Mustain receives release to transfer


Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

LITTLE ROCK — Mitch Mustain began his career at Arkansas with eight straight wins as a starter.

And that, apparently, is exactly how he'll end it.

Mustain has received permission to transfer, coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday.

Nutt said Tuesday that Mustain had asked for and been granted his release. Nutt appeared to be holding out hope that the freshman would decide to stay at Arkansas.

"Naturally, I don't want him to go. I want him to stay here."

But Nutt acknowledged he doesn't remember many instances of players changing their minds after being released.

Gus Malzahn, who coached Mustain at Springdale High School in Arkansas, was the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator this season. But Malzahn left Arkansas this week to become assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator at Tulsa.

Mustain was the Parade magazine prep player of the year in 2005.

LSU

Oregon offensive coordinator Gary Crowton is leaving after two seasons to take the same job at LSU.

Crowton said he accepted his new position Monday and expected to be in Louisiana on Tuesday night. He replaces Jimbo Fisher, who left LSU to become the offensive coordinator at Florida State.

Crowton said he has a good relationship with LSU head coach Les Miles and one of his assistants, and is looking forward to returning to a state where he had success. Crowton was the offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech in 1995 and the head coach there for the next three seasons.

"I'm basically going back to the state to work with some guys that I've known and at the same time in a program that I know is one of the top programs in the country," Crowton said.

The Tigers went 11-2 last season and finished No. 3 in the nation after winning the Sugar Bowl.

In other news, All-American defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will return for his senior season.

MINNESOTA

Athletic Director Joel Maturi finalized a contract with Denver Broncos tight ends coach Tim Brewster to be the new coach.

N.C. STATE

The Wolfpack hired former Kentucky defensive coordinator Mike Archer for the same position.

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