COMMENTARY: Leadership is the problem at Ole Miss

Why would any top recruit play football in Mississippi?

The Ole Miss program is in trouble. Mississippi State isn’t much better—Dan Mullen couldn’t beat an Auburn team with one of the worst defenses in recent memory. It is easy to see—things are a mess in Mississippi.

The 30-7 loss to Vanderbilt is one sign that the Houston Nutt era is coming to an end in Oxford, Mississippi. The only question is whether Ole Miss and its incompetent leaders will wait until the end of the season to fire Coach Nutt. When your athletic director speaks to the Rivals.com fan website and calls your team’s performance “unacceptable,” you are in trouble. (Source: free article over at Rebel Grove.)

Big trouble.

The same athletic director fired another warning shot, “This is not the kind of football Ole Miss is supposed to play or is going to play.”

When a fan website runs this type of story and an athletic director makes these kinds of comments, Houston Nutt’s days are over at Ole Miss. The Rebels are headed in a new direction.

What direction is anyone’s guess.

The leadership hasn’t exactly made wise choices in the past. Ole Miss fired David Cutcliffe—a bad move. Ole Miss hired Ed Orgeron—a dumbass move.

Now the administration calls out its coach in front of fans and recruits?

Should fans just forget about this recruiting class?

It sounds like the athletic department leadership is the bigger culprit in the collapse of Ole Miss football. The athletic director fired Cutcliffe after one losing season and then subjected the SEC to the idiocy of Orgeron.

It may be time to sever ties with Houston Nutt, but this type of amateur talk illustrates the problem in Oxford.

And that problem is all about leadership.

The leadership is clueless.

It treated Cutcliffe poorly. It is treating Nutt and fans poorly today. If fans are serious about change, they should insist on change at the top.