Thursday, December 7, 2006
Nutt not interested in book on Springdale HS champs
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt says he
has no plans to read or discuss a new book that attributes critical
comments of him to freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain.
Nutt told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette he preferred to focus on
the fact that Mustain and three of his Springdale High School
teammates joined Arkansas and were part of a successful season for
Kurt Voigt, prep sports editor at The Morning News in
Springdale, wrote "Year of the Dog: One Year, One Team, One Goal"
on Springdale High School's 2005 season, when the Bulldogs went
undefeated on the way to winning the Class AAAAA state
Included in the 198-page book are details of Mustain's
recruitment last spring and the stress of the process. According to
the book, Mustain questioned the direction of Arkansas' offense.
"We're doing more stuff on offense every week on a high school
team than they are. And they're in the SEC," Mustain is quoted as
saying. The high school senior goes on to describe the Razorbacks'
conservative game plan as the "same old boring offense."
According to the book, Mustain also made an off-the-cuff comment
last year after Nutt took credit for a play call following an
Arkansas win. The quarterback said Arkansas "would have a better
chance of getting me" if Nutt were fired.
Nutt told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's already chosen
what books he plans on reading this season, and they don't include
"I'm not planning on reading it. I keep two or three good books
to read in the season. I've got them lined up," Nutt said.
When reached at a listed phone number Thursday, Mustain told The
Associated Press he couldn't comment on the issue, saying all
interviews had to be set up through the school's sports information
department. The school sports information department said players
will not likely be available until the team starts practicing
again. Students are taking finals now.
This season Mustain started eight games, all victories, though
he was benched after starting off with an interception in the
Razorbacks' victory over South Carolina.
Arkansas is 10-3 and ranked No. 12 in the nation. The Razorbacks
will face No. 6 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's
Stephens Press is publishing the book. The company is a
subsidiary of Stephens Media Group, which owns the Morning News.