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Arkansas focusing on athletic dept. relationships

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."