|I’m not a bird brain.And, No, the headline isn’t a reference to College Football’s latest cutesy, overplayed nickname.Instead, it is a tweet of sorts to the rarest of birds in the College Football World–the proverbial “Home Run Hire”.
I keep hearing radio show callers and message board posters suggesting there is shame or inferiority involved if Arkansas doeesn”t make a “Homerun Hire”—presumably defined as an established, “name” coach from a BCS school or the NFL–when it hires the next Head Coach of the Razorbacks.
Arkansas is actually one of the few programs that has hired a big name, recently, but chances are it won’t happen, again, simply because it rarely happens, anywhere.
The fairly recent Nick Saban (Alabama) and Bobby Petrino (Arkansas) hires were very similar (coaches learning quickly the NFL wasn’t for them). Urban Meyer to Ohio St was seemingly inevitable from the minute he left Florida.
Almost immediately following the ouster of Jim Tressel at Ohio State, Meyer, a native of Ohio, was linked to the job. The 2011 season under interim head coach and former Buckeye Luke Fickell allowed Meyer to take a break and heal his broken heart after Tim Tebow ascended to the NFL. It also gave Meyer a chance to slink away from a program that was quietly slipping a bit and reemerge as Ohio’s favorite son.
(Now that I think about it, Ohio State’s situation was somewhat similar to Arkansas’ current predicament (PRONOUNCED pre-ditch-a ment), but I just don’t see a current star in the profession with major Arkansas ties pining for the title of Head Hog.)
Other than those three coaches, what “name”, established Head Coaches have recently been hired away from major schools or the pros?
The key for Arkansas is to identify and hire the best fit for the program.
“Can’t miss”es can miss (Charlie Weis) and Ho-Hum Hires can thrill (Pete Carroll, Les Miles & Gene Chizik).
Before you scour Arkansas’ potential head coach candidate pool and label it as sludge, remember that (if an established, “name” head coach without baggage of some sort is a must) many of the blue bloods of College Football have been gone skinny dipping the supposed dirty water, lately, too.
|Notre Dame–Brian Kelly (Cincinnati), Weis (career asst.)
MI–Brady Hoke (San Diego St./Ball St.)
FSU–Jimbo Fisher (career asst)
Miami–Al Golden (Temple)
Florida–Will Muschamp (career asst)
Tennessee–Derek Dooley (La. Tech)
USCW–Lane Kiffin (12-21 as a NFL & CFB HC when hired)
LSU–Les Miles (28-21 in 4 seasons at Ok St.)
Ok St.–Mike Gundy (no HC experience)
Auburn–Gene Chizik (5-19 at IA St.)
Oregon–Chip Kelly (career asst–most exp. as OC at New Hampshire)
Stanford–David Shaw (career asst.)
WVU–Dana Holgorsen (career asst.)
Texas A&M–Kevin Sumlin (Houston)
Thanks for reading.
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Posted by Adam Butler on July 11, 2012