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?


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.


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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