Malzahn + Nutt doesn't equal BFF
Here is another dose of information for your noggin, which surely is overloaded with talk about execution, injuries being ``day-by-day" (even a torn Achilles tendon) and how one missed block can ruin an entire season.
I promise to not mention -- or let anyone else mention -- those topics below.
- Browsing through a transcription of Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt's weekly press conference produced some goodies. Recall that Nutt, while coach at Arkansas in 2006, hired Malzahn out of a nearby high school and installed him as the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator. He stayed for one season.
- Nutt on how Gus Malzahn's offense has changed since those high school days: ``I think the biggest thing is that he saw the caliber of athletes each Saturday. He had a lot of mismatches in high school. When you get to the college level, you realize that there are two or three guys you are going to have to be concerned with because they are so athletic."
- Malzahn indirectly disagreed, saying the only major difference between high school and college ball is recruiting. ``The football on the field -- very similar."
- The two men haven't spoken since the Arkansas days.
- Nutt's take: ``We don’t talk very much. Everybody is so busy in college football. When you get into the season, you have a lot of things to worry about. You have all you can handle with the task at hand."
- Malzahn's take: "I haven't gotten a chance to visit with him since then but he gave me an opportunity to get in the college game."
- Malzahn on what changes now that Nutt, former ally, will be his foe Saturday: ``Anytime you work with someone, you get both sides, you get to know each other and what each other likes and all that. It's part of the game. There's a lot of coaches that worked together that end up playing each other. You've got to just be aware of all the variables and think what they're thinking."