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Fans, Supporters Weigh In On Nutt's Resignation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- While ASU continues its coaching search, there is one thing there is no shortage of...and that is opinions.

Next year's basketball season is set to look significantly different for Arkansas State University with a new mascot and a new head men's basketball coach.

With Tuesday's announcement of the resignation of head men's basketball Coach Dickey Nutt, many Indian fans are left wondering what's in store for next season.

"I have mixed feelings about it. I really like Coach Nutt, but I do feel like it's time for a change," said Indian fan Jerry Robertson.  

"I love ASU basketball and the Indians," said fan Betty Smith, "It was kind of a shocking thing to us, but whatever we can do to support the ASU Indians we will do.

"I think it's pretty much his decision, but you know I believe they can still come back and do something good after all of it is over with," said A-State Freshman Josh Gilyard.

"I thought he was a pretty good coach but it was about time for a change though, maybe bring a little more excitement to the program," said junior Jett Jones, "So I think he's a good coach, worked hard and was a great guy but I think it's time a new coach bring a little excitement to the program and get some wins."

And while there is no official word on a new coach yet, there is plenty of speculation circulating in Region 8.

"I have always been a fan of Nolan Richardson, so I would love to see a big name fan of someone like that," said Jones.

"I think that it's kind of a dream, but it's a great dream. It would be fantastic if we could get Coach Richardson. Someone of his caliber is what we need to bring our team up to be competitive in Division I," said Robertson, "It would be great if we could get someone of that caliber and compete and win the Sunbelt Conference and make it back to the NCAA tournament."

Unconfirmed reports say Richardson has been looking for property in Northeast Arkansas for some time now. Nutt started at Arkansas State in 1987 under Coach Nelson Catalina.

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