RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Coach Jim Grobe will return next season to Wake Forest, having apparently rebuffed an attempt by Arkansas to hire him to replace Houston Nutt.
``He called and said he wants to continue as our football coach,'' Demon Deacons athletic director Ron Wellman said Thursday.
The Grobe-to-Arkansas speculation started late Wednesday, after a private university fundraising arm approved a salary supplement for the Wake Forest coach. There was no official word from Arkansas, however, on whether Grobe would replace Nutt, who quit Nov. 26 and was hired almost immediately by Mississippi.
Wellman declined to say whether Arkansas formally offered Grobe the job. Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said in a statement that no formal offer or agreement has been reached with a possible replacement.
``I understand and appreciate the strong interest in the search by our supporters and fans,'' Long said. ``Our parameters for the search remain the same, finding the best head football coach for the University of Arkansas. We will continue to work expeditiously to that end and I'm confident that we will achieve our goal.''
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