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Some folks are just plain 'Nutt-y' - Anthony Rhoads

Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt had a unusual way of dealing with players caught loafing during practice – he made them wear pink jerseys.

But that way of dealing with slothful players is going by the wayside because it's 'offensive'.

According to an Associated Press report, people complained to Nutt after seeing players in the pink jerseys and were offended. They were offended because breast cancer survivors and their supporters often wear pink ribbons.

"That's the last thing I want to do, is to offend a cancer victim, I know how strong and brave they are," Nutt said to The Associated Press. "That was the last thing on our mind was to discredit somebody who has shown a lot of toughness. I've had members of my family who had cancer."

When I saw the article, I was flabbergasted.

How is that offensive to breast cancer survivors? Maybe I am overlooking something but I can't understand why that would be offensive.

Nutt is just calling out those players as 'sissies' and it's a motivational tool for his players to work harder.

I don't think it's the best policy in the world. I think making the players who are goofing off run laps or do extra drills would be a more effective way to motivate players but if Nutt wants to make them wear pink jerseys, then that's his business.

The folks who were offended need to get lives. There are more important things to worry about than whether a college football coach makes his players wear pink jerseys or not.

Good luck, Bill: In sports journalism, there's nothing like a good photograph and one of the best at capturing those moments is Bill Yoder at the News-Daily and Daily Herald.

Yoder is one of the best sports photographers in the state of Georgia. One look at the wall in his office gives you an idea of how good he is as it is lined with many, many awards he has won over the years.

There have been many times over the years when we have been putting the sports section together that we have looked at his photographs in amazement. He truly is a talented sports photographer.

For 16 years, Yoder has been a constant at local sports events and has logged many miles going to countless games to help chronicle local athletes' exploits on the field of play. But Yoder won't be on the sidelines clicking away with his camera any more as he is leaving the paper to pursue other career interests.

It's often said that a photograph is worth a thousand words but Yoder deserves a thousand words of thanks for what he has brought to the Daily sports section over the years.

Anthony Rhoads is a sports writer for the Daily and his column appears on Wednesdays. He can be reached at arhoads@news-daily.com .