Part 3 in ESPN’s series on As Fayetteville Turns focuses on UA Athletic Director Frank Broyles. The football coach, Houston Nutt, loves him some Coach Broyles.
“Frank Broyles is the best,” football coach Houston Nutt volunteers, without being asked. “He’s the best athletic director because he understands what a coach needs. And he’s a dying breed, and that’s what upsets you the most. That they had a lot to do with his decision of standing down. …
“It bothers me. It bothers me a bunch. I don’t think it will ever diminish — his accomplishments overshadow everything that’s going to happen. This little stuff won’t affect what he’s done. This building will still have his name on it. The tradition, the caring of his athletes, that’s going to keep going. His legacy will be phenomenal. But what hurts is to think that he stepped down because he thought this was the time to do it. I just wish things would have been different.”
UPDATE: Jim Harris over at Arkansas Business blogs that these and other stories on the UA saga are being promoted by Nutt as damage control for the ire his stirred up in Springdale and frequently include accounts about his own history at variance with the facts, such as the real reason he departed in such a hurry while a player at Arkansas.