It was first reported this morning by former Oxford EAGLE staffer and current RebelGrove.com publisher Neal McCready that Nutt has been informed that he will not be the Rebels’ head football coach following the season.
According to McCready, Nutt has agreed to finish out the season as Ole Miss’ head coach.
After starting his tenure with back-to-back Cotton Bowl appearances, Nutt’s last two seasons took a turn for the worst. The Rebels posted a 4-8 season in 2010 and were just 2-7 this season. Making matters worse, Ole Miss’ 30-13 loss at Lexington, Ky., on Saturday pushed the Rebels’ conference losing streak to 12 games.
UPDATE (10:30 a.m.): Ole Miss officially announced there will be a 2 p.m. press conference at the Indoor Practice Facility featuring Chancellor Dan Jones and Athletics Director Pete Boone. Nutt will address the media at 3 p.m.
The press conference will be streamed live on OleMissSports.com.
UPDATE (4:26 p.m.): As was expected, Boone announced that the university would not retain the services of Nutt past this season. Boone also said he will be stepping down as the Ole Miss athletics director “no later than Dec. 2012.”
Jones officially announced that former Ole Miss All-American quarterback Archie Manning and FedEx Executive Vice President or Market Development and Corporate Communications Mike Glenn will head up a search committee for the next football coach. They will also assist the committee tasked with finding Boone’s replacement.
“We are most fortunate to have these men co-chair both of these committees. No one in America is more connected in the world of college athletics than Archie Manning and no one is more trusted in the Ole Miss family,” Jones said. “Mike Glenn is a highly respected figure in the world of sports, overseeing Fed Ex’s sports marketing activities, which includes sponsorship of the NFL, NASCAR and the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup. We’re very fortunate to have them head both searches, and I’m personally grateful for their willingness to take on this responsibility.”
Boone nor Jones specifically listed timetables.
For more on today’s press conference, what direction Ole Miss takes regarding the coaching and AD searches, and what the coaching change means for Ole Miss’ 2012 recruiting class, checkout Tuesday’s print edition of the EAGLE. (November 7, 2011)