Coaches work around signing day limits

If it’s all the same to you, the man who lent his name to the Houston Nutt Rule wants it back. His name, that is; the rule, you can keep.

“I’d rather be known for winning the Cotton Bowl,” said Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, who actually has won the last two Cotton Bowls.

The so-called Houston Nutt Rule has nothing to do with winning Cotton Bowls. It applies to signing day, and it is the reason why Ole Miss did not sign 39 players this year, the number that it signed in 2009.

The Houston Nutt Rule, adopted by the Southeastern Conference this year and headed for your neighborhood NCAA Manual in the fall, maintains that no member school may sign more than 28 players between signing day and May 31.