by Max Brantley
The town is simply jumping with rumors that the UA Board, meeting today in East Arkansas, is going to act on matters athletic today. This refers to the swirl of Internet chatter about Houston Nutt's poor use of his university phone, compounded with growing questions about the university policy on use of its plane and use of the Razorback Foundation plane. (Sitting on a nonprofit board, I know you have to be careful about use of nonprofit assets for strictly personal emoluments. It has made me curious for the longest how the Foundation, with its tax-free status, for golfing outings and other personal trips that wouldn't seem to be in advancement of the foundation's purpose.) I have a call in on this, though I'd been told early in the week that no athletic topics were expected to be discussed. I'm guessing the Internet will be ahead of the mainstream media on this story as it has been all along.
UPDATE: Somebody suggests unkindly that the UA Board, given the recent basketball debacle, might be of a mind to move up Frank of the Ozarks' retirement. Did he get juked by Billy Gillispie, now off to Kentucky, or what?
UPDATE II: The UA Board of Trustees met and nothing occurred, in public at least, on the athletic front. An executive session was held to consider a variety of routine issues. Dr. Carl Johnson made a motion to discuss athletic issues as well. The motion was approved. But when the Board returned to the public session, it merely approved the routine items. Nothing further was said about athletics.