Mississippi’s Houston Nutt is #4 on CoachesHotSeat.com ranking after blowing a 17-0 lead to #9 Arkansas at home. In the customary post-game coach press conference, the hot seat got a little too uncomfortable, and the coach directed his ire at Neal McCready from RebelGrove.com.
Now, I don’t know Neal, and I sure don’t read Rebel Grove, but I imagine those journalists over there at RG aim a little higher than “the most ridiculous manner possible.” So Nutt’s reaction to a simple column about predictions for the SEC weekend schedule, was well, a little unnerving:
“They played real hard,” Nutt said. “They played harder than that 49-10, right, Neal? One on my players told me. I don’t read your stuff; they tell me what you say. One of my freshmen told me that Neal McCready wrote that we were going to get beat 49-10. It wasn’t no 49-10.”
“I’m trying to keep these guys in a real effort and attitude of don’t ever give up, don’t quit, fight, no matter what people say. No matter what they say because see, they don’t know. They’re not the expert. They don’t have to commit and go through what you go through. And so I was just really proud of how they played. They stayed really focused. The attitude has been awesome, but I wish we were standing here with a W. We were close but it didn’t happen.”
Even aside from the “No, no. My friend wants to know” shirk about reading his column, this is bizarre behavior from a confident coach. The video is pretty entertaining in its awkwardness, but what’s more entertaining is the absolute skewering McCready gives Nutt in the column below the video. I’m sure glad we aren’t on a ten game SEC losing streak, four is bad enough. It is clear that the seat is blazing hot in Oxford and with a game against Kentucky in two weeks, an implosion could not come at a better time for the Cats.