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.”