Arkansas Man Sues UA Officials Over Prewett E-Mails

Tuesday, April 24th 2007, 9:50 pm
By: News On 6

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- A Montgomery County man has sued top University of Arkansas at Fayetteville officials, saying the leaders didn't do enough to investigate critical e-mails sent by a Little Rock woman regarding the Razorbacks football team.

In his suit, John David Terry claims that Chancellor John White and system President B. Alan Sugg should have done more to investigate e-mails sent by Teresa Prewett, a family friend of football coach Houston Nutt.

Prewett sent an e-mail late last year that was especially critical of freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain, who has since asked for and received his release from the team. Prewett has since apologized for the message.

Nutt gave Prewett an official reprimand and barred her from the sidelines during games after the letter was traced to her.

The suit claims that White and Sugg should have investigated a possible connection between Prewett, Nutt and running backs coach Danny Nutt.

Terry alleges that White and Sugg had a responsibility to initiate an independent investigation, rather than an investigation conducted by the athletic department.

In an open letter issued last week by Houston Nutt, the coach said he didn't know about the e-mail until after it was sent.

"Once again, for the record, I had no prior knowledge of that e-mail and promptly reprimanded Ms. Prewett when I learned of the correspondence," Nutt wrote. "I have respect for Mitch Mustain and wish him the very best in the future."