OXFORD — Nearly nine months ago, when Houston Nutt was hired to lead the Ole Miss football team, he looked around and saw academic issues plaguing nearly every aspect of the program.
Dozens of current players had struggled academically in the first semester. The ongoing eligibility saga of Jerrell Powe hung like an annoying cloud. Several of the 2008 verbal commitments were in danger of not qualifying.
Then and there, Nutt said those issues would not continue under his watch, even if he had to shake up the recruiting class and boot players out of the program. Nine months later, he has mostly delivered on those promises.