Hump day nourishment:
- This is Chantastic: “Were they to finish with wins against Duke, Georgia and their bowl opponent, the Jackets would finish 10-3 and become just the fourth Tech team to win 10 games since 1956.”
- And, hey, Kentucky’s got something to play for against Georgia, too – either keeping the bowl streak alive or getting Joker Phillips a really nice dinner.
- Now he gets tough with his players.
- This sounds like something you might get if you crossed Colorado football with The Godfather.
- Andy Staples: “If this were a true Power Ranking — as in who is playing the best right now — Georgia would be in the top 10.”
- Contrary to popular belief, there is a way for three SEC teams to play in BCS games. It sure is convoluted, though.
- Matt Hayes isn’t worried about being banished to Seat 37F: “Muschamp won’t publicly say it, but Meyer and the previous staff were obsessed with recruiting four- and five-star players instead of true, meat and potatoes evaluation. The Gators are loaded with guys who played in high school all-star games and announced where they were taking their talents—but have few true football players.”
- For conference games, Oregon’s student section is capped at less than one-fourth of the student body. That makes for one tough ticket.
- Georgia shut down a fake Grantham Twitter account.
Ole Miss has canned Houston Nutt and Pete Boone… sort of.
Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt is out and athletic director Pete Boone will step down by December of 2012, Chancellor Dan Jones announced today.
Nutt, who is making $2.76 million this year, will coach the final three games of this season — Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech, Nov. 19 against LSU and Nov. 26 at Mississippi State. Nutt, 54, is in the second year of a four-year contract and will be paid $6 million over the next five years in severance, said Boone.
So Boone is sticking around for another year, but won’t be involved in the process of selecting the Nuttster’s replacement. That decision, instead, will fall on the collective shoulders of a committee.
… Former Ole Miss football star Archie Manning and FedEx executive vide president Mike Glenn will co-chair a search committee for hiring replacements for Nutt and Boone.
And why not? That approach served the school so well the last time it went that way, right?
There’s a reason Ole Miss is the only school in the SEC West that’s never reached the SECCG.
Shorter Houston Nutt: The sacred relationship between me and a committed recruit is one that should only be broken by the head coach.
Seriously, that is one off-the-wall
interview speech. “I want to keep my job, y’all.”?
Saturday is shaping up not just as the Hot Seat Bowl (sorry), but as a battle of the walking wounded.
In addition to the losses it’s already suffered, Georgia may be facing injury problems at the position we dreaded the most in the preseason, plus Marlon Brown looks shaky. And Ole Miss has guys hurting all over the place.
Not that that’s stopped the Nuttster from dipping into the lexicon of mixed sport metaphors to describe his team’s preparation this week.
Nutt said the team went “fastball on fastball” a lot on Wednesday to get used to the speed of Georgia.
He sounds like a poor man’s Les Miles there.
By the way, while we’re on the subject of Georgia’s offensive line, you might want to take a look at this analysis of its early season play via UGASports.com. It strikes me as a bit rosy, but that may be because I’m still having trouble getting images of its play against Boise State out of my head.
Boy, the clichés about the head coaches will be coming hot and heavy for this week’s Georgia-Ole Miss game. All hot seat, all the time. Punditry is so creative, y’all!
If there’s a difference between the two, it’s that Mark Richt is riding a small amount of momentum into the game, so he talks about his Dawgs getting better. Meanwhile the debacle in Nashville has left the Nuttster channeling his inner Ben Franklin. He’s measuring rope.
“I know a lot of (our players) are down,” Nutt said. “They still have a tremendous amount of hope. They believe in this team. They’ll bounce back.
“What I’ve done is the past is really just hunker down with your coaches, your players. You hang on the rope together. You tie a knot on the rope together and hang on it together and believe in it that there will be some good things to happen to us.”
Let’s hope they’re both singing the same tunes late Saturday afternoon.
UPDATE: I think the Nuttster takes the early hot seat lead. They’re already running full page ads in Mississippi.
The Miami Sun-Sentinel channels its inner Pork Rind Jimmy, does a little judicious Googling, and comes up with this choice tidbit from a 2007 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette piece on the best of Houston Nutt’s cellphone conversations:
… On Dec. 7, Nutt had a 30-minute call with prominent Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. When he hung up, Nutt called his agent, Jimmy Sexton of Memphis, and then called Shapiro back.
Nutt also called Miami senior athletic director Tony Hernandez four times that day.
There are so many layers of wow here I hardly know where to begin. Nevin Shapiro had the juice to be part of the evaluation process for the new Miami head coach? And Houston Nutt knew that? And Jimmy Sexton added something that caused Nutt to call Shapiro again?
The only thing that would have made this more awesome would be if Miami had gone ahead and hired Nutt. Can you imagine the shitstorm the Nuttster would be dealing with today had that happened?