One of the best decisions Houston Nutt has made since taking the Ole Miss job is promoting defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix to assistant head coach.
Nix will also get a bump in salary that will take him to the $400,000 range annually, if not above. He deserves every bit of that bump and maybe more.
The Rebels have been very good on defense the last two seasons, and Nix's attacking style is a big reason Ole Miss is coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time since the early 1960s.
Ole Miss has 208 tackles for loss in the last two seasons, which is more than any other team in the country during that span.
The Rebels had 96 this season, which led the SEC in terms of tackles for loss per game. They've also recorded 75 sacks over the last two seasons, which is more than anybody in the SEC during that span.
It's the reason Florida coach Urban Meyer came after Nix when Charlie Strong took the Louisville head job and the reason other schools will keep coming after Nix, who shouldn't have to wait too much longer before he gets a shot at a head-coaching job.
With Ole Miss taking care of Nix, another defensive coordinator in the SEC who's about to see his deal sweetened significantly is South Carolina's Ellis Johnson. And deservedly so. Johnson's defense has been the backbone of South Carolina's team the last two seasons. He already holds the title of assistant head coach for the defense.
When it's all said and done, you're going to have at least half the defensive coordinators in the SEC making $400,000 or more next season.
It goes without saying that they pay top dollar for quality defense in this league.