Shack Speaks

The unofficial leader of the Rebel football team, D.T. Shackelford, spoke to the media Tuesday after practice about the upcoming change of the coaching staff.

D.T. Shackelford may not be playinjg this year due to a knee injury he is rehabbing, but he is still the player spokesman and one of the strong leaders of the team.

He spoke with the media after Tuesday's practice about the dismissal of Coach Houston Nutt and the staff he signed with out of high school.

"I wish they would still be here, but there are some things we can't control," Shackelford said. "I think it speaks loudly about Coach Nutt that he is sticking in here with us until the end of the season. He's going to be gone, but he's not quitting on us."

Shackelford said the Rebel players have no choice but to move forward.

"We're going to move on. We will carry the things we were taught by Coach Nutt and this staff with us and hopefully we can make him proud down the road," he said. "There's no doubt in my mind that Coach Nutt has been one of the most influential people in my life and most on this team feel the same way. He's more to us than a coach."

Losing has been hard on everyone and Shack explains why.

"We don't train to lose. We don't run bleachers, run in the sand pit, attend early morning meetings, sweat in the weight room and work as hard as we do expecting to lose," he said. "For the most part, we have given it up, but some things in life just happen that way. Sometimes the ball rolls your way and sometimes it doesn't.

"Look at me. I planned on playing this year, but sometimes God has something else in store for you. Nobody expected to lose. We got great gameplans every week and we prepared to win."

Shackelford said the team meeting with Nutt yesterday was hard.

"We know he will go to war for us as players. He has always done that for us," he continued. "I have a lot of respect for him. It hurt."

Shackelford said the Rebels will stay on the path of trying to be a good football team.

"We know that no matter who the head coach is, Ole Miss football will go on," he noted. "Me, as a leader, I will make sure everyone knows we have to carry on. We have to keep the workouts going and do the right things.

"We are going to have a season next year. The ball will keep rolling, so we have to keep rolling too. As a leader, I have to make sure everyone understands that in this transition. We will have a good team and we will keep pushing."

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