Ole Miss football’s 10-year trend

This is the eighth in a series looking at the 10-year trends of SEC football teams.

Here is a look at Mississippi’s 10-year trend.

It’s been an up-and-down decade for Ole Miss’ football fortunes. David Cutcliffe was cut loose just one year after going 10-3 with the Rebels in 2003, which included a Cotton Bowl win. When Eli Manning graduated and the Rebels slipped to 4-7 in 2004, Cutcliffe was shown the door.

Ed Orgeron went just 10-25 in three seasons from 2005-07. The former Southern Cal assistant was considered a terrific recruiter who couldn’t produce wins on the field. He had just two wins against teams with winning records.

Former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt went 24-26 in four years as the Ole Miss coach. Playing with Orgeron’s recruits, Nutt went 18-8 his first two seasons in Oxford. Playing with is own recruits, Nutt was just 6-18 his last two seasons and was fired after going 2-10 in 2010.

Ole Miss next turned to Hugh Freeze, who was 20-5 in two seasons at NAIA school Lambuth, then 10-2 in one season at Sun Belt Conference school Arkansas State. A former assistant under Orgeron, Freeze engineered a surprising 7-6 finish his first season as the Ole Miss head coach and has followed that with a top 10 recruiting class for 2013.

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