The Senatobia native, who led Arkansas State to a 10-2 record this past season as a first-year head coach, came back home Monday when he was officially introduced as Ole Miss’ 37th head coach at the Ford Center. (December 6, 2011, Page 6)
AROUND THE NET: Late last night several reports surfaced that former Ed Orgeron assistant and current Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze is expected to be offered — and accept — the Ole Miss gig. (more…) (December 4, 2011)
Houston Nutt’s final game as the head coach of the Ole Miss football program is arguably the most important to his legacy. Coaches, outgoing or not, are remembered by how they finish a season, a career and how they fare against the team’s biggest rival. While some Ole Miss fans still consider LSU the Rebels’ biggest rival, the annual end to a regular season campaign always comes against Mississippi State. (more…) (November 24, 2011, Page 8A)
This was a man who filled up the Gertrude Ford Performing Arts Center on campus to hold his introductory press conference with media and fans. This was a man who could have been elected mayor after leading the Rebels to back-to-back Cotton Bowl wins in his first two seasons. He was the choice of so many fans when he was hired. He was the man with head coaching experience that everyone was clamoring for. (more…) (November 8, 2011, Page 8)
All of the smoke surrounding the Ole Miss football program flamed up big-time Monday with the announcement that Houston Nutt will end his coaching career here this season. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the past and future of the program, which will soon have its fourth head coach in a decade, and writes that a long-term commitment is essential for success for the Rebels. (November 8, 2011, Page 4)
SPORTS EDITOR BLOG — Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt is turning to a familiar coach to help lead the Rebel offense and quarterbacks in the coming seasons. (more…) (January 10, 2011)
An opportunity to return to the coaching ranks at the Division I level for David Saunders has left a void in Ole Miss’ football operations staff today.
Saunders, who served as the administrative operations coordinator under Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, agreed to become the new cornerbacks coach/assistant recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette under coach Mark Hudspeth, who was hired to replace former coach Rickey Bustle earlier this month.
Saunders said he was first contacted by Hudspeth, someone he has known since the two coached at Nicholls State together in 1994, on Sunday and interviewed Wednesday for the position in Starkville. (December 30, 2010, Page 6A)
Ole Miss’ struggles on the gridiron this season have not been taken lightly by the players and coaching staff.
Why is that blatantly clear?
Well, in part because of head coach Houston Nutt’s opening statement that kicked off his weekly press conference on Monday.
During his nine-minute speech, Nutt focused on the state of the program over the last 50 years and where he thought it was headed. (November 16, 2010, Page 4B)
THE GODFREY SHOW – The five-star defensive tackle Jerrell Powe has traveled quite a path getting to where he is today, an impact player on the Rebel defense. Oxford Town sports columnist Steven Godfrey dissects Powe’s journey to stardom and explains why this season will be Powe’s to shine. (April 8, 2010, Page 10)