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Nutt resigns: 'They pay you to win'

OXFORD, MS (WLOX) -

Houston Nutt is out as the head football coach at Ole Miss.  Nutt will resign after the Rebels play Mississippi State.  Nutt told the media in Oxford Monday afternoon he wasn't surprised he was asked to resign.  "The thing about the SEC that I know, they pay you to win," the fourth year Rebels coach said.

An hour before Nutt spoke, Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones and Athletic Director Pete Boone held their own news conference to announce Nutt's decision to step away from the Rebels football program, Boone said, "The decision had to do with on field performance."  Ole Miss is 2-7 this season.  And the Rebels have lost 12 consecutive games in the SEC.  "I just think it's the right time, the right thing to do," said Boone.

A search committee led by former Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning and the head of Fed EX will look for the next leader of the Ole Miss football program.

The Ole Miss chancellor expects the search committee team to find the right person to lead the football team."  Can we build championships here?  Absolutely," said Jones.  "Is it futile?  Absolutely not."

The school has also announced that athletic director Pete Boone will be retiring.  Boone will step away from the Ole Miss athletic program by the end of 2012.

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