UPDATED: Nutt Defends Himself, Program on Little Rock Radio

by Nate Hinkel  on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007 12:01 pm  

From left, Wally Hall, David Bazzel and Tommy Smith.

The gloves are officially off between University of Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt and the sports editor of the state's largest newspaper.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sports Editor Wally Hall took his toughest stand yet on Nutt and the football program's latest woes in his Friday "Like It Is" column, available here.
The column provoked a rare live phone call from Nutt to the KABZ-FM, 103.7, morning radio show, which Hall co-hosts.
Hall's column lists in dramatic fashion the alleged mishaps that tarnished the Razorbacks' 10-4 football season in 2006. Hall insinuated that Nutt blamed much of the drama surrounding the Arkansas football program and its less-than-stellar 2007 recruiting on the media.
"Some of the media, certainly not all, did what real reporters do. They reported," Hall wrote. "So whose fault was it that Arkansas was ranked No. 9 in the SEC [in recruiting]? Apparently no one's."
Nutt, upset, called "The Show With No Name," the morning show on KABZ hosted weekdays by Tommy Smith, David Bazzel and Hall, just before 9 a.m. Friday morning.
"He called in out of the blue," KABZ Program Director Justin Acri later told listeners. "That was an extremely rare occurrence."
Smith, a morning show veteran in the Little Rock market, navigated the awkward moments between Nutt's criticism of the column and sparse retorts from Hall during the live call.
Nutt said he never blamed the media and that many of Hall's allegations were not true, even suggesting at one point that the columnist's sources were relegated to the Internet and a player's mother.
Immediately following the phone call, Hall made it clear that he stands by his column.
Callers to the morning show and the succeeding show "The Zone," hosted by Acri and Nathan Christian, along with message boards are teeming with the recap.
KABZ has posted the call on its Web site here.

More on the Razorbacks, The Buzz and Wally Hall
Like it is : Media not responsible for Razorbacks' mess [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]
Message Board Posts on Hall/Nutt Call [Hogville.net]
Listen Live (player download req'd.) [The Buzz 103.7]
Nutt Defends Program on Talk Radio [Razorbloggers.net]
Wins Are Football's True Bottom Line [Arkansasbusiness.com]
The Buzz Grabs Regular Guys [Arkansasbusiness.com]
Arkansas Business Summary: Talkin' Hawgs [Arkansasbusiness.com Podcasts]
The Hog Call: Nutt Reaches Out and Touches Someone [The Ladder]



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