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Nutt apologizes to Rodriguez for slight

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt
said he has apologized to West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez for
leaving the Mountaineers off his ballot in the coaches' Top 25
football poll.

Nutt said he had voted for West Virginia in previous weeks but
that, while shuffling teams listed in the USA Today poll, he
inadvertantly left the Mountaineers off the ballot. He said he
would have listed WVU No. 13.

Nutt said Rodriguez understood that a mistake happened and "was
very gracious about it."

"I've also gotten some e-mails from West Virginia fans. They're
upset about it, and I understand their feelings," Nutt said.

WVU finished the regular season No. 11 in both The Associated
Press and the coaches' polls. The 13 points West Virginia would
have received from a properly cast Nutt ballot would not have been
enough to move the team into the coaches' top 10.

Had Nutt included WVU, the vote would have knocked South
Carolina from the No. 25 slot on Nutt's ballot.

Nutt had Southern California No. 1 and Texas No. 2. Southern
California defeated Arkansas 70-17 in September.