In almost every college football game there are “connections” with coaches and players from one side having established a previous relationship with some coaches and players from the other side.
For the Ole Miss-Arkansas game, that list is quite lengthy. Here goes.
Former high school teammates include:
Arkansas S Elton Ford and Ole Miss DL Justin Smith at Chattahoochee HS in Alpharetta, Ga.;
Arkansas DL DeQuinta Jones and Ole Miss QB Randall Mackey at Bastrop HS, Bastrop, La.;
Arkansas LB Tyler Gilbson and OL Luke Charpentier and Ole Miss QB Evan Ingram at John Curtis Christian School in River Ridge, La.;
Arkansas C Travis Swanson and Ole Miss CB Kyle Horine at Kingwood HS in Kingwood, Texas;
Arkansas QB Jacoby Walker and Ole Miss WR Ja-Mes Logan at Westfield HS in Houston, Texas;
Arkansas K Zach Hocker and Ole Miss brothers Matt Hall and Mitch Hall at Russellville HS, Russellville, Ark.;
Arkansas players Seth Armbrust, Jake Bequette, Garrett Uekman and Eric Redmon and Ole Miss P Tyler Campbell at Catholic HS in Little Rock, Ark.;
Arkansas LS Nick Brewer and Ole Miss WR Philander Moore at James Bowie HS in Austin, Texas.
The coaching connections include:
Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, who coached at Arkansas from 1998-2007;
Assistant coaches James Shibest, Chris Vaughn and Mike Markuson, who coached with Nutt at Arkansas;
Ole Miss assistant AD for player development, Danny Nutt, who is Nutt’s brother and was running backs coach on Nutt’s staff at Arkansas from 1998-2006;
Ole Miss assistant AD for community relations Clifton Ealy, who was a coach and administrator with Nutt at Arkansas;
Ole Miss assistant AD for football operations, Mike Beaumont, strength coach Don Decker and video coordinator Andy Commer, who all worked with Nutt at Arkansas;
Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton and defensive tackles coach Bobby Allen were members of Nutt staffs at Arkansas.