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I remember three short years ago, the Sunday after Ed Orgeron single-handedly pulled off one of the most moronic coaching jobs in moronic coaching history, receiving a text from a friend saying Orgeron he’d been canned. It was the most jubilant I’d been that entire fall. I’ll be watching twitter closely today. I need to feel that way again.
I know you’re out there people who think it’s crazy to fire a coach for one bad year. But this wasn’t just a bad year. It was a catastrophically bad year. The Rebels lost to Jacksonville State and Vanderbilt – at home. And by the way, the Commodores sucked so bad they fired their coach last night. Ole Miss also lost to Tennessee (winless in the SEC until OM) 52-14. Topping it with a home manhandling by MSU pushes me over the edge.
There can be no doubt that Mississippi State was the FAR superior team to Ole Miss. They beat the Rebels in every facet of the game – starting with the coaching. Dan Mullen issued a challenge to Nutt, called him out on the turf and then proceeded to kick his team’s butt all over Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. If that doesn’t sting I don’t know what does.
I know. I know. Nutt’s been to two Cotton Bowls. First time in 50 years. Blah, blah, blah.
What real Ole Miss fan was happy with the product on the field last year? The Rebels were preseason ranked in the Top 10 and finished nowhere close. If not for stumbling across Dexter McCluster in October, the Rebels would have never seen the inside of the new Cowboys Stadium. That wasn’t good coaching. That was fast running by McCluster. The season was a disappointment in every other way. Jevan Snead – a HEISMAN TROPHY candidate – tanked.
Arkansas fans call Nutt a quarterback killer. We said they were jealous and crazy.
In a twist of sheer irony, enter one Jeremiah Masoli – a legitimate Heisman contender who should be playing for the BCS Championship in January.
Jeremiah Masoli now leads the SEC in interceptions. Another talent wasted.
That’s two Heisman contenders in two years doing belly flops on the artificial turf of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Snead’s talent was questionable. Masoli’s wasn’t. It’s not irony folks. It’s the coach.
Maybe Snead wasn’t so crazy electing to enter the draft a year early after all. Maybe Kent Austin actually did had a good reason to move to upstate New York and disappear into the Ivy League.
Where is the promise for the future? Where? Show it to me. Please. Make me believe Nutt and Ole Miss will be better next year. I want to believe. I really do. Until you can make me believe I’ll be watching my phone, hoping for a text message.
Now I’ve got to go help my kids get ready for church before I get fired.