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Saturday, December 1, 2007
Several of Nutt's Arkansas assistants to join him at Ole Miss

Associated Press

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 Arkansas]."

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 mid-December.