Oxford, MS – Ole Miss has scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon, at which time it is expected the school will announce that Houston Nutt will not return as head football coach next year.
According to RebelGrove.com, Nutt has been told he will not be retained after coaching Ole Miss for the final three games of what is turning into a second straight losing season.
The Rebels were just 4-8 last year and are just 2-7 this season, including 0-6 in the SEC. The low point may have come this past Saturday at Kentucky when Ole Miss blew a 13-10 lead in the fourth quarter and watched the Wildcats score 20 unanswered points in a 30-13 decision.
Ole Miss has lost a school-record 12 straight SEC games.
The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson reports that Nutt has a contract through 2014 and would receive a $6 million buyout.
Nutt has been at the helm since November 28, 2007 and immediately turned the program around. The Rebels were 3-8 in 2007 and coming off a fourth straight losing season, then went 9-4 in 2008 with a win over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. Nutt was honored as the SEC's top coach that season.
The Rebels were 9-4 again in 2009 with another Cotton Bowl victory, this one against Oklahoma State, before last year's struggle.
Nutt took over at Ole Miss shortly after resigning at Arkansas, where he compiled a record of 75-48 over 10 seasons. He also spent four years at Murray State and one season at Boise State, and has posted an overall record of 135-93 in 19 seasons.