November 21st, 2012 12:54 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Tags: Bo Mattingly, Boise State, Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson
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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