Nutt Sr. In Critical Condition

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt's father, Houston Sr., is in critical condition at a Little Rock hospital after suffering a stroke Monday morning.

Little Rock Baptist Health Center spokesperson Cara Wade said Nutt Sr., 74, remained in one of the hospital's critical care units late Monday afternoon. Wade declined to release more information about his condition, citing federal privacy laws.

But Arkansas sports information director Kevin Trainor confirmed that Nutt Sr. suffered a stroke.

Nutt was scheduled to hold a press conference Monday, two days after Arkansas concluded spring practice. The press conference - to overview spring workouts - was canceled Monday morning after Nutt Sr. was hospitalized and Nutt traveled to Little Rock to be with his family.

Nutt Sr., a Fordyce native, was a standout football and basketball player at Fordyce High during the late-1940s. He also played college basketball for legendary coaches Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) and Hank Iba (Oklahoma A&M, now Oklahoma State).

After his collegiate career, Nutt Sr. and his wife, Emogene, taught at the Arkansas School for the Deaf in Little Rock for 32 years. Nutt Sr. also worked as the athletic director and basketball coach during his tenure at the school.

Nutt Sr. was recognized for his achievements as a coach and athlete when he was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

But Nutt Sr. may have earned his largest claim to fame as the father of Arkansas' famous coaching family. All four sons work as college football or basketball coaches, and the family was featured in a Sports Illustrated article in 1999.

Houston, his oldest son, has compiled a 53-33 record in seven seasons at Arkansas and works with Danny (running backs coach). Dickey and Dennis coach basketball at Arkansas State and Texas State, respectively.

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