Arkansas fans protest Nutt, AD

Updated: January 24, 2007, 10:39 PM ET
Associated Press

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- About 50 people showed up Wednesday at a protest intended to demonstrate their displeasure with Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt and athletic director Frank Broyles.

Despite a 10-4 season, Nutt has had to defend his program after offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn left to join the staff at Tulsa and quarterback Mitch Mustain asked for and received his release to transfer.

Randy Staton, 24, of Fayetteville said he organized the protest across from Razorback Stadium.

"The average Hog fan feels as though they have no voice, and that needs to change," Staton said in a news release. "It is time for Coach Broyles and Coach Nutt to accept responsibility for the soap opera-type atmosphere that is prevalent in the local and national press."

Staton said Nutt had run off the best offensive coordinator in the nation.

Ann Justus and Sharon Cox of Springdale -- where Malzahn was high school coach, with Mustain on his team -- held up signs that said, "Integrity matters."

Disgruntled fans have claimed that Malzahn and Mustain, among others, were misled about the direction the Arkansas offense would take.


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