Welcome to the second installment of our three-part Q&A with Democrat-Gazette columnist Gene Lyons (here’s part 1):

Are the majority of fans “with Houston Nutt or against him?” How secure is his job and do you see him returning to Fayetteville after this season?

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Judging by the call-in sports shows, I’d say Nutt’s a little less popular than he oughta be given last season’s record and this season’s prospects.

Seeing as how 6 of the 12 games oughta be walkovers, all he has to do is win half the real games to go 9-3. That’d keep him for another year, unless he takes another job. I’ve always been surprised when Nutt’s rumored to be interviewing, because I get the impression it’s his dream job.

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Your dreams can wear you out, though. Would you really be happy married to Reese Witherspoon?

Prior to the Mustain/Malzahn business, I’ve always liked the way Nutt handles himself. (I don’t know him.) Unlike a lot of football coaches, I don’t think he has swastikas or even Rebel flags on his undershorts.

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