Saturday, December 1, 2007
Several of Nutt's Arkansas assistants to join him at Ole Miss
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Houston Nutt has reached back into
Arkansas to find coaches to help him in his new job at Mississippi.
Nutt told The Morning News of Springdale that three of his
longtime assistants -- offensive line coach Mike Markuson, tight
ends coach James Shibest and safeties coach Chris Vaughn -- will
join him at Ole Miss.
The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss., reports that at least two
others -- offensive coordinator David Lee and defensive line coach
Tracy Rocker -- also will follow him to Oxford next season.
Nutt said every one of his Arkansas assistants will continue to
coach the Razorbacks through the bowl game.
"They're going to recruit," Nutt told The Morning News.
"They'll definitely coach the bowl game. They're going to take
this week and help me get organized and then come right back [to
The arrangement means some of the assistants will be working for
both the Razorbacks and Ole Miss at the same time. Marvin Caston,
Arkansas' compliance director, said the athletic department checked
with the Southeastern Conference to make sure it wasn't violating
NCAA rules with the arrangement.
Outgoing athletic director Frank Broyles said Arkansas and Ole
Miss will operate under those guidelines as long as neither has
more than nine assistants on staff.
"What we don't want Houston to do is take three or four coaches
and not let them coach in the bowl game," Broyles said. "We need
them in the bowl game. So we're willing to let them go over and
work just for the Mississippi players that have committed."
Broyles said Arkansas interim coach Reggie Herring told him the
three assistants will miss two bowl practices while recruiting for
Ole Miss next week. They will return to their regular coaching
duties with the Razorbacks when bowl preparation picks up in