Norman Deciding Between Kansas and Tulsa

FAYETTEVILLE — Former Arkansas wide receiver Andrew Norman will make a decision in the next few days whether to transfer to Kansas or join his former Springdale High coach Gus Malzahn in Tulsa, Norman's father said Monday afternoon.

"It's either Kansas or Tulsa. There were some other schools that called, too, but it's basically either Kansas or Tulsa," Robert Norman told The Morning News. "It should be determined no later than Wednesday."

Norman, who is a redshirt freshman, asked Arkansas coach Houston Nutt for a release from his scholarship on Aug. 1. Nutt wanted the wide receiver to reconsider his decision, but Norman opted to leave after one season with the Razorbacks.

Nutt granted Norman the release, allowing the former Springdale High star to speak with other schools. Norman's father said earlier this month that Tulsa was among the handful of schools that his son was considering.

Malzahn, who is in his first season as co-offensive coordinator at Tulsa, led Norman to a state championship at Springdale High in 2005. Malzahn also worked with Norman last season as Arkansas' offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.

Kansas, meanwhile, recruited Norman heavily out of high school. But he turned down the Jayhawks' offer and signed with Arkansas in February 2006.

Three of Norman's former Springdale High teammates — quarterback Mitch Mustain, wide receiver Damian Williams and tight end Ben Cleveland — also signed with the Razorbacks last year.

But Mustain and Williams have since transferred to the University of Southern California, leaving Cleveland as the only one of the Springdale Four to still be at Arkansas.

Norman redshirted last season, and there was no guarantee that he was going to get playing time with the Razorbacks this season. He will have to sit out a year if he transfers to another Division I-A school, like Kansas or Tulsa.

Norman didn't return a message left on his cell phone Monday afternoon. Arkansas compliance director Marvin Caston said Monday that no school has asked Arkansas for paperwork on Norman, which is required for a player to complete his transfer to another school.

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