Arkansas was said to have interest in Lane Kiffin, but lost that battle to Ole Miss, which officially announced the hire after his FAU Owls won the Conference USA title today. The Razorbacks could have another big name target from a small Florida program.
About a month before Kiffin, then the Alabama offensive coordinator, took over the Owls program, Butch Davis accepted the job at FIU. The former Miami and North Carolina head coach hasn’t had quite the same success at FIU as Kiffin had at FAU, but he’s done a nice job with the Panthers program.
In three years, Davis is 23-15 with a 14-10 Conference USA mark. The Panthers won last year’s Bahamas Bowl against Toledo, 35-32.
This season was Davis’ worst at FIU, but the 6-6 campaign featured his biggest win, a 30-24 shocker over his former school Miami.
Last night, it was reported that Arkansas could name interim head coach Barry Lunney Jr. to the full-time job, and that Arkansas native Eli Drinkwitz, the young head coach of Appalachian State, could also be involved.
Davis is a very different option, but according to Bruce Feldman, he could also be in the mix.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 8, 2019
The best argument for Davis would be that he could right a ship that badly needs it. Chad Morris won four games in two years in Fayetteville, failing to win an SEC game during his tenure. The hope would be that Davis would be a Mack Brown-at-UNC type hire for the Arkansas program.
As Feldman notes, Davis is an Arkansas alumnus as well.
Based on everything that’s gone on over the last few days, it sounds like Arkansas has gone back to square one for this coaching search. It has been a rough few years for the Razorbacks, and this coaching search likely hasn’t inspired much confidence.