FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Houston Nutt
revoked the sideline pass of a family friend over a critical e-mail
she wrote to freshman quarterback Mitch Mustain, and the e-mail
drew a rebuke from Chancellor John A. White, as well.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported in its Thursday editions
that the e-mails were written by booster Teresa Prewett, a Little
Rock physical therapist who helped assistant coach Danny Nutt
rehabilitate after brain surgery in 1998.
The newspaper obtained university documents related to the
e-mails, which were sent to a number of people on Dec. 6 and Dec.
One e-mail was sent to Democrat-Gazette sports editor and
columnist Wally Hall. The other was sent to Mustain, with a copy to
Nutt's wife, Diana. She forwarded the note to a Springdale business
with her own note that said parts of the e-mail about the city of
Springdale and former Arkansas offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn
were "quite funny."
Malzahn was Mustain's high school coach at Springdale before
taking a job at Arkansas. He recently quit to become assistant head
coach at Tulsa.
Nutt told the newspaper that the e-mail was indeed forwarded by
"I did acknowledge, I just found out a couple weeks ago she did
do that," Nutt said.
In January, the university investigated at the behest of
Mustain's mother, Beck Campbell. The newspaper said that Prewett
wrote a letter of apology to Mustain, who was released from his
scholarship, at his request, so he can seek a transfer. Nutt sent a
reprimand to Prewett and White sent a letter to Campbell that
condemned Prewett's e-mail.
Prewett also was told not to have any contact with university
football players, and the school placed a filter on its computer
system to ban her e-mails, the newspaper reported.