At Arkansas, Nutt led the Razorbacks to seven bowl games, three Southeastern Conference Western Division titles, and averaged more than seven wins per season. In 1998, he was named National Coach of the Year and The Football News Division 1-A Coach of the year. He is also a three time SEC Coach of the Year (2001, 2006, 2008). While at Ole Miss, Nutt guided the Rebels to back-to-back Cotton Bowl wins in 2009 and 2010.
Nutt began his collegiate head coaching career at Murray State University in 1993. After leading the Racers to an 11-1 record in 1995, he was named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year and was recognized with the Eddie Robinson National Division I-AA Coach of the Year Award. In one season at Boise State University, which was also the team’s first as a member of NCAA Division 1-A, he led the team to a 5-6 record.
Nutt began his collegiate playing career at the University of Arkansas and transfered to Oklahoma State University, where he played quarterback from 1979-81 and was a member of the basketball team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Oklahoma State in 1981. Nutt and his wife Diana have four children, Houston III, twins Hailey and Hanna, and Haven.