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UM A.D. Boone Says Nutt Still Harassed By Arkansas Fans

You’d think that reaching a BCS bowl for the first time ever would help Arkansas fans forget all about the Houston Nutt era in Fayetteville.  You’d think Bobby Petrino’s 10-win season and a Golden Boot game victory (to boot) would have ended all talk of the Hogs’ ex-coach.

But according to Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone, that’s not the case.  in a long interview with The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, Boone opens up about his critics.  It’s an interesting read.  But what caught our eye was something he said about folks who spread negativity on messageboards:


A lot of that’s just come about in the last couple of years.  And I think there can also be some groups that form — and Houston saw this over at Arkansas.  Where a mother didn’t like what he did so she formed a group that absolutely has harassed him.  I still get emails about him from Arkansas people that are keeping up with what he’s doing here.  I’m sure he understands that as much as anybody does.  I believe that’s the case here.  I think that if you look at messageboards, they’re not driven by the majority.  They’re driven by the minority.  But they certainly can keep things stirred up enough where people think ‘there’s got to be some truth in that.’


Why on earth would any fans at Arkansas still be concerning themselves with a coach who was run off three seasons ago… whose successes have already been surpassed by his replacement?  You got us.  Time to let it go and enjoy the current regime.

A line from that Cold War classic “Red Dawn” comes to mind: “All that hate’s gonna burn you up, kid.”

 


14 comments
Wild Will
Wild Will

The fact that Ole Miss has to put up with Houston's off field shenanigans and horrible offense, not to mention his constant excuses and blaming his players and assistants for his shortcomings, is enough for me. He is a two faced person who portrays himself as an upright christian. The worst of the worst.

All things being equal, he'll at best beat the non-conference teams in his schedule and possibly eke out a couple SEC wins each year, until Ole Miss gets fed up with continued mediocrity, and send him down the road. Good riddance to the nutt job.

severstaldawg
severstaldawg

this year will be the end of nutt and boone so who cares

theLJhog
theLJhog

to hell with Nutt and Ole Miss

Adam Ford
Adam Ford

He went to a division rival...what else does he expect? This might be a little over the top, but he dug his own grave by going to Ole Miss, the closest geographical SEC school to Arkansas.

Mike Norman
Mike Norman

I liked Nutt and if he wanted to be remembered as a coach who did some great things at Arkansas, he should have left the SEC. I dont forsee him ever being honored at half time to a crowd cheering like they do when Ken Hatfield comes back. Its like an ugly divorce when your wife marries your Nemesis at work. The best job available was just a little too close to home, so by his choice he has ruined his legacy.

Drew
Drew

I miss the good old days when a journalist would have at least 3 sources and copies of the emails as proof. Now, its just take what somebody says and run with it like its the gospel.

The thing is, I believe that there are Arkansas fans that don't like Houston nutt and they have good reason not to like him, but using a term like harassment is too strong. Harassment is illegal and is never tolerable. Now a healthy dislike of a man or program is what college sports thrives on, just ask any Alabama or Auburn fan. Apparently Pete Boone is not used to anybody having any interest in what Ole Miss is doing, so he panicked and made a statement that is either untrue or misguided.

Arkansawyer
Arkansawyer

Poor Ole Miss. The ol' colonels who remember the '50s and '60s still can't believe that Ole Miss is no longer a real power in the SEC. The rivalry with Arkansas has always been quite intense, even when the matches were sporadic. After being duped into taking Nutt, the Rebs are coming to terms with their irrelevance. How delightful to see the Rebels squirm. They have Nutt for a coach. They have lost their beloved mascot Col. Reb, their fight song Dixie, and all their beloved traditions. Now they can't even beat Miss. St.

Q1
Q1

Hooty can act like he's bewildered, but deep down he's consumed with getting even with Arkansas after his long overdue ass-boot out of the state. His worthless son spit on the field and his worthless brother flipped off the crowd in 2008. He sat on McCluster until the Arkansas game in 2009. He flicked fingers for "2 and 1" after getting his ass handed to him last year and then proceeded to take credit for our win as if it was due to the 4 or 5 seniors he recruited. He even took credit for teaching Gus Malzahn how to run the ball. It's absurd for this jackass to play the victim while fanning the flames for almost 4 years.

Gary
Gary

Did you folks SEE, any of those HARASSING , e-mails. No, I didn't think so. You just took his word & wrote about it. Hey, how about checking things out before you take them as fact. Or does that matter to you ? You should be ashamed.

omahahog
omahahog

I'm a Hog fan and I wish the Nuttster well except when playing us. I certainly have no hatred toward him and have better things to do than write the UM AD.

Badhog
Badhog

So we occassionally love to hate the man who ALMOST ran our football program into the ground by abusing players & coaches, used his "golden handcuffs" to swindle the UA out of millions, took a job with a rival program and consistantly tries to undermine the UA fanbase.

O.T.
O.T.

The mom Boone mentioned is (most likely) Beck Campbell, mother of Mitch Mustain. It seems fairly clear that's what he's referring to with this quote:

"a mother didn’t like what he did so she formed a group that absolutely has harassed him."

Mustain was benched by Nutt in favor of Casey Dick early in the 2006 South Carolina game, and Nutt soon drew the ire of the infamous Springdale mafia, led by Campbell and Damian Williams' parents -- according to local legend, that is.

I doubt any of those people consider themselves Arkansas fans.

As somebody who does, the whole incident was sordid and embarrassing on a number of levels. And it's true Nutt still isn't very popular in his home state. But as far as I can tell, the vitriol has long since passed among the Hog fanbase -- especially now that many of our predictions of vindication (that Nutt would run Ole Miss into ground and Petrino was a significant upgrade) have been proven largely true.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Gary,

We should be ashamed? When an athletic director of an SEC school makes a claim like that about some fans of another school... it's news. And we'll report on it. We'll leave it to folks like yourself to suggest that he decided to go off on an anti-Arkansas tangent (using lies) while in the middle of a discussion of his own critics.

Also, if Jeff Long had said this same thing about a few Louisville or Falcons fans emailing him about Bobby Petrino, trust me, you'd have thought it was news... and you'd have thought it was time for Louisville and Falcons fans to move on.

John

omahahog
omahahog

Your absolutely right John. I agree with you. On the other hand, why would you make the statement in your article about "...any Arkansas fan...". Because every state, every school, every city has goofballs and it will NEVER stop. You could have written that paragraph with a little more clarity.

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