Nebraska athletic director Steve Pederson says the head coaching position hasn't been offered to anyone yet.
Nebraska called a news conference Saturday after reports that Arkansas' Houston Nutt had turned down the job.
Pederson said that a trip to the Lincoln campus and an interview with Chancellor Harvey Perlman would be required before the job was offered.
Nutt confirmed that Pederson never actually offered him the job. But said, quote, "I'm protecting him a little bit too," end quote.
An airplane registered to a Nebraska company sat at a northwest Arkansas airport much of the day Friday but took off after nightfall.
Nutt said, quote, "Things would have gotten very difficult if I had gotten on that plane," quote.
Pederson said he had expected to hear speculation about who would be taking the reigns at Nebraska, but recently that speculation had gotten out of hand.
Reacting to an anxious public's frustration at how long the process is taking, Pederson asked, quote, "Give us some time to let it work," end quote.
He would not say what or how many names are on his list of candidates for the job.
Nebraska fired coach Frank Solich in November after a 9-and-3 regular season. The Cornhuskers finished at 10-and-3, beating Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl under interim coach Bo Pelini.
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