Ole Miss may be getting closer to landing a successor to Houston Nutt.
UM chancellor Dan Jones and members of the school’s search committee spoke to the team Tuesday in a special meeting that was closed to the media and public.
Committee co-chairs Archie Manning and Mike Glenn reportedly provided background on the search process and took questions from the players.
“We are determining their next leader,” Manning said in a statement, “so we felt it was important that the players are as involved and as comfortable with the process as possible.”
Manning told the Commercial Appeal this week that he hopes to have a recommendation turned into Jones in the next 2½ weeks.
Most current speculation centers on Arkansas State head coach Hugh Freeze, a former Ole Miss assistant under Ed Orgeron, and Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. A source close to Smart refuted reports that he interviewed with the UM search committee this week, however.
Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth, who is believed to have interviewed for the job last weekend, told Rebels247.com this week that he is no longer a candidate.
Ole Miss made the decision on Nov. 7 to dismiss Nutt, who was 24-26 in four years in Oxford. His final game was the Rebels’ 31-3 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday.
“I hope we get a coach that can spread the ball around to all our talented players,” Ole Miss receiver Tobias Singleton said after Saturday’s loss. “I want an offensive-minded coach.”