Arkansas Revokes Sideline Pass

Thursday, February 15th 2007, 10:53 am
By: News On 6

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt revoked the sideline pass of a family friend over a critical e-mail she wrote to freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain, and the e-mail drew a rebuke from Chancellor John A. White, as well.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in its Thursday editions that the e-mails were written by booster Teresa Prewett, a Little Rock physical therapist who helped assistant coach Danny Nutt rehabilitate after brain surgery in 1998.

The newspaper obtained university documents related to the e-mails, which were sent to a number of people on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7.

One e-mail was sent to Democrat-Gazette sports editor and columnist Wally Hall. The other was sent to Mustain, with a copy to Nutt's wife Diana. She forwarded the note to a Springdale business with her own note that said parts of the e-mail about the city of Springdale and former Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn were ``quite funny.''

Malzahn was Mustain's high school coach at Springdale before taking a job at Arkansas. He recently quit to become assistant head coach at Tulsa.

Nutt told the newspaper that the e-mail was indeed forwarded by his wife.

``I did acknowledge, I just found out a couple weeks ago she did do that,'' Nutt said.

In January, the university investigated at the behest of Mustain's mother, Beck Campbell. The newspaper said that Prewett wrote a letter of apology to Mustain, who was released from his scholarship, at his request, so he can seek a transfer. Nutt sent a reprimand to Prewett and White sent a letter to Campbell that condemned Prewett's e-mail.

Prewett also was told not to have any contact with university football players, and the school placed a filter on its computer system to ban her e-mails, the newspaper reported.