Despite the fact that Houston Nutt was fired last week by Ole Miss as its head football coach, he will remain on through the season-ending Egg Bowl to see it through. However, the university will not stand pat on the administrative duties that exist within a college football program and has named wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer as the head of the "transition team" heading into the off-season.
...wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer will handle recruiting and player relations during the period between the Egg Bowl and when a new coach is hired.
"He's going to head up the transition team," athletic director Pete Boone said.
This is Brewer's first year with the school, however he has strong ties to the university. His father, Billy, was head coach of the football team from 1983-93 and remains an active onlooker at practices. Ole Miss hired Brewer as their associate head coach/passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach after six seasons as an assistant with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
In case you're wondering how strong Brewer's ties are to Ole Miss and its search committee for a new coach (headed by Archie Manning), there's a nice photo of Brewer with Peyton Manning on his slightly-outdated website.
Ole Miss says it would like to have a new coaching staff in place by mid-December.
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