Nutt Set To Receive Extension To 2011

FAYETTEVILLE -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt's name has appeared on several unenviable hot seat lists this preseason.

But the eighth-year coach's signature is also close to appearing on a one-year contract extension with the Razorbacks.

Arkansas associate general counsel Scott Varady said the university and its fund-raising arm, the Razorback Foundation, are close to finalizing a one-year rollover of Nutt's contract, which will extend his employment agreement to 2011.

Athletic director Frank Broyles said the commitment to roll over Nutt's contract for an additional year was made last December. But it has taken more than eight months to finalize documents, which are nearing completion.

"That's something that's done routinely," Broyles said Saturday about the one-year rollover. "It's all been done routinely and we did that eight months ago.

"There's no hiding it. We just did it according to the contract."

The finishing touches on Nutt's adjusted employment agreement with the university were completed and sent to the Razorback Foundation last week. The Razorback Foundation now is in charge of amending and finalizing Nutt's guarantee agreement. Both contracts must be completed before being signed.

The decision to roll over Nutt's contract is at the university's discretion every year. Football coaches' contracts typically run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

Nutt said he was told about the rollover last December, shortly after the Razorbacks finished 5-6 and missed postseason play for the first time in his tenure.

Nutt, who was notified that the extension was nearing completion earlier this week, said he was appreciative of the decision.

"I knew it back in December, January, whenever it was," Nutt said Saturday. "But your nose is on the grindstone. You have blinders on. You don't worry about it.

"But you always feel good when coach is going to add another year because of your work ethic and your attitude. And we're not far off."

Nutt agreed to a 10-year deal at Arkansas after the 1999 season, extending his contract to Dec. 31, 2009. He didn't receiver another extension until Dec. 2003 because of Broyles' intention to shorten the length of contracts to five seasons.

Nutt was awarded a one-year extension in Dec. 2003, shortly before he turned down an opportunity to replace the fired Frank Solich at Nebraska. During a press conference in Jan. 2004, Broyles announced he had extended Nutt's contract to 2010. Nutt also reportedly earned a pay raise to $1.4 million annually.

Nutt has been operating under the terms of that agreement even though the contract was never finalized and signed. But that agreement -- which will now include a one-year extension to 2011 -- is expected to be finalized soon.

"I don't worry about it because it's football season and I've got blinders on," Nutt said about his contract. "I just know that (the extension is) going to happen and it's a good thing."

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