Well Georgia Southern has arrived. Houston Nutt’s name has surfaced in rumors regarding the head coaching position. I’m here to tell Eagle nation that we aren’t the first job he’s “been interested” in as Jason Kirk reports…
Houston Nutt is interested in making Hugh Freeze lose the Ole Miss job, which used to be Houston Nutt’s job. Houston Nutt succeeds in doing so, via the same method that once helped lead to his exit from the Arkansas job.
Houston Nutt is interested in the Tulane job.
Houston Nutt is interested in the UCF job.
Houston Nutt could be in play for Iowa State’s job, says SI.
Houston Nutt among those connected to the UTSA job, per the local paper.
Houston Nutt connected by multiple reports to the Tulsa job.
Houston Nutt reportedly interested in the UNLV job.
Houston Nutt would enjoy the commute to the SMU job.
Houston Nutt floated for the Buffalo job.
Houston Nutt entered by SB Nation in video game tournament for the Florida job.
Don’t feel special Eagles fans, Houston Nutt has been interested in seemingly every opening in FBS since getting fired by Ole Miss in 2011. He’s jonesing to get back into college football. Now that his lawsuit with the University of Mississippi is resolved, he’s truly off the leash.
But where did the rumors originate? Well on the infamous Georgia Southern Football Facebook group page, Eagles hall-of-famer Vonceilles Allen posted the following:
My analysis? Based on his history, yes he’s interested. Is the interest mutual? We shall see. Too early to tell. But I have no doubt that Houston Nutt’s representation has reached out to Georgia Southern, as many coaches have.
But, I must caveat this by saying: I’m sure Tom Kleinlein has been talking to agents of several coaches so far, because that’s how coaching searches work. A coach is not going to leave a practice in the middle of a season to go interview, that is what agents are for.
What about Houston Nutt? Would he be a good choice for the Eagles head job?
He’s a household name after stops at Arkansas and Ole Miss, he also coached at Boise State and Murray State, his lifetime record is 135-96. He is currently a studio analyst for CBS Sports.
Perhaps a dude used to recruiting in the fabled SEC West could haul in some serious talent that seems to be in abundance within a 500 mile radius of Statesboro, GA.
This is the dude that pioneered the Wildcat, so he’s not a stranger to “unconventional” running formations. Perhaps he could pull a Bob Davie and embrace the option? This is the man that plucked Gus Malzahn up from the high school ranks to be Arkansas’s offensive coordinator.
At the age of 60, maybe Georgia Southern could be his last stop a la Frank Solich, Bob Davie, Mike Price, etc.
He hasn’t coached since 2011. He’s now 60 and has been out of the game for six years. Can he still do it?
Did you miss the part about the lawsuit? Tom Kleinlein is in the midst of his legal troubles with two former assistant coaches. Does he want to hire Nutt, someone who just won a suit vs. Ole Miss? Seems a bit messy.
Bringing in a big name, former P5 coach to take over a G5 team has mixed results. For every Frank Solich, there is a Dennis Franchione. For every Bob Davie at UNM, there are the last few years of Bill Curry at Georgia State.
Nutt was 6-18 his last two seasons at Ole Miss.
There’s no guarantee that he would run the option. Nutt has his ways; he comes from the SEC. His
It seems he’s interested in every job under the sun. He could just use us as a stepping stone to a higher profile job. I prefer a guy that understands the unique culture that exists at Georgia Southern.
Our AD has developed a reputation for chasing off head coaches after the departures of Jeff Monken and Willie Fritz, however. There’s no telling what is going on inside the Dan J. Parrish Sr. Building on Georgia Southern’s campus. Very little has leaked out so far. Most of what is out there are straight up conjecture.
An experienced former SEC head coach like Houston Nutt could theoretically jump right in and start tomorrow if need be, which would be a plus. But is he a better choice than Mike Houston or Brian Bohannon? Not by a long shot.
Stay tuned as next we’ll look at Mike Ayers.