Tyrone Nix new Rebel DC

Houston Nutt pulled off a "stunner" in coaching circles today when he hired Tyrone Nix to be the new defensive coordinator on his still developing Ole Miss football staff. Read about it inside.

For a couple of weeks, it's been speculated that Houston Nutt would bring Reggie Herring to Ole Miss as his defensive coordinator even though Reggie is still in Arkansas as the interim head coach for the Razorbacks as they prepare for the Cotton Bowl against Missouri.

In less than 24 hours, all of that has changed. Herring and Nutt came to a mutual agreement that Reggie wanted "soemthing else" and Nutt went back to his archives to find the "right guy" to run his defense.

"I've been talking to Tyrone for years trying to get him on my staff. Now, it looks like that will finally come true," said Nutt this morning.

Nix, who starred at Southern Mississippi and was the defensive coordinator there for several years prior to going to South Carolina to run Steve Spurrier's Gamecock defense, told Houston he was "ready to get back home."

"I believe Tyrone Nix is one of the brightest young coaches in America and he is a proven, successful defensive coordinator on the SEC level," said Nutt.

Nix graduated from USM in 1995 and started coaching immediately on the Golden Eagle staff, rising to defensive coordinator his final four years. Then, three years ago, he went to South Carolina as a DL coach and Co-DC.

The past two seasons, he has been the defensive coordinator for SC.

In 2006, the Gamecocks defense was sixth in the SEC and 29th in the country in scoring defense.

Nutt is still awaiting word from a "couple" of current Arkansas coaches about the possibility of joining him at Ole Miss, but he waited as long as he could on having a defensive coordinator in place.

"Tyrone knows Mississippi so well and is an excellent recruiter. He will help us a lot in this state and will be a tremendous asset to our program. I can't tell you how excited I am about Tyrone Nix being on our staff," Nutt closed.

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