November 27, 2007

Mouzon ready for third new coach

There's no way around it. Players on the Ole Miss football team are going to have different opinions and reactions to the news of Ed Orgeron's firing and the uncertainty that goes along with it.

Junior cornerback Dustin Mouzon knows this because he's seen it happen before.

Mouzon was coming off a redshirt season when David Cutcliffe was let go and Orgeron was hired.

Spending time with Orgeron made Saturday's news tough to take.

I've grown with this guy for a while. I have a lot of respect for him," Mouzon said. "Going through all these hard times, I feel for the guy and I didn't want to see him go.

"This is the second time this has happened to me. The first time, it was kind of weird. I grew into this program with Coach O, and now, I've got to jump in with a third head coach."

Mouzon heard the news early Saturday morning, after waking up to a phone call from teammate Jacarious Lucas.

"It was kind of a bad wake up call," Mouzon said. "You play harder for some coaches, and I think that's something I'll miss in the new coach.

"It'll take time."

Speculation for much of the night Monday centered on ex-Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. Mouzon's roommate, Rebel right tackle Maurice Miller, had a scholarship offer to Arkansas.

"He knows the guy and he told me a lot about him," Mouzon said. "In a way, I look at like it could be fun. It'd be weird to play for a coach who coached against me."

No one will ask Mouzon for his input in the hiring or firing process, but he wishes that was different.

"I think players should have some kind of input on a decision being made, but as you can see, we don't have any input," he said. "Players play for their coach, I think. It's what I've been doing."

And though he might not be totally comfortable playing for someone other than Orgeron, he'll have little choice.

"Some people like it; some people don't. I don't know how that's going to be," Mouzon said. "But the older guys as a group, we've got to step up in some kind of way. We've got look at it as something positive.

"I'm the type of guy that whoever they bring in, I'll stick with him. I'll learn from it and I'll go with the program."

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