Houston Nutt denies affair with television anchor


Things are getting so out of hand for Houston Nutt down in Arkansas that he issued a letter to the press concerning internet rumors that he was having an affair and that he was actively seeking higher profile jobs.

First, a little background:

– In December of 2006, disparaging comments previously made by Arkansas QB Mitch Mustain in 2005 about coach Nutt were published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
– Family friend Teresa Prewett then sends an email to Mustain addressing him as the “Interception King” and calling him a “little boy” and a “fag”. (You can read the timeline and entire email at Hog Blogger.)

– Mitch Mustain uses the Freedom of Information Act to request the telephone records of Houston Nutt.
– Everyone gets suspicious when it’s revealed Nutt text messaged a cute blonde television anchor over 1,000 times.

First, Nutt asserts that he remains “committed to our players, our fans, and the Razorback program’s tradition of excellence and success.” Well, that’s fine but we have heard that one before. No one trusts coaches after what Nick Saban did at Miami. Second, Nutt also addresses the rumors that he was having an affair:


The speculation and rumors that I have had an inappropriate relationship with Donna Bragg are unfounded and false. Let me be unequivocally clear that the relationship between Ms. Bragg and me is that of a friend and colleague in the community. Any allegation or suggestion that our professional and personal friendship or involvement goes beyond that is false, careless, and purposefully vindictive.


My communications with Ms. Bragg have concerned her work as a professional fundraiser for a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services to the developmentally disabled, her insights regarding the media, words of condolence and support regarding the loss of my mother-in-law after her battle with cancer, and information relating to her close friend who was diagnosed with cancer.

Translation: “Look, dickheads, my mother in law died of cancer and I was supporting a friend who had a friend with cancer. So back off.” You see what Nutt did there? Well played.

Links:
[Arkansas Online]: Nutt defends text message traffic in open letter

[Hog Wired]: Houston Nutt Open Letter to Razorback Fans

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  1. anonymous | Apr 18, 2007 | Reply

    Might want to check a fact or two — The comments by Mustain were made in late 2005, to Kurt Voigt, who wrote a book called “Year of the Dog,” chronicling Springdale High School’s 2006 State Championship.  The quote, which referred to Houston Nutt as a dork, was in the book, and the excerpt appeared later.  The comments were made before Mustain had signed with Arkansas.

    Thought I would clarify.

  2. Vin | Apr 18, 2007 | Reply

    right — I meant to say that the comments were published in the Gazette in December 2006.

    thanks

  3. Scrap | Apr 18, 2007 | Reply

    Please go away — Once Bill Clinton left office I didn’t think we’d have to deal with this much press about a public figure from Arkansas ever again.

  4. matt Jordan | Apr 18, 2007 | Reply

    Mustaine… — is a moron, and his parents need help.

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