Nutt Sr. spent 32 years at Little Rock school

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Houston Nutt Sr., the father of head coaches
at a pair of Arkansas universities, died Wednesday, two days after
suffering a stroke. He was 74.

Nutt died at 2:38 p.m. at Baptist Health Medical Center,
hospital spokeswoman Cara Wade said.

Nutt was the father of Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt and
Arkansas State basketball coach Dickey Nutt. Another son, Dennis,
is the basketball coach at Texas State and son Danny is an
assistant football coach at Arkansas.

Houston Nutt Sr. was coach and director of athletics and student
life at Arkansas School for the Deaf. The elder Nutt spent 32 years
at the Little Rock school before retiring in 1987. He was a member
of the school's board of trustees.

In his college years, he played basketball at Oklahoma A&M and
at Kentucky. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame
in 2001. A native of Fordyce, Houston Nutt Sr. has had hearing
problems since he was a child.

The younger Nutt canceled a scheduled news conference Monday to
travel from Fayetteville to Little Rock after his father suffered
the stroke and was hospitalized.

Family visitation at Immanuel Baptist Church is scheduled
between 5 p.m and 7 p.m. Thursday; a public memorial service will
be held at 11 p.m. Friday at the church. Wade said the burial will
be private.

Arkansas Athletic Department spokesman Kevin Trainor did not
immediately return a call for comment.

"He was a wonderful man," said Katie Hodge, administrative
assistant at the Arkansas School for the Blind, which shares a
campus with the deaf school. "I remember his smile and he was
always trying to teach me sign language. He was just a kind man and
always interested in everyone else."