Arkansas focusing on athletic dept. relationships

Updated: February 18, 2007, 2:21 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees wants to review the relationship between athletic boosters and the system's athletic departments after the wide circulation of disparaging e-mails aimed at former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain.

At a meeting Saturday, board member Dr. Carl Johnson suggested the trustees study such relationships after booster Teresa Prewett sent the e-mails. Prewett has since been banned from the sidelines by Coach Houston Nutt.

"I just think as an overseer of the whole university, it's our duty to look at what's in place," Johnson said. "We have to make sure people are treated with respect and dignity. We have young kids, and young kids need to be protected. This is sports. These are not life-and-death situations. This is supposed to be fun.

"We just want to make sure people involved with the university conduct themselves in the proper manner. I think the policies are in place, but it was a suggestion for that committee to take a look and make sure there is nothing we need to add or change."

The e-mails contained parts that were disparaging toward Mustain, other Razorbacks from Springdale High School and former Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn -- who coached Mustain at Springdale.

Prewett is a Little Rock physical therapist who helped Danny Nutt -- Houston's brother and an Arkansas assistant coach -- rehabilitate after brain surgery in 1998.

Prewett has since apologized for the e-mails.

The trustees' athletic committee will conduct the review, but board members did not set a deadline for the group to report on its findings.

"It will take some time," committee chairman Dr. Tim Hunt said. "I think they are probably all in good shape, but after reviewing them, we may make some adjustments. We may not."

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