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Episode 111: What’s next for Arkansas, Bobby Petrino?

Stephen Prather of Coaches By The Numbers shares his thoughts

Bobby Petrino will have an easier time coaching again than Jim Tressel, but how long until he does?

Earlier in the week we discussed the possibility that Bobby Petrino will fire Arkansas. It turns out, they did just that.

Now the question at hand is just what will happen next for the Razorbacks, leading in to a season that had every reason to be full of high expectations in the SEC and perhaps the BCS? Athletic Director Jeff Long said that he would begin work on a coaching search for the football program immediately after his press conference Tuesday night.

Long’s options are pretty clear.

  1. Stick with an interim head coach for the rest of the spring and the 2011 season.
  2. Make a rushed hire before the 2012 season, risking the chance that better options will be available at the end of the season.
  3. Hire Jon Gruden or Bill Parcells.
  4. Or Sean Payton.

As I generally do when we have topics about coaching searches to discuss, I called on Stephen Prather from Coaches By The Numbers to see what he had to say.

Should Arkansas move with an interim head coach this season, or look to rush a coaching hire now? How is the situation Arkansas is in similar, or different from what Ohio State and North Carolina experienced in 2011? How long will it be until Bobby Petrino is back on a sideline coaching a team once again?

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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