Thursday, April 5, 2007

Mitch Mustain's mother is a shrieking harpy... right?

One of the first things you learn when you become a lawyer, if you haven't already learned it in law school (or earlier), is that there are always two sides to a story, and often more. Sometimes, when you only hear one side of it, or only know parts of the story, one side appears to be almost monstrous in its wrong-headedness.

Then you hear the rest of the story.

If you haven't heard the story, the basic narrative goes like this. Mitch Mustain was a 5-star quarterback out of Springdale High School in Arkansas. He was one of the very highest rated recruits of the 2006 class. He was also a local boy for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Unfortunately for the Razorbacks, he wasn't a lock for Arkansas. to make matters even more complicated, he had a couple high school receiver teammates who were also D-1 calibre recruits, all of whom Arkansas wanted to sign. As a gimmick to help get them signed, they hired the kids' high school coach to be offensive coordinator. He was known for his wide open passing style as a high profile high school coach.

Mustain and the rest signed with Arkansas. Their freshman year was last year. Mustain started about half the season, splitting time with Casey Dick. The team had its most successful season in quite some time based on the strength of its awesome rushing attack behind Heisman runner-up Darren McFadden and Felix Jones (possibly the 2nd best running back in the conference behind McFadden). Mustain? Wasn't very effective. But he did win ever game he started (an overrated statistic for a QB, in my opinion).

At the end of the regular season, Mitch Mustain's mother and the other Springdale parents held a meeting with the Arkansas athletic director to complain about the team's style of play, claiming they didn't pass enough. This meeting eventually got out into the public knowledge, drawing intense criticism from all corners. Parents shouldn't be controlling how a D-1, BCS school runs its teams, should it? Mustain and his mother became a laughing stock. He eventually left the team, along with at least one of the other Springdale players. The high school coach, Gus Malzahn, also left after one year to go to Tulsa.

Like I said earlier, that's one side of the story, with incomplete information. Read the link above to the rest of the story. I don't know if his account is true or not, but I know that things are almost never how they initially seem.

You almost can't just quote from the article posted above. You have to read it as a whole. Upon doing so, you get the following story:

Houston Nutt hired Gus Malzahn strictly as a gimmick to sign the Springdale players, lying to them all along about his intentions with respect to the offense. He deliberately set up Malzahn to fail by running his offense against USC, one of the best teams in the country, and declaring it a failure immediately. He then stripped Malzahn of most responsibility for the offense and reconverted the team back to a strict pro-style running team. To make matters worse, he burned Mustain's redshirt in order to stem the tide of criticism against HIMSELF. Mustain wanted to redshirt all along to get five years in the system. Nutt then proceeded to sabotage Mustain's development by refusing to allow Mustain to run passing drills in practice, despite the fact that Mustain was the starting QB. This lack of respect even extended to the equipment manager, who refused to provide Mustain with well-fitting shoes, leading to blisters and back problems. Mustain's relationship with Nutt deteriorated steadily over the course of the season, as did the relationship between Malzahn and the rest of the team.

In the end, Malzahn was coordinator in name only. Mustain was wanted only for his name, while his talent was resented and his skill undeveloped. Then came the meeting with the AD, which was to discuss many topics, including the disrespect shown to the players and the lies told to them. The whole thing was supposed to be confidential, but this confidentiality wasn't kept, and information was released, selectively, to make the Springdale parents look as bad as possible. After all, how can they complain about not passing enough when McFadden and Jones were so good?

Anyway, give it a read. You won't regret it.


Anonymous said...

Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave
it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to her
ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.
She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell
Here is my website teen porn post

Anonymous said...

hello!,I love your writing very so much! share we keep up a correspondence extra approximately your article on
AOL? I require an expert on this area to resolve my problem.
May be that is you! Looking forward to look you.
My site -

Anonymous said...

What's up Dear, are you in fact visiting this site regularly, if so after that you will absolutely take pleasant knowledge.
Here is my site : freeporn

Anonymous said...

Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say
that I've truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I'll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!
Feel free to surf my web page : teen porn

Anonymous said...

This text is priceless. How can I find out more?
Here is my web page Jaz Brutalizing BJ 2

Anonymous said...

I know this if off topic but I'm looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get setup? I'm assuming having
a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I'm not very internet savvy so I'm not 100% positive. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Here is my web site ... chicas de foto penetradas porn

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading through a post that can make men and women
think. Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!
Feel free to visit my weblog - contractors in Orlando

Anonymous said...

I must thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this site.
I really hope to see the same high-grade content from you later on
as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own, personal blog now ;)
Here is my blog post

Anonymous said...

Normally I don't learn article on blogs, however I would like to say that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.

Feel free to visit my page :: hottest brands of electric cigs
Also see my website - physical urges to smoke

Anonymous said... - Learn how to turn $500 into $5,000 in a month!

[url=]Make Money Online[/url] - The Secret Reveled with Binary Option

Binary Options is the way to [url=]make money[/url] securely online

Anonymous said...

Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a very well written article.
I'll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I'll certainly comeback.

My web site - safco tables

Anonymous said...

Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog thus
i came to “return the favor”.I'm trying to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

My blog; Fityemek

Anonymous said...

My brother suggested I would possibly like this web site.
He was totally right. This submit truly made my day. You can not believe
simply how much time I had spent for this information!

Here is my web site ... electrician katy tx.

Anonymous said...

Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time
and actual effort to make a great article… but
what can I say… I hesitate a whole lot and don't seem to get anything done.

Feel free to visit my homepage - Free Teen Porno

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that's both educative and
interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head.

The problem is something not enough folks are speaking intelligently about.
Now i'm very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for something relating to this.

My weblog: http://www.Xxxmoviegalls.Com

Anonymous said...

I wanted to thank you for this fantastic read!! I definitely
loved every little bit of it. I've got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you post…

My website:

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I could have sworn I've been to this blog before but after checking through some of the post I realized it's
new to me. Anyways, I'm definitely happy I found it and I'll be
bookmarking and checking back frequently!

My weblog ::