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Friday, December 14, 2007

A tale of two coaches

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 7:34 AM

I meant to mention this earlier, because our infrequent guest columns get somewhat lost in the shuffle on our website and also, this week, in the print edition.

Little Rock civil rights lawyer Austin Porter offers some thoughts on the relative treatment of University of Arkansas coaches Nolan Richardson and Houston Nutt. "It is easy," he writes, "to conclude that these two coaches were treated differently, on account of their race." He also writes:

 

Comparing the conduct of Nutt versus Richardson, one can easily see that Nutt's conduct, both off the field and on the field, did more damage to the university and state, than the statement(s) attributable to Richardson. As a result of the controversy surrounding Nutt, players and a coach left, and highly touted recruits chose not to attend the U of A, yet [Chancellor John] White and Frank Broyles stood by their man. On the other hand, the U of A cannot point to a single player who left the basketball program or to one recruit who chose not to come to the U of A on account of Richardson's conduct.

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