Lee Returns

Ole Miss Coach Houston Nutt is not the only one excited about reuniting with an old friend on the Rebel coaching staff. New OC David Lee is thrilled as well. Read about it inside.

David Lee, the newly-named Ole Miss offensive coordinator, couldn't sleep Monday night.

Word had gotten out that he would - again - be on the staff with Houston Nutt, this time at Ole Miss, where Lee had coached from 1978-82 with then head coach Steve Sloan.

"It's kind of the best of both worlds. I have great memories of my time at Ole Miss and great memories of being with Houston at Arkansas," said Lee, from his home in Miami late Monday night. "I can't sleep. This is a fantastic opportunity, on both counts.

"Houston is a great friend and a tremendous coach. I'm honored to be back on his staff."

David Lee

Compatability is one of the main reasons Lee wanted to team up with Nutt again.

Lee was Nutt's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas in 2007, when the Razorbacks averaged 38.8 points per game and 457.4 yards.

"To be in that room with Houston coming up with the best plans to put our players in postion to win again is thrilling to me. To be doing it at Ole Miss makes it that much better," David continued.

"In our profession, it's so important to be with people you respect and get along with, people you can trust and people you believe in. I believe in Houston Nutt and the program he's building at Ole Miss. I believe in Ole Miss. I have seen first-hand what the football program there can be in the best conference in the country."

To enhance that compatability aspect, Lee will also be rejoined with Rebel Offensive Line Coach Mike Markuson.

"Mike is one of the best in the business. It takes a special breed of coach to be an offensive line coach. You have to be tough, but you also have to care for your players. Mike meshes both those qualities as well as anyone," said Lee. "I feel we will be on the same page immediately.

"I fully expect us to pick up right where we left off in 2007 when we were together at Arkansas. We had some good offenses there and we will have good offenses at Ole Miss."

Lee, who has been in the long NFL grind that just ended, will take a deep breath and get a little rest for a few days before jumping head first into his new post.

"I've got a few loose ends to tie up in Miami, but I will be in Oxford - if everything goes smoothly - for the big recruiting weekend later this month," he closed. "I need a few days to get organized and get my batteries recharged, which Houston understands, and then I will hit the ground running.

"We will need to wrap up this year's recruiting real strong and then get ready for spring ball and spring recruiting. I'm looking forward to all of it."

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