Quit is such an ugly word in competitive sports, but sometimes it happens.
It happened with Ole Miss last year in three games after Houston Nutt’s firing was announced, not at the beginning of games, necessarily, but as Emmanuel McCray told us, when things went south, and it didn’t take much, there was little response from the Rebels.
That was what Ole Miss cornerback Charles Sawyer says he saw from rival Mississippi State in the Rebels’ 41-24 win Saturday night. The Bulldogs’ body language sent a message.
This, of course, comes just one year after the Rebels’ 31-3 loss at MSU and takes me back to my idea that most things in athletics are cyclical. It may take a while for the cycle to complete. In this case it didn’t take that long.
Nor did it take that long between the 2008 and 2009 games. After Ole Miss won 45-0, so dominant, in Houston Nutt’s first year, I thought I was seeing a gap in the program that wouldn’t close soon. Then State won 41-29 the next year in Dan Mullen’s first season.
Also from the mother ship this morning …
Brad Locke calls the Egg Bowl a “debacle” from the MSU perspective and says Mullen’s first order of business in the off-season should be to take a long hard look at his staff.