FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas coach Houston Nutt has asked Razorback fans to continue to support breast cancer charities like the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure.
"We received several calls this week from people saying they were offended by the use of pink jerseys in practice, but none of those came from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure," Nutt said in a statement issued Wednesday.
Nutt had players who were caught loafing during practices wear the pink jerseys. Apparently the organizations' offices had received phone calls from people who said they were withholding their support because of the complaints about the pink jerseys. Nutt said the complaints did not come from either charity.
"The people who were offended apparently are not associated in an official capacity with either one of those two great causes and the work they do," Nutt said.
"The use of the pink jerseys was something we did to get the players' attention and give them a little extra motivation," Nutt said. "It was never meant to discredit anyone and that color will no longer be used."
Nutt said several Arkansas football players have volunteered at the local Race for the Cure and that he urges Arkansans to continue to support the organizations.