How Do You Replace An Icon? Arkansas Must Figure It Out

Sunday, February 18th 2007, 5:40 pm
By: News On 6

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Talk has already begun about who will replace Frank Broyles as Arkansas's athletic director.

Most people seemed to agree on one thing that football coach Houston Nutt said: quote, "I feel a little sorry for the next one that comes in -- to step into those shoes," unquote.

Broyles told the university's board yesterday that he will retire at the end of the year, ending a 50-year career at the school. He became the Razorbacks' football coach in December 1957 and remained in that spot through the 1976 season. He became athletic director in 1973.

Fayetteville campus Chancellor John White said the search for a replacement won't involve a committee. White said he will conduct it himself, in consultation with B- Alan Sugg, president of the university system, and Stanley Reed, chairman of the board of trustees. White said limiting the process to a smaller group will help preserve confidentiality.

Jim Lindsey, vice chairman of the board of trustees and a former Arkansas football player, said he's comfortable with the process in the hands of White, Sugg and Reed. Lindsey was, however, willing to provide the name of one candidate he hopes is a possibility – Ken Hatfield, a former Arkansas football coach and player. Lindsey also responded positively when asked about Terry Don Phillips, a former Arkansas football player who has been athletic director at Oklahoma State and now Clemson. Phillips is a former associate athleticdirector for Arkansas.