|Nutt says reports aren't true, decries 'rumors'|
|Written by Admin|
|Saturday, 17 November 2007 15:14|
``It wasn't true yesterday and it's not true today,'' Nutt said after Arkansas beat Mississippi State 45-31. ``And it's not right to do that - to make statements like that to your team - unless you have a real source from either that athletic director of that school or me. And you don't, so you make up things.''
Various reports have surfaced saying Nutt won't be back next year, although they did not give a clear indication of whether Nutt would be dismissed or leave on his own.
``I haven't talked to one athletic director except for (Arkansas' Frank) Broyles and (Arkansas) Chancellor (John) White, and so to make statements like that and try to disrupt your team and create all these stories, it's kind of foolish,'' Nutt said. ``I felt sorry for our team because everybody's asking them what's going on, 'Is it true?' It's just a bad deal.''
The university strongly denied Friday that any decision has been made on Nutt's future. Broyles is retiring at the end of the year and has said he'll leave a decision on Nutt's status to his replacement, Jeff Long.
Long was at Saturday's game but would not comment on Nutt's situation.
Arkansas entered the season in the Top 25 but quickly fell out. The Razorbacks lost their first three Southeastern Conference games this year, and fan unrest has been noticeable.
Nutt praised his players for playing through the distractions Saturday.
``I was just really pleased and proud of how they performed with everything going on,'' he said.
Star tailback Darren McFadden said it wasn't too hard to focus.
``We've seen and heard about everything,'' McFadden said. ``It's just something we have to overlook. ... It is something coach Nutt told us was going on. I don't think there was any truth to the rumors that were going around.''
Nutt was asked to assess his future.
``I go one day at a time. All I want to do is coach this season, and then we have an evaluation time after the end of each year with the athletic director - this time, probably with Jeff Long,'' Nutt said. ``Stop predicting and stop making up rumors. I would wait until after the meeting with the athletic director - the new athletic director, Jeff Long - and then make comments to get some facts.''