Ole Miss Makes It Official: Houston Nutt a Rebel

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has been introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Mississippi.

Nutt says he likes the tradition at Ole Miss and that he believes he can build a winning program. He says he wants to win an outright SEC championship.

Nutt also says he is in the process of hiring staff. He says he has "a few that are coming with me." But Nutt didn't reveal any names.


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - One day, Houston Nutt was leaving Arkansas. The next, he was heading to Mississippi.

Ole Miss will introduce Nutt as its new coach today, ending a whirlwind hiring that began when he resigned at Arkansas yesterday and agreed to become the Rebels' coach hours later. Mississippi was without a coach for less than three days. Athletic director Pete Boone fired Ed Orgeron on Saturday after three losing seasons.

Nutt agreed to a contract around 10 p.m. Monday night, less than four hours after announcing he was resigning. He led Arkansas to an 8-4 record and a likely Cotton Bowl berth while the Rebels stumbled to a 3-9 finish under Orgeron and were winless in the SEC for the first time since 1982.

Nutt will be introduced at a news conference on campus today in Oxford, ending a frenetic 48 hours for the school and its new coach. Nutt agreed to a four-year contract that will pay him $1.7 million to start and increase by $100,000 each year.  He has an option for three more seasons as well, with the opportunity to earn more money with incentives.

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