From Mildly Amusing to More Than Just A Little Awkward

Houston Nutt
Houston Nutt

I was out and about yesterday and missed this exchange at Houston Nutt’s post-game news conference yesterday. Geoff Calkins of the Memphis Commercial Appeal recaps it in his column today:

After his 10th straight SEC loss, after another crushing afternoon of football, Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt did the natural thing.

He went after a reporter.

“Played harder than that 49-10, right, Neal?” he said.

Most of us at the press conference were totally lost at this point. Neal McCready covers Ole Miss for the local Rivals site. He was sitting right there in the front row. But 49-10? What was that about?

“I don’t read your stuff, they tell me what you say,” said Nutt, looking at McCready. “One of my freshmen told me that Neal McCready wrote that we’d get beat 49-10.”

Pause.

“Wasn’t no 49-10.”

McCready himself has video of the exchange in his column today. His bottom line retort:

This Thursday, I picked Arkansas to win, 49-10. Obviously, I missed. It happens. There’s no personal vendetta. It’s a picks column, for goodness sake.

Every knows that when the going gets tough, the tough go after the media. That’s nothing new.

At any rate, it’s 10 and counting for Houston at Ole Miss. This whole season has gone from mildly amusing to more than just a little awkward.