Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt: Smuggy Much?

At his weekly media presser in Oxford, Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt reminded us that adversity is a great teacher.

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A teacher that reveals the true character of a coach in the midst of adversity.

Below are some excerpts and video of Nutt’s opening rant statement to the media on Monday.

“I just want to remind our fans of this, number one, it was just 50 years, it’s been 50 years since you won back-to-back January 1 games. 50! 50!

“I remember the day we got here. I remember the day we got here, guys. I didn’t see any life. I didn’t see any. I saw a lot of no-hope. And I don’t want that to come back on our guys now, and that’s what I’m feeling a little bit. I don’t want that. 

“And it’s easy to dwell on the negative. It’s easy to sit up on the 50-yard line, it’s easy to sit there and say Bad, bad, bad, bad, embarrassing. And, hey, I was the first one to say it after Saturday. Man, I don’t want to do that. If you think you’re hurting, you ought to just look at the tip of my itsy-bitsy little finger and then go all the way up through my body. I’m sick to my stomach.


“The Tennessee game, because we planned on winning that game. But look at this, though, if you think Florida’s happy? You think Georgia’s happy? There’s going to be a year, in this league, the greatest league in America, there’s going to be a year where things don’t go just right.

“But it isn’t all about gloom and doom. And that’s what’s difficult about the world that we’re in now because I’ve got 18 and 19-year-olds that actually believe everything that comes outside these walls.

“So, no more. I’m not going to allow my players to be gloom and doom. I’m going to let everybody else be gloom and doom. Remember, you’re part of something that was great. It wasn’t too long ago they’re patting you on the back about, Can you believe it was a half a century? Fifty years and you went back-to-back and won January 1s? And you’re putting up these Cotton Bowl deals?”

For the unedited transcript of Nutt’s remarks, go here

Probably in part because of Nutt’s defensive comments Monday, later in the week Ole Miss beat reporter Kyle Veazey of the JACKSON (MS) CLARION-LEDGER assessed Nutt’s performance in this third season in Oxford:

Of the 45 players who contribute the most to Ole Miss’ team this season, 22 were recruited exclusively by Nutt in his 2009 and 2010 classes.

Half of the players on the field now belong to Nutt, along with holdovers from the Ed Orgeron recruiting classes.

To be fair to Nutt, the players he recruited are all underclassmen, but Veazey doesn’t paint too rosy a picture for the current coach’s next recruiting class.

Nutt says recruiting remains solid, but it’s obvious that the class doesn’t have the momentum that it did in late July.

If it’s able to hold its current class of commitments, though, it’ll have the skill, at least according to the recruiting services.

What’s most telling to me about Nutt’s ability to motivate the team is this statement from his Monday rant:

“But it isn’t all about gloom and doom. And that’s what’s difficult about the world that we’re in now because I’ve got 18 and 19-year-olds that actually believe everything that comes outside these walls.

If that isn’t an (unwitting) indictment of Nutt’s inability to reach his team and get them to believe in his system, after three years, nothing is. (Three years! THREE!)

Am I the only one who thinks “pre-owned! low miles! factory-fresh!” when watching Nutt speak?