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Ex-coach Nutt: Arkansas touched base about job opening

Field Level Media

November 20, 2019 at 10:44 pm.

Appearing on a radio show Wednesday, former Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the school has contacted him about its current job opening.

Nutt, saying he was called by assistant athletic director Jon Fagg to “touch base” about the position, spoke on KABZ 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock.

The job was vacated on Nov. 10, when Arkansas fired head coach Chad Morris after the Razorbacks went 4-18 in his first 22 games.

Among the current rumored candidates for the position are Memphis coach Mike Norvell, ex-Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and Florida Atlantic University coach Lane Kiffin.

“This is a very important hire and we all, of course, love Arkansas,” said Nutt, who said he thinks the program is “down the road a little bit” in the job search. “And right now, this a turning point. This is going to be very, very important.”

Nutt, currently a CBS Sports college football analyst, was the Razorbacks coach from 1998-2007, when they went 75-48. He began his head-coaching career at Murray State, where he went 31-16 from 1993-96. He also coached at Boise State in 1997 (4-7), and went 24-26 at Ole Miss from 2008-11.

Asked last week by the same radio station if he would take the job if it was offered, Nutt said, “I’d like to, I would, but I’d only want to come back if they want me — if the athletic director (Hunter Yurachek), and the state wants me. It’d have to be that — togetherness. This is a crossroads. This is a big-time decision for the University of Arkansas. This has got to be the right fit.”

The Razorbacks (2-8, 0-6 SEC) play at No. 1 LSU on Saturday. They have lost seven in a row.