Ole Miss hires former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt

By Parrish Alford
Daily Journal

OXFORD – The University of Mississippi has confirmed the hiring of Houston Nutt as football coach, first reported by the Daily Journal in today’s print edition.

In talks with Ole Miss through the day, Nutt resigned the same position at Arkansas Monday evening.

The school has scheduled a press conference for noon Wednesday to introduce Nutt, its 36th head coach.

Nutt replaces Ed Orgeron, who went 10-25 overall and 3-21 in SEC games in three seasons.

Nutt has agreed to a five-year deal with $9.5 million – $1.9 million a year – and is only the third coach hired by Ole Miss who has previous head coach experience at the collegiate level since the retirement of legendary coach John Vaught.

Orgeron’s base salary was $900,000.

At Arkansas Nutt was 75-48 in 10 seasons. He won or shared the SEC Western Division title three times and twice reached the championship game in Atlanta. He went 7-3 against Ole Miss, winning six of the last seven meetings by an average margin of 22.8 points. Arkansas defeated Ole Miss 44-8 in Oxford on Oct. 20.

Read more in Wednesday's Daily Journal.