Nutt Sr. spent 32 years at Little Rock school

Updated: April 21, 2005, 11:48 AM ET
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Houston Nutt Sr., the father of head coaches at a pair of Arkansas universities, died Wednesday, two days after suffering a stroke. He was 74.

Nutt died at 2:38 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Cara Wade said.

Nutt was the father of Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt and Arkansas State basketball coach Dickey Nutt. Another son, Dennis, is the basketball coach at Texas State and son Danny is an assistant football coach at Arkansas.

Houston Nutt Sr. was coach and director of athletics and student life at Arkansas School for the Deaf. The elder Nutt spent 32 years at the Little Rock school before retiring in 1987. He was a member of the school's board of trustees.

In his college years, he played basketball at Oklahoma A&M and at Kentucky. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. A native of Fordyce, Houston Nutt Sr. has had hearing problems since he was a child.

The younger Nutt canceled a scheduled news conference Monday to travel from Fayetteville to Little Rock after his father suffered the stroke and was hospitalized.

Family visitation at Immanuel Baptist Church is scheduled between 5 p.m and 7 p.m. Thursday; a public memorial service will be held at 11 p.m. Friday at the church. Wade said the burial will be private.

Arkansas Athletic Department spokesman Kevin Trainor did not immediately return a call for comment.

"He was a wonderful man," said Katie Hodge, administrative assistant at the Arkansas School for the Blind, which shares a campus with the deaf school. "I remember his smile and he was always trying to teach me sign language. He was just a kind man and always interested in everyone else."

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