Wow, I love the SEC! Maybe not so much for it’s athletics or pageantry, as in the names of the players and coaches…..Yep, the Good Ole Southern Boys.
Take the State of Arkansas for example………….
After graduation Nutt became a graduate assistant for Oklahoma State under head coach Jimmy Johnson. In 1983 Nutt returned to Arkansas and became an assistant coach under his former coach Lou Holtz. In the spring of 1984 Nutt was hired by Arkansas State University as a full-time assistant coach but he spent only four months there before returning to Oklahoma State that summer as a receiver’s coach.
Nutt spent six seasons as an assistant coach for receivers and quarterbacks at Oklahoma State and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1989. During his years at Oklahoma State he coached legendary running backs Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas.
Coach Nutt before an Arkansas Razorback football game.In 1990 Nutt returned to the University of Arkansas as an assistant under head coach Jack Crowe and established a reputation as an excellent recruiter. Nutt remained with the Razorbacks for three seasons and established relationships with Arkansas high school football coaches that would serve him in good stead in later years.
Nutt is the head men’s basketball coach at Arkansas State University. Nutt has held the same position since 1995.
He has led the Indians to the NCAA Tournament once, winning the Sun Belt Conference tournament to secure the conference’s automatic bid in 1999. Arkansas State received a 15 seed, and was eliminated by Utah in the first round.
Nutt has been coaching at Arkansas State University since 1987, when he started as an assistant at the university. Prior to that, he spent two years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.
Nutt played collegiately at Oklahoma State from 1977 to 1982. After graduating, he began his coaching career in the high school ranks as an assistant coach at Stillwater High School.
Pursuant to Mitch Mustain’s transfer to USC, Casey Dick had no real competition for the quarterback position. Some fans were critical of Dick after throwing key interceptions in conference losses against Kentucky (2), Auburn (1), and Tennessee (2), but he held his starting job despite a brief run from backup Nathan Emert. On November 17 in a home game against Mississippi State, he threw a career high 4 touchdown passes and completed 14 of 17 attempts for 199 yards, earning him his first SEC Player of the Week honors. On Friday, November 23rd, Dick led Arkansas to a 50-48 win over top ranked LSU, in which he made key passes to Peyton Hillis on a fourth-and-10 in the second overtime to extend the game and again for a 12 yard touchdown to tie. He finished the year with a QB rating of 129.67, good enough for fourth in the SEC. At the close of the year, Casey Dick held third place in Arkansas school history for touchdown passes with 35 behind Matt Jones with 53 and Clint Stoerner with 57
And the long forgotten………
In college, Dick was a star athlete for the University of Arkansas, where he played quarterback on the football team and was also a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team. In high school, he was a quarterback at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, as well as a sprinter on the school track and field team. Dick currently holds the Southeastern Conference record for most career rushing yards by a quarterback.