While Nebraska has offered Arkansas coach Houston Nutt two (M) million reasons to move to Lincoln, family ties and a Razorbacks counteroffer might keep Nutt in Fayetteville.
Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles says the university has
been negotiating with Nutt to keep the coach in Arkansas. Nebraska wants Nutt as a replacement for fired coach Frank Solich.
Arkansas officials said they don't expect an announcement
tonight. If one happens tomorrow, it would be before or after
Arkansas' basketball game against North Texas, which tips off at
A member of the Arkansas board of trustees says Nebraska offered
Nutt two (M) million dollars to coach the Cornhuskers. That would
be more than double the 800-thousand dollars that Arkansas pays
If Nutt stayed with the Razorbacks, he would be remain close to
his Arkansas roots and enjoy a pay raise negotiated from the
Razorbacks. Broyles wouldn't say how much he offered.
Nutt is not the first coach offered the job. Kansas City Chiefs
coach Dick Vermeil said assistant Al Saunders turned the job down.
Nutt's six-year record at Arkansas is 48-27. Solich won ten more
games in the same-length tenure at Nebraska.
Nebraska's athletic budget is 53 (M) million dollars, compared to 40 (M) million dollars Arkansas spends on athletics.