“It was a very pleasant meeting. There was no confrontation whatsoever.”

The mess at Arkansas just gets better and better.

Evidently, the parents of Arkansas freshman football players Mitch Mustain, Damian Williams and Ben Cleveland met with Razorbacks Athletic Director Frank Broyles last week to discuss concerns about the direction of the football program.

Some of the quotes from the story are wonderful:

“Our boys are used to catching 60 passes a year,” Rick Cleveland said. “They want to go to a college where they get the same opportunity. Whether they’re good enough to do that or not is a whole different question. They have to earn that.

“ They are team players… but they’re saying, ‘Hey, I don’t know if I’ll be happy being in this offense, catching 10 balls a year or 15 and blocking 90 percent of the time.’”

The article notes that only five players in the entire conference had 60 or more catches this season.

It’s amazing to think that anyone in their right mind who has any basic knowledge about football – which I assume these parents believe they do – would believe it makes sense to take plays away from the two best players on the team (one of whom just finished second in the Heisman balloting) and give them to a group of untested true freshmen, one of whom was benched in mid-season.

“…To be honest with you, I don’t think any of the boys want to transfer. They love Arkansas,” Rick Cleveland said. “But as a ballplayer, you want to be used to the best of your abilities…”

Maybe Nutt needs to replace Malzahn with Mr. Cleveland.

Next year looks to be a lot of fun in Fayetteville.


UPDATE: It looks like the fun has already started. Nutt’s given Damian Williams his release from the program.

But everyone else is “excited”. Sure.

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