LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- This time, Arkansas football coach Houston
Nutt ended any uncertainty quickly.
After LSU athletic director Skip Bertman was granted permission
on Tuesday to speak with Nutt about the Tiger coaching vacancy,
Nutt said, he spoke briefly with officials of the Baton Rouge, La.,
school. Then, on Wednesday, he issued a statement saying he had
removed his name from consideration, but was flattered to have been
"At this time, I am very happy at the University of Arkansas. I
plan on being the coach here for a very long time," he said.
At close of 2003 season, Arkansas athletic director Frank
Broyles gave Nebraska officials permission on Dec. 31 to talk to
Nutt about leading the Cornhuskers. Not until three days later, on
Jan. 3 -- after a visit to Fayetteville by the Nebraska athletic
director, and negotiations that resulted in a new contract for Nutt
at Arkansas -- did Nutt publicly announce he was staying with the
LSU is seeking to replace five-year coach Nick Saban, who
accepted a job as coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
Nutt said Tuesday that he would not go through a lengthy selection
Broyles was in Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday and could not be
reached for comment about Nutt's announcement.
LSU has also contacted Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino, who met with the school's representatives
about the Tigers' job on Sunday but declined to say if he expected
further talks, saying he was focusing on the No. 7 Cardinals'
Liberty Bowl game against No. 10 Boise State on Friday.
LSU associate head coach Bobby Williams also interviewed for two hours with athletic director Skip Bertman, ESPN.com's Pat Forde reports.
Auburn's Tommy Tuberville, the AP Coach of the Year, was rumored
to be a candidate at LSU but has said he is not interested in the
job. LSU has declined to comment on speculation about what coaches
it hopes to talk to, but several other coaches are believed to be
on the school's list of prospects.
Arkansas went 5-6 this season with a team ravaged by graduations
and defections by talented juniors who sought their fortune in the
pros. It was the first time in seven seasons the Razorbacks did not
qualify for a bowl under Nutt.
In 2003, Nutt led Arkansas to a 9-4 record and a 27-4
Independence Bowl win over Missouri. After rejecting what he said
was a $2 million offer by Nebraska, he negotiated a new contract
with Broyles that increased his yearly salary from $800,000 to $1.5
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.