Now it's USA Today with a long report on drama king Houston Nutt and the Hog football program. Chancellor John ("If his lips are moving, etc.") White is quoted:
"There are people all over the country scratching their heads wondering, 'What in the world is going on at Arkansas?' " says White, a native Arkansan. "My goodness, it's hard for me to understand."
UPDATE: Here's Part I of a four-parter on ESPN mentioned by blog readers. HIGHLY sympathetic to Nutt. He does concede he's stepped in it with some fans north of Fayetteville.
Northwest Arkansas includes the headquarters of Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt Transport as well as the University of Arkansas campus. The rise of Springdale High as a state power mirrored the region's increased clout. When Malzahn brought his no-huddle offense to Arkansas and Mustain signed, too, their fans thought their storybook rise would continue.
But the leap from Friday night to Saturday is always wider than it appears on signing day. The number of coaches and quarterbacks who can make that leap in their first year is at least two fewer than the people of Springdale believed.
The Springdale fans blamed Nutt.
"That's kind of my problem in this area right now. The further south I go [in the state], I'm a better coach," Nutt said.