Evidently Arkansas OC Gus Malzahn, when he was still coaching at Springdale HS, decided it would be fine to let a writer have pretty wide access to the program in the course of writing a book. Gosh, what a good idea that’s turned out to be.
The result is called “Year of the Dog”. Heh. “Dog” is already getting lots of attention – mainly because Mitch Mustain turns out to be an even better book topic than high school quarterback:
… Mustain was at Voigt’s home on that Sunday night after Arkansas’ 2005 victory at Ole Miss when a still picture of Nutt appeared on the TV screen. He heard Barrett ask Nutt if Casey Dick had checked into a play that resulted in a touchdown pass and he heard Nutt respond, “That was a called play, and I called it, Chuck.”
After more back and forth between coach and announcer, Mustain stood up, pointed at the television, and said, “Oh my God, did you hear that? Old ‘H’ has lost it. He has absolutely lost it. How can they let him get away with that? They ought to fire him on the spot. Of course, they’d have a better chance of getting me if they did.”
A few weeks later, Mustain backed out on Arkansas and kept silent about his plan to attend Notre Dame, waiting on a promised scholarship…
And the rest is history, of course.
For anyone worried that there might be some hurt feelings over this, fear not. Houston Nutt says he has no plans to read or discuss “Dog”. But not for the reason you might think:
… Nutt told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he’s already chosen what books he plans on reading this season, and they don’t include Voigt’s book.
“I’m not planning on reading it. I keep two or three good books to read in the season. I’ve got them lined up,” Nutt said…
With all this readin’ and interviewin’ going on in Arky, it’s a wonder they’ve got any time for football. Next season, after HN finishes War and Peace, sure looks interesting…