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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Honors time

You can tell we're getting to the end of the college football season - my mailbox is getting full with e-mails promoting Heisman Trophy and All-American candidates.

But this isn't about players. This is about coaches.

Someone asked the other day for a national coaching of the year candidate. One name quickly came to mind - Houston Nutt at Arkansas.

I'm not an Arkansas fan, but consider the job Nutt has done this season. His team was picked in the lower half of the SEC's Western Division to start the year. The Hogs got blown out by USC in the opener.

Nutt had the guts to change quarterbacks after the first game and go to Mitch Mustain, a true freshman. After winning eight straight games, he switched QBs again - this time to Casey Dick - because his team has a shot at winning the SEC title.

And oh by the way, he did all of this with people lining up a list of candidates to replace him. In my mind, he's the SEC coach of the year and the national coach of the year.


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