With Arkansas’ disappointing season having knocked the Hogs out of the Top 25, the most entertaining poll watching (well, for me anyway) has been following Houston Nutt’s position in coacheshotseat.com’s weekly ranking of the coaches facing the most job jeopardy. Thanks to the Hogs’ impressive win over South Carolina and the super-duper-human effort of Darren McFadden and the super-human effort of Felix Jones, Nutt tumbled all the way from No. 4 to No. 11 in this week’s poll.
Here’s what the site’s blog page had to say about HDN: “If Nutt wins 1 of the remaining games Arkansas would finish with a 7-5 record, and with all of the talent on this Arkansas team, you would have to consider that a massive underachievement. Can Nutt survive a 7-5 record in 2007? If he can, then Arkansas football is not that important anymore.“
Three weeks ago, after the heartbreaking loss to Auburn, I felt that Nutt’s time at Arkansas had passed the point of no return. That seems a little premature now, with the team playing better and having reeled off three straight wins. This is purely a gut feeling, but I’m guessing that losing two out of the next three means he’s gone, while winning two of those means he’s back.
The big X factors, of course, are what kind of support he has from the Board of Trustees and what incoming AD Jeff Long thinks of him. Anyone with any insight on those two factors, please chime in.
What record do you think Houston has to finish with to stay on the Hill?
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