Remember what a hectic coaching search felt like? As an Alabama fan, you probably should since it happened a year ago. First, we talked to Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, who said thanks but no thanks. After that, we went after Rich Rodriguez, who ended up accepting the deal in the fantasy world of the Birmingham News. But, we had been talking about Nick Saban throughout the entire process, even though he famously said he wasn’t going to be the Alabama coach (I still can’t believe he let himself get backed into a corner like that). It appears we’re not the only school to follow this format.
Today, Arkansas received a rejection from Jim Grobe of Wake Forest. This of course, was after Tommy Bowden of Clemson said no. Starting to sound familiar? I think it mirrors the coaching search for Alabama. Let’s look at the facts:
- Alabama went after Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, who got a contract extension from it. Arkansas went after Tommy Bowden of Clemson (in South Carolina!) who also got a contract extension.
- Alabama then went after Rich Rodriguez of West Virginia, who was reported to have said yes, then back away at the last minute. Arkansas went after Jim Grobe of Wake Forest (both start with Ws, which is odd) who reportedly said yes, then backed away at the last minute.
- Alabama had to suffer through people who weren’t really serious contenders claiming they would not accept the job (remember Jim Haslett? Nobody was even talking about him!). While the Tommy Tuberville situation was more serious than the Haslett rumor, he really wasn’t that big of a target for the Hawgs since he had such a big buyout.
- Alabama wanted Nick Saban throughout the entire search, but had to listen to everyone else claim how he would never leave so quickly just to coach at Alabama. Currently, Arkansas keeps mentioning Butch Davis of North Carolina as a candidate, but everyone is telling them to get over this pipe dream since he is committed to UNC.
If Arkansas is to follow the “Mal Moore Plan” for hiring football coaches, then they should continue to keep Butch Davis on their radar. Just watch out for Butch Davis to be backed into a corner and try to escape by screaming, “I will not be the Arkansas coach!” Am I just reaching for comparisons here? Probably, I’m bored and haven’t posted anything of great value today. But, it is interesting to see how this journey is going for the Razorbacks.