Nutt Speaks to Media on Assistants
Houston Nutt met with several members of the football staff who were brought to Ole Miss by Ed Orgeron today about the possibility of remaining on staff to coach under the new Nutt administration. It appears that as of now, none of those coaches will remain for the 2008 year. However there is still a possibility they can be brought back, if some of Nutt's current Arkansas staff does not decide to follow him to Oxford.
It is my understanding Houston Nutt told the Ole Miss coaches he will be giving his current staff at Arkansas the first chance to be on his staff at Ole Miss. Nutt says he is remaining loyal to the staff that has been with him for quite some time. Five of the current Arkansas coaches have committed to come to Ole Miss to coach for Nutt. The remaining few have not decided yet. I figured that over the next two weeks the staff will get narrowed down.
There is a segment in the Ole Miss fan base who really want Hugh Freeze to remain on staff for various reasons. Some think he is the key to recruits, others think he is a wizard at drawing up plays. I have expressed before I thought Hugh would be a good coach as he develops over the years, and I think it would be great if he stayed on staff.
However I am of the belief that Houston can hire whoever in the world he wants to hire to start his new career at Ole Miss. How can you blame the guy for wanting to wipe the plate clean? This is his team now and he is free to do whatever he wants to do with it, not what some booster from North Mississippi believes should be done. I would rather him cut them lose now than keep them for one year and find out their is a personality conflict and have to bring in a new guy next year, because this is exactly what happened with Orgeron and on one case with Cutcliffe.