LAKE BUENA VISTA -- I had the pleasure of meeting Arkansas' legendary football coach and athletic director Frank Broyles on Thursday night at the college football awards ceremony. Broyles was presented with a college football lifetime achievement award and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and former President Bill Clinton -- both famous Arkansas natives -- offered tributes to Broyles. After the ceremony, I asked Broyles about football coach Houston Nutt's recent move from Arkansas to Mississippi.
At first Broyles said he was on the outside looking in during the tumultuous season at Arkansas. Nutt, of course, was under scrutiny for off-the-field issues as well as beginning the Southeastern Conference schedule with a few losses. When pressed, Broyles said that he asked Nutt to stay and offered him more money. Nutt refused and told Broyles that "it wasn't about the money."
It must have been bad in Fayetteville if Broyles, as skilled and respected a negotiator as there is, couldn't even mediate a truce between Nutt and his severed fan base. Arkansas' current mess can in no way stain Broyles' legacy but the longtime Razorback sure can't like walking away from UA with his program in disarry.