Almost as soon as Paul Pasqualoni was fired and sent on his way, the name of Houston Nutt surfaced as a possible candidate for the head coaching job at UConn. The Internet and college football chat rooms buzzed about the former Arkansas and Ole Miss coach being on the wish list of the decision makers in Storrs. Nutt, who is currently working for the CBS Sports Network as a football analyst, reportedly denied having any interest in the position.
However, Nutt’s actions may be signaling something different. According to a prominent high school football coach in Connecticut, Nutt reached out to him recently with a phone call to inquire about football in the state.
“Houston wanted to know about the landscape of football in Connecticut and what kind of players we had, the skill-level, and the hot-beds for talent,” said the coach who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “I guess he’s doing his research. I was taken by surprise a little bit. I’m not sure how he got my cell number.”
Nutt has been out of coaching since 2011, the last of his four-year stint at Ole Miss where he was 24-26. Prior to his days in Oxford, Mississippi, Nutt enjoyed a highly-successful stay at Arkansas where he compiled a 75-48 mark in 10 seasons at the SEC school.
By reaching out to a well-known and respected coach to inquire about all things high school football in the state, it appears Nutt may have more than just a passing interest in the UConn job.
Efforts to reach Nutt were unsuccessful.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE UNIFORMS
New Canaan High School and the University of Oregon are separated by 2,950 miles on the map, but when it comes to their offenses and uniforms, they are about as close as twin brothers. Both have fast-paced units that can seemingly score at will. They can also produce new uniforms just as quickly. Mix ’em, match ’em, and put 50 points on the board. All white, all dark, a little silver, and add 10 more to the score.
Last Friday against Staples, the Rams broke out new silver uniforms with red numbers complete with a camouflage design.
“We showed them to the kids on Thursday night and they went wild,” said New Canaan head coach Lou Marinelli. “Johnny (Marinelli), Chris Silvestri, and Dante Corrente, who are my assistant coaches, designed them in the summer and they came out great.”
The Rams now have four sets of uniforms enabling them to get creative and churn out a number of combinations. On the same night New Canaan unveiled its new uniforms, Staples broke out sleek black jerseys instead of its usual home navy ones. High schools in Connecticut, as well around the country, seem to be taking the lead from the likes of Oregon, Maryland, and just about every major college program that is trying to stand out with bold new uniforms.
“It seems to be all about the uniforms these days,” said Marinelli. “I talk to college coaches and they say the number one thing recruits ask about are the uniforms. The kids want the uniforms to be cool and they want to look good.”
There are a lot of cool uniforms around the region which make a lot of players look good. Who do you think has the best uniforms?
If you vote “other”, put your choice in the comments section