Earlier this season, the Arkansas Razorbacks fired Chad Morris before he could finish his second year as the head coach. With the coaching search officially underway, a new candidate is being linked to the job.
There have been rumors about Arkansas pursuing Gus Malzahn, but there isn’t really any validity to it right now. Another potential candidate is Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, who reportedly has more interest in the opening at Florida State.
While the Razorbacks continue to search for their next coach, the latest name to find his way into the conversation is Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente.
Fuente is currently in his fourth season as the head coach of the Hokies. During that span, he’s won 33 games and taken the program to a bowl game each year.
College football reporter Dan Wolken has heard talk about Fuente being a potential target for Arkansas.
From USA Today:
One name that has consistently come up as a potential target is Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente. Though Arkansas would be a tougher place to win, Fuente has deep family ties nearby in his native Oklahoma and could get away from a Virginia Tech fan base that hasn’t completely appreciated how difficult a job he faced after Frank Beamer let the program slip over his final few years. Arkansas could undoubtedly offer Fuente more than the $4 million a year he currently makes
Virginia Tech is currently 8-3 this season under Fuente.
Arkansas desperately needs an innovative mind that can restore the program back to its winning ways. Perhaps, Fuente is the right coach for the job.