Houston Nutt appears to be interested in the UConn job. The former Ole Miss coach reportedly called a Connecticut high school coach unsolicited, seeking information about the high school landscape within the state.
“Houston wanted to know about the landscape of football in Connecticut and what kind of players we had, the skill-level, and the hot-beds for talent,” said the coach who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “I guess he’s doing his research. I was taken by surprise a little bit. I’m not sure how he got my cell number.”
Nutt would be a “big name hire.” He would get people “interested in UConn football.” Though, it would be quite the culture shock. The furthest North and East Nutt has ever coached is Murray State in Kentucky. The school that hired a coach for his “character and integrity” in 2011 would be hiring oversigning’s poster boy.
UConn is not an A-list job, but there should be ample competition. There are other experienced candidates who could be in play, including Greg Schiano and Mario Cristobal. Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi is ready for a head coaching gig. UConn could also look at Towson coach (and former UConn OC) Rob Ambrose.
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