Team preview: Mississippi

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Mississippi Rebels, exclusively on Insider.

Originally Published: July 8, 2008
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

He didn't like it, but in the back of his mind he knew it might be coming. Houston Nutt was mostly prepared for the end of his 10 years as Arkansas' head football coach. What he didn't expect was a job offer within a few hours after his tenure in Fayetteville was over. Before he could even get used to the idea of not being the Razorbacks' coach, Ole Miss called to offer him the chance to coach the Rebels and stay in the SEC West. For Nutt, it was more than just finding another job to replace the one he wanted. It was the right job at the right place at the right time.

"Tradition -- I've always had an awesome respect for the players and coaches who came through there," Nutt said. "I remember my dad talking about coach [Johnny] Vaught and Archie Manning, especially when they played Arkansas in the [1970] Sugar Bowl. And at Arkansas we played against Eli Manning and Deuce McAllister. So I've always admired a lot of those people.

"Once I was available, I got real excited about their interest. It was the chance to stay in the SEC and in the same basic geographic area as far as recruiting. The recruiting area may be even better because we're closer to Memphis, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia and Florida than we were in Arkansas. It just seemed like a really good fit. "They've won there before. They've won national titles and SEC titles. The facilities are excellent. We have a beautiful indoor facility with offices and locker rooms -- as good as I've been in.''