LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -A University of Arkansas private fundraising arm approved a salary supplement Wednesday for Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, a strong indication that Grobe will replace Houston Nutt as the Razorbacks' coach.
There was no word from the university, however, on whether Grobe would replace Nutt, who quit Nov. 26 and was hired almost immediately by Mississippi.
The Razorback Foundation raises funds privately for Arkansas athletic programs and pays coaches amounts far beyond their regular state salaries. Nutt, for instance, made $330,000 annually from the state but had a compensation package worth $1.5 million a year - much of the extra coming from Foundation funds.
Ralph Bradbury, a member of the Razorback Foundation's board of directors, confirmed Wednesday night the foundation had approved a deal for Grobe. He said he couldn't confirm for sure that Grobe's hiring was final because that issue remains in the hands of athletic director Jeff Long and Grobe himself.
``There's absolutely no way I could confirm that it's a done deal,'' Bradbury said.
The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reported on its Web site Wednesday night that Grobe would likely be introduced Thursday as Arkansas' coach.
Grobe and Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Part of Bradbury's hesitation to confirm Grobe's actual hiring might stem from Arkansas' search for a basketball coach earlier this year. The Razorbacks hired Dana Altman, who changed his mind and went back to Creighton the next day.
``You can have a press conference and still not be the coach,'' Bradbury said.

Recent NCAAF Discussions

Handicapping 2017 Win Totals on Wed, May 2017 by Blade
2017 NFL Draft Grades on Sun, Apr 2017 by Blade
Betting the 2017 NFL Draft on Tue, Apr 2017 by Blade
NFL Draft Preview on Tue, Apr 2017 by Blade
2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade

NCAAF Headlines

NCAAF Top Stories

Thumbnail Alabama still favored to win CFB Title Oddsmakers still favor Alabama to win the 2017 College Football National Championship, but which other teams are in the mix?

NCAAF Team Pages