Danny Nutt Receives Promising Medical News

HOOVER, Ala. -- Former Arkansas running backs coach Danny Nutt received promising news late last week when he was told by doctors that he didn't have any new bleeding from his brain stem, Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt said Wednesday.

Danny Nutt had an MRI and met with his doctor, Gazi Yasargil, in Little Rock last Thursday.
Houston Nutt said his younger brother will have another MRI in around two weeks, but the hope is that Danny Nutt won't need to have brain surgery to correct the recurring problem.
"The doctors, what they're saying (is) there is no fresh bleeding, which is great so they don't have to do surgery right now," Houston Nutt said Wednesday afternoon before addressing reporters on the opening day of the Southeastern Conference's football media days.
Houston Nutt said Danny Nutt, 46, has started doing simple exercises like walking around his house and doing distances up to a half-mile. It's a significant improvement, though, from a few weeks ago when Houston Nutt said his brother had a hard time simply walking to his car.
Danny Nutt resigned as Arkansas' running backs coach July 17 because of his worsening health. Tim Horton, a former Arkansas wide receiver and Air Force offensive coordinator, was hired the following day as his replacement.
"It was good news," Houston Nutt said of his brother's doctor's visit last Thursday. "We've just got to really keep an eye on him."
Danny Nutt had hoped to make it through one more season with the Razorbacks, but his health got to the point where he realized he could no longer coach.
This is the same medical condition that caused Danny Nutt to undergo brain surgery only a few days before Arkansas' 45-31 loss to Michigan in the 1999 Citrus Bowl. The problem recurred in 2000, causing the coach to miss spring practices.
"He just can't coach anymore," Houston Nutt said. "This is just too hard of a job year-round."

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