This Would Be Crazy, But It Is Houston Nutt We're Talking About

↵Today, this moved from the dodgy realms of Arkansas-based sports talk ↵radio stations willing to say or do anything that makes Houston Nutt look ↵bad to the august realms of an actual reporter's Twitter feed, so it appears there ↵is some meat on this crazy, googly-eyed bone: ↵

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↵⇥A source close to Houston Nutt told me [Dienhart] he will interview for the ↵⇥Kansas job. ↵
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↵What? If this was not coaching Loki himself this would be yet another ↵obviously dumb rumor soon proven incorrect, but with Houston Nutt all ↵things are possible. He could show up to a game and switch teams at ↵halftime, and both fanbases would devolve into warring factions about ↵whether he should be executed or elected governor. Houston Nutt is the ↵alpha and omega. ↵

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↵Still, jumping from a middling SEC program that gets Jevan Snead back ↵to a Kansas program that's been a wasteland for 95% of its existence ↵seems beyond even Nutt's brand of mayhem. Kansas just graduated Todd ↵Reesing, the only thing separating them from the abyss, and figures to ↵resume its longstanding tenure at the bottom of the Big 12 North. They ↵might be spending their days there alongside four or five other teams ↵that somehow manage to cram into the conference cellar -- this is the Big ↵12 North we're talking about -- but there they will be. ↵

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↵Sure enough, Nutt has issued a standard nothing-to-see-here statement denying any interest ↵in other jobs. Once denied another six to eight times, the thing will ↵finally go away. So there's nothing there. ↵

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↵What's this all about, then? Look no further than the googly-eyed ↵one's agent, Jimmy Sexton. Sexton looks exactly like you'd expect a slightly reptile sports agent to look ↵and acts like he's been scripted by Jerry Bruckheimer. Sexton represents ↵about half of the coaches south of the Mason-Dixon line and is almost ↵certainly the "source close to Houston Nutt" cited above. ↵

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↵Sexton is almost singlehandedly responsible for creating the ↵maelstrom of coaching insanity in the South. Any opportunity to pretend ↵his clients are thinking about jumping ship is taken, whether it's to ↵wheedle out a contract extension or just buy a guy who turned a top five ↵preseason ranking into obscurity a little more goodwill at his current ↵home. Here's an archetypal example: ↵

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↵⇥In November 2006, he brought Butch Davis back to the college ranks at ↵⇥North Carolina. A year later, despite a 4-8 start, Davis received a ↵⇥contract extension and a raise from UNC, a response to rumors that he ↵⇥might leave Chapel Hill and take the vacant job at Arkansas, his alma ↵⇥mater. Even though Davis vehemently denied the chatter, he still ↵⇥received an extra year and $291,000 more per season. ↵
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↵Sexton is the coaching equivalent of sleazy, soul-patched pickup ↵artists displaying "PUMA ↵SKILLS"; there's nothing to see here except posturing and ↵possibly a Nutt contract extension. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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