Some national Houston Nutt links this morning and some names to watch as the AD and coach searches gear up …
From ESPN: Time for change at Ole Miss
From CBS: Nutt out at Ole Miss, now what?
Names to Watch
Possible candidates for the next athletics director at Ole Miss. Here are some with Ole Miss ties.
Brad Teague: Jackson native, worked previously in the Loyalty Foundation at Ole Miss, has been successful AD and Delta State and currently at Central Arkansas. Between the two schools he has nine years AD experience.
John Hartwell: Presently carries the title of senior executive associate athletics director. Football scheduling is among many management duties. Also serves as COO for the UMAA Foundation.
Walker Jones: Ole Miss football player in the late 90s. Staff member from 2001-2008 leaving while serving as assistant athletics director for internal affairs. Presently director of sports marketing for Under Armour.
Danny White: Senior associate athletics director and executive director UMAA Foundation. Credited for restructuring “Vaught Society,” which encompasses gifts of more than $5,000 annually. Previously worked in athletics at Ohio University and Fresno State. Father, Kevin White, is currently athletics director at Duke.
Names to Watch
Possible candidates for the next football coach at Ole Miss.
Kirby Smart: Defensive coordinator for Alabama coach Nick Saban since 2007. Highly regarded for his defensive intellect and energetic recruiting. Former Georgia player.
Gus Malzahn: Auburn offensive coordinator. Successful at Auburn and in a two-year stop as assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator a Tulsa. He left Arkansas in 2006, a messy break-up with Houston Nutt after one season.
Kevin Sumlin: Houston head coach is known for his explosive offense. Currently has a Heisman-level quarterback at the wheel in Case Keenum. Sumlin is 26-16 as Cougars’ head coach since 2008.
Mike Leach: Former Texas Tech coach went 84-43 and shared a Big 12 South title in Lubbock. Wide open offensive coach also known for his eccentricity.
Tommy Tuberville: Replaced Leach at Texas Tech coach and is 13-9 through two seasons. Gained national attention for Red Raiders’ upset of No. 1 Oklahoma earlier this year but followed that up by losing big to Iowa State. Followed interim Ole Miss coach Joe Lee Dunn and left for Auburn following the 1998 season.