RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe will
return next season to the Demon Deacons, rebuffing an apparent
attempt to lure him to Arkansas to replace Houston Nutt, a person
close to the program said Thursday.
Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman also told two
newspapers in North Carolina that Grobe would remain at the school.
"I know Jim told me this morning, 'I'm the Wake Forest football
coach, and I'm happy about that,"' Wellman told the News & Record
of Greensboro, according to a story posted on the paper's Web site.
"And I'm hoping he'll be our coach for several years from now."
The Grobe-to-Arkansas rumors started late Wednesday, after a
private university fundraising arm approved a salary supplement for
the Wake Forest coach. But there was no official word from the
university, however, on whether Grobe would replace Nutt, who quit
Nov. 26 and was hired almost immediately by Mississippi.
The person close to the Wake Forest program, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because Grobe was never formally offered the
job, said reports that he would leave Winston-Salem and move to
Fayetteville to take over the Razorbacks were premature.
Jeff Long, Arkansas' incoming athletic director, is handling the
search for a new coach. He takes over as athletic director Jan. 1
after Frank Broyles retires.
Long spoke about the search last Wednesday but hasn't been
available since. He did release a statement Thursday morning.
"The search for a head football coach at the University of
Arkansas is ongoing," Long said. "While I have been involved in
detailed discussions with candidates, no formal offer has been
extended and no agreement has been reached."
Calls to Grobe and Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman
were not returned Thursday.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported Wellman met with Grobe late
into the night on Wednesday, and the coach called the athletic
director on Thursday morning to say he was staying.
"This morning he called with very good news," Wellman told the
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