HOOVER, Ala. — It’s nice to be loved again.
Last year at SEC Football Media Days, Houston Nutt reflected on a tormented offseason. Phone records made public. Affairs alleged. High-profile players leaving. Parents of high-profile players taking potshots. Coordinators quitting.
But that was Arkansas.
Thursday, Nutt stood on the same stage and talked about the re-energizing outpouring of support once he abandoned the Razorback soap opera in favor of Ole Miss.
Nutt was hired shortly after Mississippi dumped Ed Orgeron following a third consecutive miserable season.
“I’m proud that they wanted us in their family,’’ Nutt said. “They see something there.
“What’s more important, the players feel the same way. You can see that by their attitude.’’
Of the league’s 12 coaches, Nutt joins Steve Spurrier, Nick Saban and Tommy Tuberville in having switched from one league school to another. He did so after 10 years at Arkansas.
“I’m very excited to be the head coach at Ole Miss University,’’ he said, not quite getting the name right.