OXFORD, Miss., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The University of Mississippi has begun a search for a new football coach to replace David Cutcliffe, who was fired after a 4-7 season.
The Rebels made it to five bowl games in Cutcliffe's six seasons as coach but he was dismissed Wednesday after meetings with Athletic Director Pete Boone and Chancellor Robert Khayat.
There had been reports that Cutliffe was let go because he would not make changes in his coaching staff. Asked during a news conference what reasons were given for his dismissal, Cutcliffe replied, "I really don't want to get into that. Pete Boone and I just couldn't come to an agreement. We just couldn't get on the same page."
Boone said: "I think there are some trends that I saw in four years at different times in regard to motivation and general decision making in several different areas."
Cutcliffe's record at Ole Miss was 44-29, including 10-3 in 2003 with quarterback Eli Manning, who now plays for the NFL's New York Giants.