Ole Miss Hires Proven Winner in Former Rival Nutt

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - From one Southeastern Conference team to another, Houston Nutt was out of a job for about six hours.

Nutt agreed to a contract with Mississippi late last night, just hours after he announced his resignation at Arkansas. The hiring was confirmed by a person close to the program who didn't want to be identified because the announcement had not yet been made.

Ole Miss was searching for a proven winner after firing coach Ed Orgeron Saturday. The Rebels finished winless in the Southeastern Conference for the first time since 1982 and appeared to take a step backward after three years under the former Southern Cal assistant.

Nutt neatly fits the description of the coach Ole Miss was looking for. He is 111-70 in 15 years as a head coach, compiling a 111-70 record at Arkansas, Boise State and Murray State.

More importantly, he's been a winner in the SEC. He was 42-38 in conference with one of his biggest wins coming Friday when the Razorbacks beat Number 1 LSU 50-48 triple-overtime win.

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