Connecticut football: Houston Nutt to coach Huskies?

Houston Nutt the next UConn coach?

11/1/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Former Ole Miss coach and current CBS Sports Network analyst Houston Nutt could possibly be interested in taking over the vacant Connecticut position, reports Paul Devlin of the Connecticut News-Times. Blog Photo - Connecticut football: Houston Nutt to coach Huskies?

The Huskies, who have started the 2013 season by losing their first seven games by an average of 20.1 points, fired coach Paul Pasqualoni following the team's 41-12 loss to Buffalo on September 30.

Nutt has reportedly contacted a Connecticut high school football coach to ask questions about the landscape and talent-level of players for the surrounding area, leading us to believe he's thinking to get back to the sideline in 2014.

"Houston wanted to know about the landscape of football in Connecticut and what kind of players we had, the skill-level, and the hot-beds for talent,” the coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told the paper. “I guess he's doing his research. I was taken by surprise a little bit. I'm not sure how he got my cell number."

Nutt hasn't coached since 2011 when he was fired from Ole Miss, but has compiled a 135-96 record in 19 years. The 56-year-old Little Rock native won 76 games with Arkansas from 1998-2007 and won consecutive Cotton Bowls in his first two seasons with the Rebels (2008-09).

UConn hasn't been to the postseason since Randy Edsall left for Maryland in 2010, and is currently looking for a candidate that will make it a contender in the American Athletic Conference.

Who knows if Nutt is the Huskies' ideal candidate at this point, but his resume seems like it would be a good enough fit for a program that could use a noteworthy name at the helm.

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