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.
At the 6:30 pm press conference Houston Nutt made it known that he resigned the position of Arkansas Razorback Head Football Coach this morning. Reggie Herring was named interim head coach for the bowl game. Jeff Long will begin the search for a new head coach as soon as possible. Chancellor White will ask the Razorback foundation to release the “Golden Handcuffs” and treat Houston as if he had been fired (He’ll be getting a nice severance package). KATV, Arkansas Sports 360, and the Memphis Commercial Appeal are reporting that Houston is one of two lead candidates for the Ole Miss Rebels job that was vacated when Ed Orgeron was fired this past weekend. Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel, a former Colorado and Washington coach, is the other lead candidate although Nutt is the firm leader.
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ESPN and The Morning News is reporting he is being bought out (He’ll resign with a 3.5 million compensation package). Arkansas Sports 360 is reporting he’ll probably stay (White and Broyles will be present at the press conference). We’ll find out soon enough.
The Morning News
Arkansas Sports 360
UPDATE: News is Spreading and AS360 is changing their tune.
AS360 reports on ESPN story
AS360 notes other reports
UPDATE #2:Whole Hog Sports is reporting that Broyles, Long, and White have asked him to stay but it will be Houston’s decision. Nutt is currently meeting with his coaches and will meet with the team later this afternoon.
Again, the Nutt Press Conference will be at 6:30pm. Until then enjoy these other news bits…
Texas A&M and Arkansas are close to signing a 6 to 8 year deal to renew their football rivalry. It’ll be played at the New Cowboys Stadium. Here’s video of Casey Dick’s awesome block during that McFadden Run from Friday. CFN thinks Tebow is “without a doubt” the Heisman winner. Although, they rank the Hogs 18th in the nation.
UPDATE: McFadden has been names SEC Offensive Player of the Week. EDSBS has a humorous ESPN video regarding Nutt.
This Week From The Bench….
McFadden surpassed Bo Jackson on a day in Baton Rouge to move into the No. 3 spot in the SEC. ESPN, in a run down of the greatest football players in history, ranked Jackson at No. 8. I guess that makes McFadden no worse than seventh to ever play the game in college. I saw Jackson in person at the Liberty Bowl and playing for the Kansas City Royals. Even though he played at Auburn, he was the greatest athlete that I had ever seen until McFadden arrived at Arkansas.
Matterral Richardson’s interception in the 3rd OT of the LSU game has been nominated for the Pontiac Game Changing Performance of the Week-Vote Here. Darren McFadden was Named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week. The Razorbloggers have the Good, Bad, and Ugly of the LSU game. The Ladyback Basketball team beat the University of New Orleans 65-44. The Ladyback Volleyball team finished their season with a loss to UConn. Their Final Record was 12-19.
The Coaches have Ranked the Hogs #25 in the nation although the AP doesn’t. They have the hogs at what would be #26 or the team with the highest # of votes not to be ranked in the top 25. The BCS Computers show little love towards the Hogs. So, the Hogs end up 27th in the latest BCS standings. They could move up or down depending on next weekends SEC title game. The Hogs Strength of Schedule will improve if LSU defeats Tennessee.
USA Today Coaches Poll
Darian Townes scored 18, Charles Thomas scored 15, Stefan Welsh Scored 12 points. The Hogs only Turned the ball over 10 times while Delaware St. had 21. Arkansas improved their record to 4-1 and they face Mike Anderson’s Missouri Tigers Tuesday at Bud Walton.
The Hogwired Store is fast. Here’s the back image of the Upset Special Tee Shirt you can now order from them…
UPDATE: The Hog Blogger says “Don’t Buy This Shirt“