Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt to resign after season

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OXFORD, Miss. — After more than a year without a Southeastern Conference victory, Mississippi coach Houston Nutt will resign.

The fourth-year Rebels’ coach will lead the team for the remainder of the season, athletic director Pete Boone said at a press conference Monday. Boone also announced that he will step down as athletic director by the end of 2012.

The Rebels have lost 12 consecutive Southeastern Conference games, including Saturday’s 30-13 loss to Kentucky. Mississippi is 2-7 this year, including 0-6 in the SEC. Nutt is 24-23 in his four years in Oxford.

Nutt said he wasn’t surprised by the decision.

“The thing about the SEC that I know,” said Nutt, 54. “They pay you to win.”

He is making approximately $2.7 million this season. Boone said the coach has a $6 million buyout clause in his contract. If no one on Nutt’s staff is retained by the next coach, the total buyout will be about $8 million.

“I’m grateful to coach Nutt for his commitment to our university and his commitment to our football program,” Ole Miss Chancellor Dr. Dan Jones said. “I know we’re all disappointed in the lack of success over the last two years.”

FLORIDA: Quarterback John Brantley will return to practice today and should be ready to play at No. 15 South Carolina.

Coach Will Muschamp says Brantley will sit out practice Monday, but should be fine for Saturday’s game against the Gamecocks.

Brantley injured his right arm late against Vanderbilt. He took a hit between his shoulder and elbow in the fourth quarter and temporarily lost feeling in his throwing hand.

BIG 12: University of Oklahoma President David Boren said Monday the Big 12 Conference is settled with 10 teams through the 2012 football season, but didn’t rule out the possibility that two more teams could be added in 2013.

“Definitely, I think we have the opportunity to back to 12, if we want to,” Boren told The Associated Press.

With the departure of Missouri and Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference and the addition of Texas Christian and West Virginia to the Big 12, Boren said game schedules and media contracts are set for 2012 with ten teams.

BIG EAST: The conference has had discussions with Brigham Young about giving up its football independence and joining the rebuilding conference.

Cougars football coach Bronco Mendenhall said the Big East approached the school about joining the league.

“There is a push and there are conversations that are in place for the Big East to convince or to have BYU join that conference,” BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said.

TEXAS A&M: Running back Christine Michael will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.


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