Thursday, January 10, 2008

Nutt Makes More Changes to Staff

Houston Nutt made some more changes to the Ole Miss staff today, adding some administrative staff to the new administration. The only thing left it appears is to find an offensive coordinator. Some names being thrown around are:

Hugh Freeze - Former Ole Miss receivers coach
Al Borges - Former Auburn offensive coordinator
Kent Austin - Current CFL Coach
Dave Rader - Former Alabama Offensive coordinator.

A few other names have been thrown around also. I do not have a clue who Nutt will hire, but I sure hope it is not Dave Rader. I think all the Bama fans would have a field day with the jokes about Rader. I think Borges or Austin will be a good fit. Some will probably disagree with Borges. Austin, the former Ole Miss player, has had alot of success in the CFL and would bring alot of energy to the program and would more than likely please some fans.

(UMAA)OXFORD, Miss. – The Nix brothers will not be the only siblings on the Ole Miss football staff, as head coach Houston Nutt announced here Thursday that his brother Danny Nutt will be a part of the Rebel staff, along with Clifton Ealy, Mike Beaumont and Don Decker.

Danny Nutt will serve as Assistant Athletics Director for Player Development, Ealy will be Assistant A.D. for Community Relations, and Beaumont is Assistant A.D. for Football Operations. Decker becomes Ole Miss Head Football Strength Coach. All appointments are pending approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of Higher Learning.

A former Arkansas quarterback, Danny Nutt has assisted his oldest brother for 13 years since joining his staff at Murray State for the 1994 season and the Arkansas staff on Dec. 11, 1997. He spent nine seasons as the Razorbacks’ running backs coach before stepping down prior to the 2007 season with health concerns.

During Nutt’s tenure, Arkansas backs posted five 1,000-yard rushing seasons including 1,647 yards from Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and 1,168 yards from first-team All-SEC selection Felix Jones in 2006. In 2002, Arkansas’ running backs carried the ball a remarkable 467 times for over 2,451 yards in a span of 13 games without suffering a lost fumble.

Ealy was Arkansas’ director of high school relations for the last two seasons, serving as the program’s liaison with high school and junior college coaches around the state and country. He also organized the annual high school coaches’ clinic and the Houston Nutt Football Camp.

Ealy spent 18 years on the sidelines coaching primarily on the defensive side of the ball in stops at Arkansas, Delta State, Central Arkansas, Boise State and in the high school ranks.

A graduate of Central Arkansas and Arkansas State, Beaumont also comes to Ole Miss from Arkansas, where he spent the past year as an academic counselor for men’s athletics, working primarily with football.

Prior to moving to Fayetteville, Beaumont was a football and baseball coach at Lincoln High School (Ark.) and also served as assistant athletic director in addition to teaching. As the head baseball coach, he led his team to the conference championship in 2004 and was named conference Coach of the Year. The defensive coordinator on the high school football staff, he was the head coach of the junior high squad and guided Lincoln to the 2005 conference title.

Before heading to Oxford, Decker was at Arkansas for 15 seasons, including the last 10 as the head strength and conditioning coach. He came to Fayetteville from Kent State where he was head strength coach for football during the 1991 and 1992 seasons.

A 1992 graduate of Evangel College, Decker earned the designation of master level strength coach in 2004 by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. He is one of just 43 strength and conditioning coaches in the world to earn that honor.