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Nutt introduced as new coach at Ole Miss

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - New Mississippi football coach Houston Nutt says he intends to improve the Rebels and make them the Southeastern Conference champions.

He was introduced to hundreds of cheering fans on campus today and told them that the way to spell fun is W-I-N.

Nutt replaces Ed Orgeron, who was fired Saturday after the Rebels finished 3-9. The team went winless in the SEC for the first time since 1982.

Nutt came to Oxford less than 48 hours after resigning at Arkansas and a day after Ole Miss Athletic Director Pete Boone announced he had hired Nutt to resurrect a football program that has lost its way.

Nutt says he loves the tradition at Ole Miss -- including a legacy of players like Archie Manning and Frank "Bruiser" Kinard.

While Orgeron increased the talent level, he never fielded a winner in three tumultuous years and finished 10-25. 

Boone believes Nutt is the proven winner he was asked to produce when he started his three-day search. 

Nutt agreed to a four-year, $7.4 million contract with options for three more years totaling $6.6 million. He appears to have the credentials required to turn around a program that hasn't been much of a force in the Southeastern Conference since the 1960s.

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