Ole Miss Football: Suspensions for Alabama Game Bad for Houston Nutt

Randy ChambersAnalyst IOctober 14, 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Houston Nutt of the Ole Miss Rebels against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Just when you think things can't get much worse for the Ole Miss Rebels football team...

Ole Miss has recently suspended four players for this week's game against the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide. The players include starting running back Brandon Bolden, Alex Washington, A.J. Hawkins and Philadner Moore.

Head coach Houston Nutt said the suspension was for "violating team rules," but would not release any more details.

The Rebels are currently 2-3 and sitting in the cellar of the SEC, with an 0-2 record within the conference. The offense can't do anything right, as their passing game averages only 158 yards a game, which is 108th out of 120 teams. The running game only gets 115 yards a game, and the offense averages under 23 points per contest.

Now, the Rebels will be without their second leading rusher in Brandon Bolden, who averaged 4.6 yards per touch.

Although, it's not like it really mattered, considering they are going up against the Alabama Crimson Tide—a defense that gives up no more than a touchdown a game. Alabama was already going to slaughter this team, but now, with key players out, it will only be that much worse.

This really has no effect on the team, since they were already going to receive a beat-down. But it does not help head coach Houston Nutt, who is already on the hot seat.

Nutt is 24-19 in his three-and-a-half years at the university, and this looks like it will be the second year in a row they finish with a losing record.

Ever since quarterback Jevan Snead left the program, this team has struggled to win games and find a solid replacement for him.

Houston Nutt is now starting his third quarterback of the season in Randall Mackey.

The suspensions really have no impact on a game that was already going to be a blowout, but it's just another negative for a head coach that was already on his way out.