OXFORD – Ole Miss athletics director Pete Boone on Monday denied a newspaper report that said Rebels football coach Houston Nutt had discussed the vacancy at Kansas with KU officials.
A Kansas City Star story on its Web site earlier Monday said that Nutt and KU athletics director Lew Perkins have talked about the job, which came open last week when the school fired coach Mark Mangino.
The story also cited an Arkansas radio station that reported interest in the job on Nutt’s part.
Nutt was on the road recruiting Monday and did not return a text message seeking comment.
Regarding the report, in a text message response Boone, who was also out of town said, “There’s nothing to it” and that he’s not been contacted about Nutt by anyone representing Kansas.
Nutt, 52, is 17-8 overall, 9-7 in the SEC in two seasons at Ole Miss. In his 17th season as a head coach, Nutt is 128-79 overall, 51-45 in the SEC. He is a three-time SEC coach of the year, including last season when he led Ole Miss to a 9-4 finish and a No. 14 final ranking.
The Rebels went 4-4 in the SEC this season, 8-4 overall, and are preparing for a second consecutive Cotton Bowl appearance.
Nutt received a raise and a contract extension at the end of last season. At Ole Miss Nutt has a base salary of $2.5 million plus incentives.
The Kansas City Star reported Mangino’s salary at $2.3 million.
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