is former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell. Dorrell is a former Colorado offensive coordinator and Denver Broncos wide receiver coach, but could be best described as a Plan B option at this time. Bohn prefers to hire a coach with head coaching experience. Nutt certainly is experienced.
Colorado is moving to the Pac 12 next season and bringing a well-tenured SEC coach to the sidelines with a bevy of coaching experience would certainly help recruiting in Boulder. Nutt has an overall record of 97-64 and 52-52 record in SEC games in 13 seasons at Arkansas and Ole Miss.
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