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Monday, December 18, 2006
Extension keeps Nutt under contract through 2012

Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas added a year to coach Houston Nutt's contract Monday and intends to give him a raise as reward for leading the Razorbacks to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

The extension keeps Nutt under contract until 2012.

"We are extremely proud of Houston for his leadership on and off the field, resulting in one of the best seasons in school history," Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said.

Broyles said he would seek a pay raise for Nutt after the start of the year.

Nutt earns a base salary of $329,644 and has a total compensation package of $1.05 million annually -- not including $412,000 per year in tax-deferred annuities that will be paid at a later date.

Nutt is 67-43 in nine seasons at Arkansas. The Razorbacks went 10-3 this season, their first winning season in three years, and lost to Florida in the SEC title game. No. 12 Arkansas will play No. 6 Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1.

Arkansas last extended Nutt's contract prior to the 2005 season, when the Razorbacks were coming off a 5-6 season. The team was 4-7 after Nutt received the contract extension and he was widely considered to be under pressure to win this season.