Sympathy for Nolan | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sympathy for Nolan

Posted By on Wed, May 31, 2006 at 1:28 PM

Alan Grant writing for the ESPN website, writes sympathetically about former Hog coach Nolan Richardson after the appeals court rejected his lawsuit over his firing. He particularly sympathizes with Richardson's belief that he was held to a higher standard than the football coach, Houston Nutt.

[image-1]But the following year [after Richardson's firing], Richardson's charges proved to be true. Nutt got an extension. During his eight-year tenure at Arkansas, Nutt has never done what it takes to accrue college football prestige. He's never won 10 games in a season, has never taken his team to a BCS bowl game, never come close to winning a championship and has a career record of 57-40. But in 2003, Nutt was given a contract extension through 2010 for $1.05 million per year, loaded with incentives (and since extended another year through 2011).

Oh, did I mention that back in 1976, Nutt was the last player recruited by Broyles before Broyles retired as Arkansas football coach?

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I think Richardson deserved better. I think Arkansas was lucky to have him. I think the all-time winningest coach in Arkansas history was fired because he is black and outspoken. I think Broyles has taken great strides to show that the Arkansas athletic department has all the trappings of an old boys network. Since going 9-4 in 2003, Nutt's teams have finished 5-6 and 4-7. Yet it's apparently all good in Fayetteville. I thought college football was all about winning. And if you don't win, you get fired.


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