Monday, November 26, 2007


Well it appears the powers that be have reached a decision and have extended an offer to Houston Nutt. Nutt, a longtime coach at Arkansas, is one of the most successful coaches currently coaching in the SEC. His record in the SEC is pretty good as seen in the stats below.

Nutt is not the wow factor that many were looking for. Some fans were looking to bring in a coach who is not familiar with the SEC and would bring a new style to the game. I don't know the specifics on who was on our list, but it appears Nutt was at the top based on the speed of events that took place today. Nutt officially resigned around 6:00 tonight. As part of his resignation Nutt agreed to terms that included a stipulation that would allow him to coach elsewhere in the SEC, it is my understanding there is no buyout involved.

The Ole Miss fan base will probably be split about 50/50 on whether or not they like Nutt. Much like Arkansas fans were split 50/50 on him leaving. I think Nutt is a proven head coach who has obviously had some success. It is Nutt's attitude that is portrayed to outsiders which cause some fand to hold back on accepting him. He obviously comes across as cocky, weird, and downright crazy at sometimes.

No word yet on assistants. It is my hope that Nutt will keep Hugh Freeze and Frank Wilson on his new staff. I have liked what has been said about these two assistants over the last three years. I would also look for Nutt to keep John Thompson on staff in some capacity also. These two have coached together before at Arkansas and Thompson still has two years remaining on his contract with Ole Miss.

As I posted before, Rebel fans need to embrace this hire. We appear to have a new coach with head coaching experience that has had success in the SEC. With all that being said, he was not my first choice, and I will admit he is going to have to grow on me. But I am not going to attack him for what I have disliked about him in the past. I am going to give this guy a chance, as we all should.

Here are some stats, I could find on Nutt released by Arkansas Athletic Department last year(they already have him removed from their website)

(Ark AD)Seven bowl games, three Southeastern Conference Western Division titles and an average of more than seven wins per season – that’s what Houston Nutt has accomplished in nine years as the head coach at Arkansas.

Going into his 10th season in Fayetteville, he is the second-longest tenured coach in the SEC. His seven bowl bids rank fourth in the league over the last nine years, and tie for first among the schools in the Western Division.

Under Nutt, the Razorbacks are 47-15 at home, which ties for the second-most home victories in the SEC since 1998.
The 2006 SEC Coach of the Year has recorded 14 victories over ranked opponents, including the 27-10 win at No. 2 Auburn last year. He has 17 victories while the Hogs have been ranked.

Nutt, who also earned SEC Coach of the Year honors in 2001 and in 1998 was the Division I-A Coach of the Year by The Sporting News, has guided Arkansas to three final national rankings, including a final ranking of No. 15 in 2006.

Over the last nine years, Arkansas has gone 67-44, including 38-34 in SEC play.

In the previous eight years, prior to Nutt’s arrival, Arkansas was 38-51 with two bowl bids. In UA’s first six years in the Southeastern Conference (1992-97), the Razorbacks totaled 19 league victories.

Since then, Nutt has led the Hogs to four nine-win seasons, including a 10-4 mark in 2006, and SEC Western Division championships in 1998, 2002 and 2006. The Razorbacks have earned trips to the Citrus (1999), Cotton (2000 & 2002), Las Vegas (2000), Music City (2002), Independence (2003) and Capital One (2006) bowls.

Nutt and his staff have produced 12 All-America selections, 52 All-SEC selections, a Doak Walker Award winner (Darren McFadden, 2006) a Heisman Trophy runner-up (McFadden, 2006), a finalist for the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award (Shawn Andrews, 2003), and a finalist for the Rimington Trophy (Jonathan Luigs, 2006).

Arkansas has had 70 games televised since 1998, an average of almost eight per season. UA has also averaged more than one All-American, more than seven All-SEC selections and more than seven victories per season.