All was mostly quiet on Friday when it came to the Arkansas Coaching Search. Reports leaked that Auburn has offered Tuberville a 2 year contract extension that would bring his average yearly salary thru 2012 to 3.3 million a year. Arkansas has reportedly offered $3.7 Million a year for 10 years. Tuberville avoided Alabama press today when he returned from a one day hunting trip to West Helena, Arkansas. Chancellor John white emailed The Morning News with the following to say…
“Jeff will take the time necessary to secure a highly qualified head coach for our football team,”
“He is keeping me fully informed, and I am pleased with his progress.”
KNWA-TV Broke into programming tonight to report that multiple sources told them that Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville is going to be the next head coach at Arkansas. The rest of the sports blogosphere is running with the story eventhough KNWA plainly states nothing has been signed and it’s all subject to change. The Slophouse blog has a few tidbits they’re trying to tie together about a cotton farmer/booster in West Helena and a hunting trip Tuberville just embarked on. The 12 year old in me squeals with excitement at the thought. The 27 year old man remembers the “Gillispie to Arkansas” stories just months ago. I’ll trust my older self and will wait to break open the bubbly on this “news”…
UPDATE: The Slophouse has confirmed that Tuberville was on that plane and was in Stuttgart Thursday. (see link below)
Fanblogs.com (Orignators of the KNWA video)
The Morning News
Outside of the Future Coaching Search….
McFadden’s NFL decision will wait a little longer. CSTV and KTHV will be reairing the ARK/LSU game (CSTV-Fri/KTHV Saturday night after the SEC title game and the News). Darren McFadden Named to AFCA All-American Team. 4 Hogs Named To Rivals All-American Squads. Jonathan Luigs is 1 of 6 Rimington Trophy finalists. This is the second time he’s been a finalist for the award given the the nations top center. SI’s Stewart Mandel and CBS’s Dennis Dodd think Nutt to Ole Miss is a Bad Idea. Speaking of Nutt the Expats Remind us of Orville Henry’s Thoughts on his hire at Arkansas and Here’s AS360’s idea of a picture worth 3.6 million dollars and a new shirt. Here’s the Video Highlites of the Arkansas win over Missouri from Tuesday and more Pelphrey Awesomeness. The Basketball Ladybacks took care of Missouri at their place Tuesday as well.
Great win for the hogs, and Pelphrey. Arkansas turned the ball over 23 times to Mizzou’s 21. Charles Thomas led Arkansas with 21 points. Golfer John Daly was in the crowd of over 18,000 at Bud Walton Arena.
First a humorous link on how to pronounce the name Arkansas. Oakland Raiders Head Coach Lane Kiffin and Texas Tech Mike Leach are on Arkansas’ short list.
The Hog Blogger has been prolific in the hours since Houston’s Departure…Here’s RBN’s HogBlogger reasons Houston had to go. Here’s the Razorbloggers Roundup of all the stories from around the Traditional Media about Nutt’s departure. CFN has a look back at Houston’s Tenure. The Hog Blogger Loves Lane Kiffin (with video), and here’s the other’s on his short list. And the Ladybacks basketball team also faces Missouri tomorrow night.
Updated (Thanks TipsterHog)
Several news outlets are reporting on a story in the Northeast Mississippi Journal which says that Houston Nutt has accepted a job offer from Ole Miss worth $9.5 million over 5 years. More when this develops.
NE Miss Journal
HT: Ark. Times Blog
UPDATE: CBSsports.com Confirms/KABZ-FM (103.7 The Buzz) in Little Rock says that the Ole Miss press conference introducing Nutt will be at Noon on Wednesday.