BLOG — Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is still the team’s head coach. Following Ole Miss’ 30-13 loss at Kentucky, rumors of Nutt being fired spread around town and on various fan message boards. Nutt said Sunday during his weekly teleconference he had not met with Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone since the loss and no meeting to talk about his future had been scheduled.Nutt said he was planning to address the rumors about his future with the team before today’s practice.
“I probably will because I’ve gotten a couple of texts from them. They’re probably hearing what you’re hearing, but nobody has met, nobody has called. I’m going to put all (the rumors) to rest here in about an hour,” Nutt said.
Nutt said the plane ride home from Kentucky was real quiet, as expected.
“They are disappointed and hurt,” Nutt said. “They are just getting over here for weights. I won’t see them until 4:30.”
Nutt then said he didn’t know if this was a developing situation.
“I’m just thinking about one thing, Louisiana Tech,” Nutt said.
Nutt did talk about some of the 11 penalties that hurt the Rebels in the loss. He said he didn’t agree with the call that went against wide receiver Donte Moncrief early in the game that wiped out a touchdown, but seemed satisfied with the holding calls that thwarted a late drive in the fourth quarter.
“I thought it was really a poor call on that first touchdown. It happens throughout the year where the receiver and db are engaged. It wasn’t a major push-off at all. It was a really good throw, good catch. The thing that stood out the most was when we were driving, it’s 16-13, and we overcome an illegal procedure and then overcome a holding and we through the ball to (Nick) Brassell and have a first down on the 31 and then E.J. Epperson gets called for a hold,” Nutt said. “That was a killer. You just can’t do that. You can’t make those kind of mistakes. We’re not good enough to overcome those kinds of mistakes. That’s just a bad, bad penalty at a very bad time. Those to me where the penalties that were crucial at a very bad time where we could go ahead and win the game or at least tie it up and go to overtime. I really thought we were going to win the game when we were moving the ball there. We are not a team that can constantly keep shooting ourselves in the foot and overcome it.” (November 6, 2011)