Not sure if everyone has seen the posting on the team page under the Thread by rebelallen about the Houston Nutt and Clemson rumors. Below are a few of my posts. I'd like to hear everyone's thoughts on Ole Miss' brand, Pete Boone and the adminstration, and why Ole Miss isn't considered a premier place to be.
The only way Ole Miss could overcome Houston Nutt leaving is if another high profile coach stepped in. It'd have to be someone like Mike Leach that would turn Jevan Snead into a QB that put up Ty Detmer numbers.
But the likelihood of that happening is slim. The administration is not fully committed to winning in my opinion. They want to be a winner and talk the talk but walking the walk is not completely there yet. Yes paying Andy Kennedy and Nutt well is a step. Keeping Bianco from taking the LSU job is a step. The huge video board and new baseball stadium is a step. But we do not compare with the elite SEC athletic programs yet.
Boone and the administration need to step up an ensure Ole Miss is a desired place for top athletes to compete. We are in the best conference in the nation already. The ball is in our court.
There is no excuse at this point to struggle or to have coaches jump ship for "better" jobs. Ole Miss should be a great job and a geat place to play. Oxford is a great college town, the coeds are the hottest in the nation, it's the SEC conference, what the hell else is there to say?
The marketing of the Ole Miss brand sucks too. If you go online for any Rebel merchandise and compare it to the selection of North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, etc it doesn't compare.
If you talk to anyone outside Mississippi the Rebels are just "Ole Miss" as opposed to what we could be. The brand doesn't have the national recoginition it should. For Nutt to even consider leaving the SEC and Ole Miss for the ACC and Clemson is absurd. If it happens Pete Boone needs to be held 100% accountable and fired.
It is not as much about Houston Nutt as much as it is about the desirability to be at Ole Miss. Ole Miss should be a place where coaches and players want to be because of the tradition, atmosphere, SEC, etc. However, the program is lacking that luster and I place that responsibility soley of Pete Bafoone (love that name by the way Red_Riot). Oxford, Ole Miss and the state of Mississippi has everything that an Alabama or LSU has to offer except the willingness by the adminstration to support a championship program.