There are multiple jobs open in the SEC right now, including Arkansas, which relieved Chad Morris of his coaching duties last month. The Razorbacks fired Morris after less than two seasons.
The pressure is on for Arkansas to get this right. Not only are they competing with SEC foes Missouri and Ole Miss for potential candidates, but the program is at a crossroads after multiple poor seasons.
A splashy hire would certainly go a long way, and early reports are that Arkansas is eyeing some noteworthy coaches. According to Trey Biddy of Hawgsports.com, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin are all being considered.
— Trey Biddy (@TreyBiddy) December 2, 2019
Fuente looked to be on the hot seat early in the season at Virginia Tech, but he rebounded to lead his team to an 8-4 record. Campbell’s name is linked to pretty much every Power 5 opening these days, but he might be able to land a better job than Arkansas right now.
Kiffin, as always, is a bit of a wild card. It seems like only a matter of time until he gets another crack at a Power 5 program.
FootballScoop.com also mentions Memphis’ Mike Norvell and Appalachian State’s Eli Drinkwitz as potential names to watch for Arkansas.
The Razorbacks have missed a bowl game each of the last three seasons. Arkansas has not had a 10-win season since 2011.