Scott’s List of Razorback Head Coaching Candidates [POLL]
As Jeff Long continues his coaching search, there's no shortage of names being mentioned as possible replacements for Bobby Petrino. Here's my list of guys who I feel are being considered. Take the poll: Who do you think will be the next Razorbacks head coach?
Garrick left Arkansas back in January to become the head coach at University of Alabama-Birmingham but many have speculated that Jeff Long is trying to bring him back. McGee is a great offensive coordinator, but has no real head coaching experience (3 months at UAB doesn't count).
John Daly has started the Gruden crusade, tweeting: "From here, I think we will need a great coach like him to continue our winning ways! I myself, would hold out for a great NFL coach---GRUDEN!".. He sent another Twitter message to Jeff Long saying "@jefflongUA still strong behind Gruden as i still think he would be the man to take us to that level! #WooPigSooie". Gruden says that he's talked to Daly about the job, but hasn't been contact by the UA yet. (Mr Long, what are you waiting for??). The ESPN "Monday Night Football" analyst has been out of coaching since 2008 when he was fired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, but still holds coaching clinics. He's down to earth, but extremely knowledgeable and his enthusiasm is contagious. This is my choice without a doubt.
Here's another former NFL head coach, who is currently on the beach, who has been reported to be interested. The former Niners and Lions coach has only has limited college experience, serving one year as Cal's head coach where he went 6-6. He did pretty well with the Niners, but his last job in Detroit was not kind to him. But, it is Detroit we're talking about here.
Lou's boy is down in South Florida now and says he has no interest in the Arkansas job (as if that means anything), but his name keeps popping up as a candidate. Skip is familiar with the area, since he spent his teen years in Fayetteville where he played quarterback for Fayetteville High. He has 12 years of head coaching experience and served as offensive coordinator under his father at both Notre Dame and South Carolina.
There's still a certain faction of Razorback fans who are lobbying to bring Gus back as head coach. I don't think this is the right time for that for a number of reasons, but to many he's the man so I'm sure he's getting consideration. Gus has yet to coach a game at Arkansas State, so not sure he would want to leave there just yet. Like McGee, the biggest knock on him is he has no head coaching experience yet. Stranger things have happened though.