Several members of the “Springdale 5″ aren’t happy with the way Houston Nutt controlled the [tag]Arkansas[/tag] offense and they’re getting mommy and daddy to complain about it. Rumors of trouble in Fayettenam starting swirling last week on the message boards but now the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has a story on it as well. The parents of quarterback Mitch Mustain and WR’s Damian Williams and Ben Cleveland apparently thought the offense should be tailored around them as true freshmen so they went above head coach Houston Nutt’s head to athletic director Frank Broyles. There’s some pretty interesting quotes in the article:
â€œThe reason for the meeting was very simple,ï¿½? Rick Cleveland said. â€œWe wanted to know what is the direction of Arkansas’ football program ? Are we eventually going to get to Gus’ offense ? Or are we going to stay with the way we are at present?ï¿½?
The way you are at present? You mean in the SEC Championship Game and having a chance for a national title in the final weeks of the season?
â€œWith our kids going to Arkansas, itâ€™s basically like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole,ï¿½? Rick Cleveland said of the offense. â€œWhen Gus came onto the scene, the very first question we would ask was, â€˜Do you have full control of the offense and do you have full control of the personnel ?â€™ Which we were told, â€˜Yes.â€™
â€œI donâ€™t believe Gus lied to us. But as the season has progressed, itâ€™s very obvious that this is not Gus Malzahnâ€™s offense and Gus does not have full control of the personnel or the play calling.
â€œFrom our perspective – and itâ€™s only our perspective – it seems as if youâ€™ve been sold a bill of goods.
â€œWe never would have committed here knowing that this was the offense, because we knew our boys wouldnâ€™t be happy.ï¿½?
I can’t believe they’re actually publicly complaining about an offense that resulted in one of Arkansas’ best seasons in many years, made running back Darren McFadden the Heisman Trophy runner-up, and is getting offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn national honors as a coach. This is an incredible display of immaturity and selfishness and I can’t believe these kids parents are supporting it. Clearly they think their stats are more important than the team winning.
Damien Williams has already asked for and been granted release from his scholarship and will be transferring from Arkansas. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mustain and Cleveland followed him, though they’re currently saying all the right things and that they’re going to be Razorbacks for three more years.
All this drama is definitely entertaining for Longhorn fans and I hope things only get worse.