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JOHN BRUMMETT: Poor state? Psshaw!

By John Brummett

This article was published December 7, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

The University of Arkansas was in the process of being played like a cheap fiddle. It was offering a reported $50 million over seven years to make Gus Malzahn the fourth-highest or fifth-highest-paid coach of a college football team.

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TimberTopper says... December 7, 2017 at 5:08 a.m.

Good one, John. Careful there as the rich like control and contracts. What they can't control, they might be willing to put a contract out on! LOL!

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drs01 says... December 7, 2017 at 8:56 a.m.

The end of the world must be at hand. For the 2nd time this month, I agree with JB. I would add that the UofA-Northwest Arkansas is delusional if they think that $3.5 million will buy them anything better than 8-4. I see at least 4 West losses every year, maybe more.

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PopulistMom says... December 7, 2017 at 9:15 a.m.

Another good JB column. While I always root for the Razorbacks unless they play one of my alma maters, it is distressing to see how much time, energy, and money is spent on the Razorback football team. The status of the team takes up more ink on the ADG pages than just about any other topic. We definitely should be worrying more about quality education and jobs and less about the team.

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GeneralMac says... December 7, 2017 at 9:23 a.m.

All three of the above posters ( and JB) are free to donate as much money as they want to the academics at the university.

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drs01 says... December 7, 2017 at 9:28 a.m.

The University of Arkansas is a tax-payer supported institution. Those tax dollars we all contribute go towards academics, not sports programs.

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al52 says... December 7, 2017 at 9:51 a.m.

Good job John, I wanted Gus but NO coach is worth that type of money, even If he's coming from AL back home to AR.

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glh05230944 says... December 7, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

The tax bill scam should be factored in as favorable to U of A's football program. The tax break for the very rich alumni will allow them to increase their contributions to their alma mater's athletic programs. As for graduate programs, which the tax scam will extinguish, what university needs them as long as it has a winning football team?

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GeneralMac says... December 7, 2017 at 10:45 a.m.

al52...........and no pro athlete is worthy of those high salaries.

However, since I ,as a tax payer, don't have to pay those salaries ..........have at it .

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GeneralMac says... December 7, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

A lot of people upset over coach's salaries paid by private donors.

Yet no one upset that the Razorback's refusal to play the Red Wolves results in an out of state team collecting close to a MILLION $$$$$$$$$$$ ?

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Jfish says... December 7, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

Good point Generalmac. John, we are the Romans, our lives revolve around entertainment and in Arkansas the pigs are king, so no amount of money is too much. I just don't understand how they can keeping justifying adding on to the FB stadium. Maybe the new coach and AD will be smarter about playing ASU and playing a game or two in LR. If the boosters and Razorback Foundation would leave them alone, they would probably make smarter decisions.

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