Can Houston Nutt Avoid Cracking Under Pressure of Pre-Season Expectations?

Posted by Richard Cotner on July-26-2009 Add Comments

I just can't think about Houston Nutt without thinking of an old episode of the Andy Griffith Show.

The episode that comes to mind is the one in which Barney's cousin Virgil comes to Mayberry and just can't seem to do anything right while people are watching. When left alone, Virgil is a master craftsman.

The same seems to be true for the head football coach of the Ole Miss Rebels.

Coach Nutt has always performed better when Andy and Barney, or you and I for that matter, aren't looking over his shoulder. He seems to fit better into the coach 'em up role than the keep 'em on top role.

In '07, expectations were high. Those initial expectations dropped when coach Nutt's No. 21 ranked Razorbacks encountered an ea...

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