Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Nutt Speaks About Allegations

U of A football coach Houston Nutt sent an open letter to KTHV about the allegations that have been circulating the past several weeks. Here's how it starts off:

Recently, unfounded gossip and allegations regarding my private life have occurred on Internet message boards and have been reported by various media outlets. I would like to address those matters directly with the Razorback family.

The speculation and rumors that I have had an inappropriate relationship with Donna Bragg are unfounded and false. Let me be unequivocally clear that the relationship between Ms. Bragg and me is that of a friend and colleague in the community. Any allegation or suggestion that our professional and personal friendship or involvement goes beyond that is false, careless, and purposefully vindictive.
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55 Comments:

At 12:09 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wasn't just to KTVH... it was generic to everyone. Everyone had it. It was released through the University.

 
At 12:35 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KNWA has it right at the 5. The only station that probably didn't run it was Bragg's.

 
At 1:18 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw his cell phone record between him and Bragg. Over 2000 text messages between the two and alot of them late night-early morning. Nice try Houston. You can't cover this one up.

 
At 3:03 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Houston Nutt said...

Charity work, brotha. Charity work.

 
At 3:27 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not have text with that woman!!!!

-HDN

 
At 4:46 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not buying this, either. I don't believe that texting another woman (and doing it in greater numbers when your wife is out of town) especially doing it at 2am represents a 'professional relationship'.

Just my opinion.

Also, I haven't seen Diana Nutt's response that HDN alludes to. Anyone have a link to that?

 
At 8:28 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course KNWA ran it. But they were the only NWA station with the tabloid tastelessness to run it. Nothing surprising there.

 
At 8:52 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Craig O'neal think he has to yell into the mic?

 
At 8:33 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's news if our football coach is a cheating-ass liar. If he worked more on his game plan instead of sending 2,000 text messages to some woman, we might have had a better season next year. Houston is just arrogant.

 
At 8:38 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Houston, if you're thinking of ANOTHER woman more than 2,100 times, something is wrong.

I want to know how many times he texted his WIFE during that same time? I bet very few !!!

 
At 8:44 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The facts are this:
Nutt texted Donna Bragg 229 times between November 30 and December 11.

On November 26, Nutt texted Bragg 56 times. 32 of these texts were between midnight and 12 AM. Nutt’s lawyers claim Bragg spoke with Nutt about her boyfriend being diagnosed with cancer. We buy that, but isn’t a relationship like that ALREADY inappropriate? Should you be discussing intimate details of another woman’s life at two in the morning right after it happens?

Nutt texted Bragg 118 times in the two days leading up to the Capital One Bowl, including one text sent 19 minutes before kickoff.

Nutt sent 2,104 texts to Bragg in from November 2006 to February 2007. In this same period, he sent zero texts to Kody Burns or Lee Ziemba, the two most heralded in-state recruits of 2007.

Nutt also made over 100 calls to Bragg in this same period. Nutt’s camp claims this is through charity work the two had done together.

Bottom line: We’re buying this one. Nutt and Bragg may or may not have been bumpin’ uglies, but this relationship is inappropriate, period. We’d be pissed if Nutt was texting his wife 19 minutes before kickoff and it wasn’t a pressing issue, much less a local TV personality. The relationship is most definitely taking away from his ability to do his job if he’s texting her minutes before a bowl game.

Our conclusion: This whole situation is messed up.

 
At 9:08 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tasteless? I think it's tasteless that a man texts some other chick 118 times in two days !!!!

 
At 9:22 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous floaty mcCanhim said...

What's a grown man texting anyone at all for? Is he 14? I say fire him.

 
At 10:08 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of THV, what is the deal with them using consumer LCD televisions as H-plaz displays? That just looks so cheezy.

 
At 11:54 AM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. Is this the same open letter that katv, klrt, and kark received!? amazing how that works! maybe kthv got a personally hand signed copy! haha!

 
At 12:22 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's really unfortunate that some stations have nothing else to report, what about maintaining some sort of news integrity and how about the stations relationship with the U of A Sports Department?

 
At 12:44 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the stations relationship with the University is more important then covering the news?

I guess we don't do stories on unsolved crime because we don't want to hurt our relatinship with the police department.

Or we don't investigate how car dealers are ripping off some customers with predatory lending and bad cars? Oh....what....they threatened to pull their commercials? nveremind foget I said anything.

 
At 12:49 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if it were real news that would be a different story...

 
At 1:14 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i still think it's awesome that kthv was the only station to receive houston nutt's open letter. what a scoop!

 
At 1:53 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nutt is news -- NEWS is defined as something of interest. Disect it any way you want, but, this is news.

Somehow everything becomes LESS newsworthy when it comes out of Sonsheeray Tonsall's tonsils. She's just the least talented person in this market !

 
At 1:55 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why did Houston text Donna about 19 minutes before the game? Was he offering her some ideas on how to cure her relative's cancer, or giving her fund-raising ideas, or maybe asking for some advice on how to run his offense?

What a crock! Houston is a big liar!

 
At 2:36 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was a called text! I called that text!

HDN

 
At 3:02 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And not one Text to a recruit. NOT ONE! And it's the media's fault Arkansas ahd a bad recruiting class.

 
At 11:42 PM, April 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

sports doesn't matter.

 
At 9:04 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It does in Arkansas since we've allowed our news outlets to try to out-Razorback each other in the quest to be Today's Difference because the Spirit of Arkansas Matters.

Is it right? No. But not one station will scale back their coverage of "The Program" because they do not want to be tagged as being even a smidgen less Razorback than the other guys.

Oh yeah...


WINNNNNNTTTTTTEEEEERRRRRRR STTTTOOOOOORRRRMMMMMM!!!!!!

 
At 9:43 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever. sports doesn't matter.

 
At 9:59 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And none of them pay any attentino to the research that says being the "Home of the Hogs" or "razorback Nation" or "Hog Central" does nothing to influence the viewers.

 
At 11:19 AM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sports doesn't matter.

Murders. Stabbings. Killings.

Now *that's* what matters!


Like it or not, the Arkansas Razorbacks are a multi-million dollar business.

Money matters, so by default, sports matters.

 
At 12:41 PM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey sign me up for that charity work!

But in all seriousness, Houston Nutt has made Arkansas a flat out embarassment. They need to fire him immediately and take his band of goons and huggers somewhere else.

 
At 2:46 PM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The calls to Theresa Pruitt right before she sent the email to Mitch is worse than denying an affair. This is junior high mentality. He can deny all day that he didn't know about it, but we are not stupid. Some people think they are immune to consequences? I'm so great I can get away with anything? It's called arrogance, and it is quite disgusting for a grown adult.

 
At 3:21 PM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Like it or not, the Arkansas Razorbacks are a multi-million dollar business.

Money matters, so by default, sports matters.



Not so fast with the money matter stuff. Porn is a billion dollar industry and it doesn't lead the news. But then again if it did, I'd watch. At least teh first block anyway. After a few minutes it's all the same.

 
At 5:51 PM, April 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The highest paid state employee. Yep.

 
At 9:08 AM, April 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Porn is a billion dollar industry and it doesn't lead the news."

If the biggest porn studio built a studio in, say, Cabot, you bet your bootie it would lead the news.

 
At 9:51 AM, April 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly me thinking that the University of Arkansas was an educational institution, not a sports franchise.

 
At 12:39 AM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The University of Arkansas is absolutely an education institution.

And you are also extremely silly (and too big for your own britches) if you do not believe it is also a sports franchise.

The "Razorbacks" are a multi-million dollar sports franchise.

I know Arkansas Razorback sports (specifically football, basketball, and now even baseball) are not near as 'high brow' as the typical local news stories.

You know: Stabbings, beatings, or "I'm too stupid to see that my car dealership is screwing me" stories.

Let me guess, you're the same guy/girl that blames fast food restaurants for your own obsesity, yet still manages the time to celebrate "Earth Day".

 
At 1:43 AM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I'm just saying that we (the public, the media, and the school itself) focus way too much on sports at the University of Arkansas and not enough on the academics, that's all.

An academic team wins a national competition, and its lucky to get a VO mention, but the football team plays a game (win or lose), and it's worth sending a live reporter out to... and it's not just here, but at LOTS of schools. Does that sound right to you?

 
At 2:01 AM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My old thought is when 10-20 or 70 thousand pay big bucks to see the math team, it would get more than a vo.

 
At 10:52 AM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming you paid taxes, you ARE paying to see the math team.

 
At 11:02 AM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's the dumbest comment ever. No one cares about the math team. That's all the world works.

 
At 12:37 PM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When less than 10% of the football and basketball athletes graduate, it's proof that they aren't there to learn, just play.

Changes need to be made.

 
At 7:48 PM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

-That's the dumbest comment ever.
-No one cares about the math team.
-That's all the world works.

Here is how the "world works."

For everyone but the athletes themselves, football is a form of entertainment. No more or less important that _Three's Company_ or _American Idol_. People also spend big money on tobacco and lottery tickets.

The Math Team designs your machines, keeps track of your money, and "fixes" your presidential elections. My doctor was on the Math Team and so was my priest. Any one _not_ on the Math Team simply has to take the word of those who are when it comes to knowing what is possible in our modern world.

We get news and sports coverage like this largely because media management is cheap and lazy. Stories like this attract a lot of LCD eyeballs and require little effort to create a lot of sound and fury...

 
At 8:24 PM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are obviously mad at the world. Sorry you didn't make the math or the football team.

 
At 8:28 AM, April 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The "news" is also entertainment. I mean you don't see any flat-chested pigs reading the news, do you ???

 
At 1:30 PM, April 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure we do. That movie-review woman who comes on Saturday mornings on KATV!

 
At 3:47 PM, April 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

English majors are newsworthy, too.

They are angst-ridden and generally end up shooting people.



For the guy that is depressed about the lack of coverage of other U of A events: Make your own tv station.

You can even advertise it as a stationt that covers "REAL" U of A news, just to spite those other stations.

Then, after you're $1,000,000, you can go around and shoot everybody, and then conveniently blame them for your problems.

 
At 4:46 PM, April 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The level of negativity in the comments on this site is amazing. I bet some of you are real fun to work with.

 
At 5:47 PM, April 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure we do. That movie-review woman who comes on Saturday mornings on KATV!

Is that the full-figure woman that has a deep voice and will not shut up and let anyone else talk?

 
At 8:34 AM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

English majors are worthwhile as long as they look like Kristin Fisher!!!! I would watch her cover a city council meeting !

 
At 8:35 AM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Some of you are real fun to work with."

We might be negative, but, we don't end our sentences with prepositions !

 
At 9:40 AM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly person!

"Work with" is not a preposition, it is a phrasal verb!

To quote Winston Churchill:
"This is the kind of impertinence up with which I shall not put."

 
At 12:52 PM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Blog Man loves Houston Nutt.

 
At 1:00 PM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wrong... the word "with" describes the location at which that person worked. "With" is another way of saying "alongside." Thus it falls into the category of a preposition.

See the link below.

http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/preposition.htm

 
At 5:02 PM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh...

We've come a long way from the topic at hand, but frankly this is more interesting than discussing famous people's social habits.

http://www.grammartips.homestead.com/prepositions2.html

The money quote:

_ Even usage handbooks commonly employed
_ in high school and college classrooms (e.g.,
_ those published by Harbrace, Little Brown,
_ and Prentice Hall) say quite clearly that it is
_ acceptable to end a sentence with a
_ preposition. The simple truth, as Fowler
_ explains, is that the "preposition" in a
_ phrasal verb is not really a preposition at all,
_ but rather an adverbial particle, and in their
_ attempts to avoid ending a sentence with a
_ preposition, "unskillful handlers of words"
_ commit some real blunders! .

 
At 7:55 PM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just now catching up. I missed a lot it appears. This incident explains why I call it "sexting" messages. Sure there are a few that aren't but when in such abundance it's best referred to as sexting.

 
At 12:41 PM, April 25, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I sent a sex text to one of my friend's wife. She sent a sex text back to me.

 

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