I recieved the following from Reganite… (all emphasis that is added was added by him)…
The demonstration of fan backlash in the form of flying banners is the unfortunate culmination of a number of things. Ultimately, the decision to fly the banners was precipitated by a perceived unwillingness to act by those with the power to do something about our floundering football program. While we are hopeful that the winds of change are blowing, given the reluctance to act that the fans have witnessed for some time now, the banners were felt to be necessary to indicate the degree of dissatisfaction among the fan base and to encourage those in positions of authority to act judiciously and swiftly.
The banners in no way, shape or form are intended to address the performance or effort given by the players. That should be evident by the choice of wording on the banners. The banners represent a fan base that is critically fractured. In our opinion, the majority of the fan base has lost confidence in Houston Nutt and believe new leadership is necessary.
No reasonable person could deny that Houston Nutt has been given every opportunity imaginable to engineer an acceptable football program at the University of Arkansas. His performance is unacceptable in two critical areas:
(1) Lack of success and progress on the field and
(2) Failed leadership off-the-field.
Lack of success on the field:
Record…38-39 in SEC in a decade,
No BCS Bowls
No SEC Championship in multiple tries
2-5 bowl record
Blown chances to move up a level particularly in ’98, ’03, ’06 and ’07
No need to recount all the issues, but here are a few:
A 5 star quarterback was run off at the hands of close personal friends of the head coach and his wife, a 4 star receiver felt the need to leave because of things going on the program, and a highly talented Offensive Coordinator of the year was run off by the head coach.
All three of those assets would have been real handy to have this year.
Just this week an email alleged to have been written by the head coaches wife surfaced indicating she wished she could have been a part of a group that beat the 5 star quarterback’s mother with a 2×4 in 2002. Conduct such as that, if true, can not be allowed represent Arkansas. It demonstrates a hostility that had to have been instilled in her from someone. Many suspect it was her husband, the highest paid employee in the state, that instilled such hostility.
When you add the fact that we finish near the bottom every year in passing and every quarterback that has played under Nutt has regressed and gotten worse as time went by, it becomes clear there are plenty of on the field and off the field reasons for this state to look for new leadership for a program that deserves the very best.
The banners are a plea from fans that have been long ignored and brushed aside by those that think it is OK to employ a mediocre coach to oversee the finest sports facilities in America.
It’s time that Arkansas employed a Head Coach and staff that lives up to the monuments of sports excellence along Razorback Road.
The fans behind the banners