Found November 21, 2011 on Friends of the Program:

Houston Dale…cheffin’ up embarrassment with a side of unintelligible explanations

To infer that Houston Nutt has given up would be an insult to the exact amount of effort that one would need to exert to actually signal an out-right surrender.  Thankfully, to maintain a now 13 game SEC losing streak really only takes an amount of energy somewhere between actually being dead and the moment enough synapses fire off in your then dead brain to actually be legitimately considered a zombie.  The Walking Dead version of Houston Nutt did at least physically appear on the sidelines on Saturday, and since I left at halftime (ie. ‘Bad rebel’) I can only speculate that he stuck around to see Les Miles take a knee 4 times and turn the ball over on downs to Ole Miss…with 5 minutes to go.

Everybody is either pointing to this as a nice bit of sportsmanship on Miles’ part or evidence of actual rock bottom for the Ole Miss football program…or both.  I refuse to believe either.  I firmly believe this was Les’ way of giving Houston the full swift kick in the $6 million buy out-padded trousers that he so richly deserved.  You see, not so long ago (2009), it was Nutt who was running the ball all the way to the goal line only to kneel and run the clock out against a then struggling LSU team.  At the time is was not only seen as “sporting”, as it were, but also a bit of an embarrassment to Miles, who was on a bit of a warm seat at the time) by having a rival kneel out the clock in his team’s stadium.  I firmly believe that this was payback for that.  you can’t convince me otherwise, and good on Les for doing it.  Houston deserved it.

And now, your utterly depressing Houston Nutt press conference quote of the week:

“I just didn’t want to go out like this, not here in Vaught-Hemingway.  There’s been too many good ones. We beat LSU right here, we beat Tennessee here, we beat Arkansas, we beat Mississippi State here. We won some good games here. Didn’t want to go out that way, but knew we needed to play perfect.”


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