FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- Longtime Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles is expected to announce his retirement sometime this weekend, a source said Friday.
Arkansas officials had prepared for a time Friday to announce that the 82-year-old former football coach would speak to the university's trustees today, but at midday the school issued a statement that said only that the board would gather.
University spokesmen Tysen Kendig and Steve Voorhies said the school was never sure Broyles would appear before the board. Broyles has not returned telephone calls seeking comment.
A university official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made, told The Associated Press school officials still expected Broyles to say this weekend that he would retire.
A retirement announcement from Broyles would come amid turmoil in the school's football program. - the athletic director recently met with concerned parents of three freshmen. Also, the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator quit and two of the freshmen - including 2005 Parade magazine prep player of the year Mitch Mustain - asked for and received permission to transfer.
Broyles, who is a member of Augusta National Golf Club, became athletic director in 1974 and was Arkansas' football coach from 1958-1976. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 after compiling a 144-58-5 record as a head coach, including one year (1957) at Missouri.