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Fundraising group approves supplement for Wake Forest's Grobe

LITTLE ROCK -- A University of Arkansas private fundraising
arm approved a salary supplement Wednesday for Wake Forest coach
Jim Grobe, a strong indication that Grobe will replace Houston Nutt
as the Razorbacks' coach.

There was no word from the university, however, on whether Grobe
would replace Nutt, who quit Nov. 26 and was hired almost
immediately at Ole Miss.

The Razorback Foundation raises funds privately for Arkansas
athletic programs and pays coaches amounts far beyond their regular
state salaries. Nutt, for instance, made $330,000 annually from the
state but had a compensation package worth $1.5 million a year --
much of the extra coming from Foundation funds.

Ralph Bradbury, a member of the Razorback Foundation's board of
directors, confirmed Wednesday night that the foundation had
approved a deal for Grobe. He said he couldn't confirm for sure
that Grobe's hiring was final because that issue remains in the
hands of athletic director Jeff Long and Grobe himself.

"There's absolutely no way I could confirm that it's a done
deal," Bradbury said.

The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas reported on its Web site
Wednesday night that Grobe would likely be introduced Thursday as
Arkansas' coach.

Grobe and Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman did not
immediately return calls seeking comment.

Part of Bradbury's hesitation to confirm Grobe's actual hiring
might stem from Arkansas' search for a basketball coach earlier
this year. The Razorbacks hired Dana Altman, who changed his mind
and went back to Creighton the next day.

"You can have a press conference and still not be the coach,"
Bradbury said.