Posted August 22, 2011

Arkansas and Miami: When scandals collide

Houston Nutt, Miami Hurricanes, NCAA, Nevin Shapiro

Houston Nutt reportedly spoke with Nevin Shapiro in 2006 about taking over the Miami program from Larry Coker. (Brad Schloss/Icon SMI)

Wrapping up an eventful first day with a brief but heartfelt celebration of the return of Las Cronicas de Boss Hawg, a development which the good Doctor calls “a Fabergé egg of corruption and insanity.” Indeed, the colors are bright, the lines sinuous, the craftsmanship undeniable: How can the Miami fiasco possibly sustain any more festooning with scandalous ribbons? Try deep-frying the whole contraption in pure Grade-A Houston Dale Nutt oil: Nevin Shapiro reportedly briefly wooed the then-Right Reverend of Fayetteville to take over from Larry Coker in 2006:

According to records, Nutt called Shapiro at 10:17 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2006 and the call lasted 30 minutes. Nutt then hung up and called his agent, Jimmy Sexton, before contacting Shapiro again that same day.

Let it percolate for just a moment that there was at one point an outside chance that Houston Nutt might end up coaching at Miami. In your wildest dreams, just try to imagine the ill-gotten largesse of Shapiro combined with the anarchic energy of Nutt with a horde of underratedly crazypants Arkansas superfans breathing down his neck. I never thought I’d want for more in the Miami story, but “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”

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