Judge Dismissed Lawsuit Against UA Officials

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - A lawsuit against University of Arkansas officials stemming from a critical e-mail sent to former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain has been dismissed by a Washington County judge.

Circuit Court Judge Mark Lindsay ruled yesterday in the case brought by John David Terry of Mt. Ida, who alleged that public money was misused when university chancellor John White had Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt investigate the e-mail.

The judge said "I have not been shown any reason that a state court should interfere in the administration of the football program or athletic program."

Terry sued White and UA system president B. Alan Sugg.  He alleged that White should not have had Nutt investigate the e-mail because it was sent by a family friend and Razorback booster Teresa Prewett.  Terry also claimed that White was obligated to follow NCAA rules that protect student athletes from harassment.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)