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Report: UNLV talks with Houston Nutt and Ed Orgeron

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting that UNLV has talked to two former Ole Miss coaches

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UNLV is looking to fill the vacancy at head coach left by Bobby Hauck, and it appears there are some former SEC head coaches in consideration, per Mark Anderson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Ed Orgeron and Houston Nutt have talked to UNLV regarding the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNLVFB?src=hash">#UNLVFB</a> job, according to sources.</p>&mdash; Mark Anderson (@markanderson65) <a href="https://twitter.com/markanderson65/status/540258452954943492">December 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Houston Nutt followed Ed Orgeron at Ole Miss in the mid-2000s. Orgeron pulled in highly-touted recruiting classes in Oxford, Miss., but that never translated on the field for Orgeron. His three year record as head coach was 10-25 (3-21 SEC). His best season was 4-8 in 2006.

Nutt came into Oxford the following season and saw instant success as Ole Miss won back to back Cotton Bowls with 9-4 seasons. Once Orgeron’s recruiting classes were gone, Nutt’s success ran dry; Ole Miss went 4-8 (1-7) then 2-10 (0-8) before Nutt was fired at the end of the 2011 season.

Outside of Ole Miss, Orgeron has brief experience as head coach. He was the interim head coach at USC in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired. Orgeron took the Trojans to a 6-2 record the rest of the season. Orgeron was the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at USC from 2010-13. Also Orgeron has recently been at Tennessee (2009) and with the New Orleans Saints (2008).

Nutt has much more experience as a head coach, most notably going 75-48 (42-38 SEC) from 1998-2007 at Arkansas. Nutt also spent one season as Boise State’s head coach in 1997 and the previous four seasons at Murray State.

Another name that Mark Anderson has reported is June Jones.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Just spoke with June Jones. He is interested in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UNLVFB?src=hash">#UNLVFB</a> job, but didn&#39;t want to say more than that. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lvrj?src=hash">#lvrj</a></p>&mdash; Mark Anderson (@markanderson65) <a href="https://twitter.com/markanderson65/status/539869888643624962">December 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Jones resigned from SMU after an 0-2 start this season due to personal reasons. He was 112-84 and took SMU to four straight bowl games after going 1-11 in his first season, 2011. Jones also spent 1999-2007 at Hawaii going 76-41, including 33-4 record over his last two seasons.