Nutt not interested in book on Springdale HS champs

Updated: December 7, 2006, 7:46 PM ET
Associated Press

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 the Razorbacks.

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 championship.

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 Voigt's book.

"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 Day.

Stephens Press is publishing the book. The company is a subsidiary of Stephens Media Group, which owns the Morning News.


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