By Parrish Alford/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt had no comment on a report over the weekend that linked him – not in any way that ran afoul of NCAA regulations – with former Miami booster and whistle-blower Nevin Shapiro.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported late Sunday that Shapiro discussed with Nutt the possibility of coaching the Hurricanes after Larry Coker had been let go.
Perusing Nutt’s cell phone records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette through the Freedom of Information Act in 2006, the Sun-Sentinel found that Nutt had contact with both Shapiro and Miami assistant athletics director Tony Hernandez on Dec. 7, 2006.
The records show Nutt called Shapiro in the morning on that day, a call lasting 30 minutes. Nutt hung up and called his agent, Jimmy Sexton, before contacting Shapiro later that day.
Nutt also called Hernandez four times on that day.
Ultimately, Randy Shannon, a Hurricanes assistant under Coker, was named head coach.