Tuesday, December 13, 2005

No Package Deal at Arkansas.....Yet

Stories like this amuse me as long as they don't happen at my school. Back in August, highly touted high school quarterback Mich Mustain made a verbal committment to attend the University of Arkansas. He lives in Springdale, Arkansas, so the local boy stays close to home. Nice story.

Last week, things seemed to get even more cozy for Mustain when Razorback head coach Houston Nutt hired Mustain's high school coach, Gus Malzahn, as the Arkansas offensive coordinator. Nutt had never had an OC during his tenure at Arkansas and had come under fire because the offense looked like it badly needed one. This seemed like a nice way to kill the proverbial two birds with one stone--fill that need on his coaching staff and make the new star quarterback feel even more comfortable.

Mustain must not have read this script, played out over and over again in college football and basketball over the decades, because he backed away from his verbal committment and reopened his recruitment. Mustain had every right to do this, but you've got to admit the timing was rather odd. I'm not saying Malzahn is not qualified on his own merits to be a major college offensive coordinator; I don't really know much about him. He'd better be if his quarterback doesn't follow him to Fayetteville.

The seasons of discontent continue in Arkansas football.


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