Danny Nutt steps down

Health concerns force Danny Nutt - battling brain stem problems once again - to step down as the University of Arkansas' running backs coach.

Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt knew this day was coming, but he had hoped to put it off for at least another year.

Danny Nutt, Houston's younger brother, stepped down as Arkansas' running backs on Tuesday because of a reoccurring brain condition that has caused constant headaches and made even simple tasks hard to do.

Danny Nutt, 46, had hoped to make it through one more season so he could coach perhaps the nation's best backfield in Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and fellow junior Felix Jones.

But with the possibility of surgery looming because of bleeding in his brain, Danny Nutt came to the realization earlier this week that he could no longer serve on his brother's coaching staff.

"He said, ‘This is the best backfield I've ever had.' He wanted to get to this season," Houston Nutt said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon in the team meeting room.

"But he knew this day was coming. We didn't expect it (so soon), but he's very thankful for the days that he did have. He's had a great career."

With Arkansas set to start fall practices Aug. 4, Houston Nutt said he hoped to hire a new running backs coach in the next two days.

He said he doesn't want to move any of his current assistants into the position, and instead plans to do a quick national search to find Danny Nutt's replacement.

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