Broyles Says Some Supporters Are "Mad"

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles gave LSU athletic director Skip Bertman permission to talk to coach Houston Nutt about the Tigers' vacancy on Sunday.

But the 80-year-old also gave his seventh-year coach plenty of warning about his interest in another position.

"I told him, when he wanted to talk to (LSU) on Sunday, 'You know you're going to lose some fan support,'" Broyles said. "Any time that you do this and, particularly, two years in a row, you're going to lose some fan support."

Nutt withdrew his name from consideration at LSU on Wednesday after being contacted by Bertman to discuss the position earlier in the week. The flirtation came less than a year after Nutt entered serious negotiations and eventually turned down a job offer to replace fired coach Frank Solich at Nebraska.

Nutt told Bertman he wouldn't take part in an interview process in LSU's search to replace Nick Saban, who was hired by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. But Nutt indicated he would be interested in discussing the position if the Tigers considered him their top choice.

"I just told him, when he was talking to (LSU), that he was hurting us and hurting himself the longer he postponed (his decision to remain in consideration)," Broyles said. "As long as he let it linger on, we'd all suffer. I've heard from some that are mad. But basically, they're mad at him, not at the Razorbacks."

Nutt didn't return phone calls Wednesday night.

Broyles said he spoke with several supporters that were angry with Nutt's decision to look into another job in the last couple days. He believes "15 percent of the people" get mad when a coach considers another position. Added together, Broyles said Nutt might've upset "25 to 30 percent" of the fan base after his name was linked to both Nebraska and LSU the past year.

But Broyles made it clear he's confident Nutt will win back any lost support.

"He's a natural for (the job) and he'll get out and work hard," Broyles said. "Continuity is important. Had he left, we would've gotten a good person and we would've gotten some good coaches. But we would've had to start from scratch.

"That's the risk and that's what always happens when a coach leaves."

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