Comments from Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt on proposed changes to junior college football that would do away with recruiting districts and other things ...
“I haven't studied it, but the one thing I know about Mississippi that I've always been impressed with, wherever I've been when I got to Mississippi, is how good Mississippi junior college football players are, how well they're coached, what immediate needs that so many schools have come to Mississippi.
"Boy I hate to see that change. I don't know everything. It's just when you start taking away the districts. … What I really worry about now are the high school kids that would receive one call from a junior college and then several calls from an SEC or Division 1 schools, now that same young man's going to have to take 16, 17, 25 or 35 calls from junior colleges plus Division 1. That parts a real headache. Then a lot of junior college coaches who are teaching class when I go to their campuses, now they're going to have to hurry and get out of class, go get in a car and spend more money on recruiting. Recruiting … that's a lot of budget now that I don't think they're prepared for … gasoline, food, hotels. Going to get kids that you would normally get in your district, now you've got to go out.
"I don' t know the presidents' reasons, I haven't studied it, but just from what I do know it kind of concerns me. I'm an outsider looking in, but as a college coach I love our Mississippi junior college system because of what they've done for us … Patrick Trahan, guys like Randall Mackey. There have been a lot that we've gotten … Wayne Dorsey, Damien Jackson. I don't know how that's going to work.”