It's the second stint on a Nutt-led coaching staff for Lee. Lee, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, coached quarterbacks and was Nutt's offensive coordinator at Arkansas in 2007, when the Razorbacks averaged 38.8 points and 457.4 yards per game.
"It was kind of a shock to me," Miller said. "I figured (Rader) had done pretty good this year. I didn't know he wouldn't be back."
Miller and Rader talked for a short time. There wasn't much left to say.
The two had built a strong relationship in a year's time. Rader attended a couple of Miller's games at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Miss. In his senior season, Miller passed for 1,636 yards, rushed for 1,148 more, and had 36 total touchdowns.
"We got to know each other a lot," Miller said. "He came to my house. It was a shock for both us, really. He called me and gave me the news.
"He was just telling me he wouldn't be there anymore. He couldn't give much more about it. He sounded like he was down a little bit about it."
Miller hasn't done much research on Lee yet. All he knows is the 57-year-old Lee was the former quarterbacks coach for the Dolphins. He wants to learn more.
"I'm sure he'll give me a call in a week or so," he said.
When Nutt was picked to coach Ole Miss in November of 2007, Lee initially followed.
However, he never coached in a practice or a game, instead leaving for the Dolphins a few weeks later.
Lee was instrumental in bringing the Wildcat formation to Miami, an offensive set he mastered during his days at Arkansas, which features a running back that takes the direct snap. The Dolphins ranked 11th in the NFL in rushing in 2008.
Unlike the two previous seasons, when Ole Miss won back-to-back Cotton Bowls, the Wildcat was rarely used as the Rebels stumbled to a 4-8 overall record in 2010. Dexter McCluster, now with the Kansas City Chiefs, excelled in the formation.
"They didn't do (the Wildcat offense) much at all this year," Miller said. "It'll be better for the program that they brought that back, because of what they did with McCluster and all that. I think it'll be good for them."
Rader was more traditional in his coaching philosophies. He preferred a pro-style, drop-back passer to run his offense. But Jeremiah Masoli, a dual-threat quarterback, started all but one game for Ole Miss last season. The offense still scored 30.6 points per game.
Lee has been more flexible throughout his career. Miller isn't concerned either way. Miller, a second team All-State selection by the (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger, said he can adapt to any style of offense.
"It doesn't matter at all to me," he said. "I could go to the spread, or switch to the pro-style the next drive. It doesn't matter to me."
Ole Miss approached Miller about the possibility of a greyshirt in November. The three-star quarterback was open to the idea.
And while other schools have come calling, most notably Arkansas State, Memphis and Southern Miss, Miller intends to sign with Ole Miss on National Signing Day Feb. 2.
"I'm waiting for Coach Nutt to get out of this (coaching) clinic (in Dallas) or whatever they've got going on," he said. "I'm going to talk to him. I'm pretty sure everything's still set to go. There shouldn't be any changes, really.
"There's been a couple of schools calling. I just want to get to know David and see how he is; see if he's on the same page. If he doesn't like me, of course I'm going to go somewhere else. But Coach Nutt's the one who ultimately matters. I think it's good. At any time, I can call him and see what's going on."