Nix Leaves USC to Join Nutt at Ole Miss

Ole Miss Head Coach Houston Nutt made a lateral move in the SEC that has worked nicely for him, and now he has convinced USC defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix to make the same kind of move. Nutt named Nix as his new defensive coordinator at Ole Miss today.

Houston Nutt moves fast these days. Less than 48 hours after he coached Arkansas to an upset of then #1 LSU, he resigned his position as head coach of the Razorbacks, and a day after that he was being named the new head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels. Now he has convinced Tyrone Nix to come back to the Magnolia State and be his defensive coordinator in Oxford. Nix will be in Oxford Wednesday to start working with his new team, according to Nutt.

"Tyrone Nix is one of the up-and-coming, bright defensive coordinators in America," Nutt said. "I love the fact that he has a deep connection with the state of Mississippi. He has a great name in this state, has recruited the state and knows the high school coaches. Tyrone is also an excellent teacher and knows how to relate to young men."

"(I have a) very good relationship with him, known him for about ten, eleven years," Nutt said. "I tried to hire him once before when I was at the University of Arkansas. He is an excellent X's and O's guy. He understands the SEC. He's been there. He's done a great job for Coach Spurrier, I know he hates to lose him, but we're real excited here at Ole Miss to have a guy like Tyrone."

South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier said of Nix's move, ""Tyrone Nix is a good person, a wonderful family man and an outstanding football coach. We wish him the very best at Ole Miss except when they play the Gamecocks."

According to Nutt, Nix initiated the contact with Nutt about the job at Ole Miss. "Tyrone made a call to a friend of mine to let us know that he's looking," Nutt said. "Not that he was unhappy working for Coach Spurrier, he said many times that he enjoyed working for him. Once I got permission from Coach Spurrier to call him, I felt the conversation was going very, very good. I think the #1 factor was that it (Mississippi) was home for Nix."

The move was unexpected for Gamecock fans. Last week Nix had withdrawn his name as a candidate for the head coaching job at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi. When OMSpirit.com, the Mississippi site for Scout.com broke the story that Nix was headed for Oxford Mississippi, Nix was still recruiting for South Carolina at the Shrine Bowl practice in Spartanburg, SC.

Shortly after word of Nix's departure broke, Spurrier commented on where the Gamecocks will go from here, saying, "We understand change is part of the coaching profession and hopefully this will be a good move for everyone. I can say to the Gamecocks that I will try my best to hire a proven, outstanding defensive coordinator."

Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for the latest updates on the search for Nix's replacement at South Carolina.


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