Nothing seemed to divide the Arkansas fan base in 2006 like the name of Mitch Mustain.
The good: Mustain was a highly-recruited prospect from Springdale, Ark. After winning numerous player-of-the-year awards, including the 2005 USA Today National Player of the Year, he was ranked the top high school recruit by Scout.com.
Head coach Houston Nutt was coming off a losing season and was facing quite a bit of pressure to right the Razorbacks ship. He responded by hiring a new offensive coordinator in December of 2005, Guz Malzahn. Malzahn was Mustain's high school coach. Many thought that this move would signify a change to a no-huddle spread offense. With Malzahn's hiring, Mustain and three more highly-prized Springdale recruits signed on to play with Arkansas.
Mustain took over starting quarterback duties in the fourth quarter of an opening day beat-down by USC. He was 8-0 as a true freshman quarterback before being benched in favor of Casey Dick in a win over South Carolina.
The bad: The Razorbacks ended the season with three straight losses, including a loss in the Capital One Bowl.
After the season ended, Mustain's parents and the parents of two other players met with AD Frank Broyles to discuss their concerns that Malzahn's offense had never materialized. They were bothered by the run-first style of Arkansas which featured two future NFL running backs in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.
Had the players been lied to? Or were they unable to leave their huge egos and meddling parents in Springdale? Ask five Razorback fans and you will still receive five different opinions.
Mustain asked for and was granted his release from the university. He joined former Springdale teammate Damian Williams at USC. Mustain never started another college game.
Malzahn also left the university, and is now the offensive coordinator for the Auburn Tigers.
As for Houston Nutt...