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Report: Hogs Reach Out To Dores’ Franklin

You can add another name to the list of Arkansas candidates.  We reported in late-October that our sources had indicated that Gary Patterson topped AD Jeff Long’s wish list.  Then came reports that Jon Gruden was Arkansas’ man.

But as both of those coaches have — reportedly — failed to reach an agreement with the Razorbacks, the name of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is now making the rounds.  Yesterday, ESPN.com’s Chris Low claimed on Bo Mattingly’s syndicated Arkansas radio show that the Hogs had reached out to Franklin.  According to ArkansasNews.com, it’s “not known if the coach is listening to the Razorbacks.”

Long has suggested that he wants to have Arkansas’ search wrapped up by mid-December, but UA fans are starting to grow impatient.  The Hog’s AD chose John L. Smith to be an interim coach in 2012 in order to give himself more time to research potential full-time hires.  While things are seldom as they seem when it comes to coaching searches — note the various rumors/reports regarding Gruden at both Arkansas and Tennessee — perception still matters.

Fans want searches to go quickly and they want big-name results.  If there’s any suggestion that a school is struggling to land it’s first or second choice, panic ensues.  And we begin to get emails from angry fans of that school asking what the heck is taking so long.  Well this week we’re starting to get those types of emails from Razorback fans.

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Report: Patterson Leading Candidate At Arkansas (As We Told You Last Month)

Syndicated Arkansas radio host Bo Mattingly thinks he knows who Arkansas’ next football coach will be… and if he’s right, we won’t be surprised:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other sources are now claiming that they’re hearing the same thing (though it’s hard to trust a man who’s in the business of helping coaches land jobs because you never know when he might just be pimping his own guys).

Look, we’re not going to do a victory lap just yet, but we wrote that Arkansas AD Jeff Long was targeting TCU’s coach back on October 23rd, on October 25th, and again on October 29th.

Now, negotiations could still break down, Patterson could lose the rest of his games this season, or TCU could throw big dollars at him to stay.  Nothing is over until it’s actually over.  But if nothing else it’s evident that our sources on Arkansas’ search were about two weeks ahead of everyone else’s sources.

Stay tuned…

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