In case we ever forget how much we must appreciate Pete Carroll, I just picked up the news that Houston Nutt announced officially today that Mitch Mustain is now the starter at quarterback for Arkansas following the USC Trojans' 50-14 victory in Fayettefille last night.
Mustain will replace Robert Johnson, who will be moved to wide receiver. (I don’t want to accuse anybody of anything, but what’s with these hick schools moving African-American QBs to wide receiver ... then moving them back when something happens to the white guy?) Here’s what the Nutt had to say for himself:
Mitch (Mustain) has done some good things all through camp. He’s been very accurate. He has shown some very good things under pressure. And then he gets in the game and can execute and take us down the field.So, why the hell didn’t the Nutt name Mustain the starter in the first place? The true freshman did look good throwing a nice pass and scoring on a QB draw after entering the game with 9:40 remaining. But the Nutt is only telling half the story, because Mustain looked like a child a few minutes later, staring down his receiver and throwing into double coverage for a pick.
To be fair, the first thing the Nutt apparently said about the matter at his Sunday press conference was that Johnson handled the situation with a lot of class. But in the same breath, he says:
I really hope he’ll have a true role at receiver and I think he can help us. It’s not all his fault. It’s not one person’s fault, it’s a team game. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions. … You worry about something like that because he works so hard. He cares, he’s a team player. He has done everything we have asked him to do and especially when it isn’t his fault.Of course, it isn’t his fault! It’s the Nutt’s fault. Why put Johnson through spring and summer camp as a QB, then move him out? What makes Mustain more ready now after two series in the fourth quarter of a blowout? Is it because Johnson was at a distinct disadvantage at the start, since the new Arkansas offensive coordinator was Mustain’s high school coach last year? Who is actually coaching the Razorbacks ... the Nutt or the hick fans who booed Johnson before Mustain came in?
The other thing is that the Nutt apparently isn’t being completely truthful about the "team" aspect of his QB situation. The report from the sidelines during last night’s game was that Johnson didn’t speak to Mustain when the kid came off the field. The Nutt is a nut. What a mess!
Thank goodness we have our man Pete Carroll.