Barry Lunney Jr. shows Razorback pride when asked about his potential to be next Arkansas coach
In Arkansas’ final two games of the season, Barry Lunney Jr. will get his first taste of being a college football head coach. And perhaps it could be an audition for a more permanent role in the future.
Lunney, who was named the Razorbacks’ interim head coach following Chad Morris’ firing on Sunday, has been on Arkansas’ staff as the tight ends coach since 2013. During his Monday press conference, Lunney was asked if he’d be interested in becoming the Razorbacks’ full-time head coach at the end of the season.
“Yes, that’s obviously a dream of mine, but my focus right now is to get these guys their best opportunity to play their best football game they’ve played this year,” Lunney told the media. “Because we’ve got some black eyes, and it needs to stop. And that’s my sole focus, is getting our coaches and our players to play their best football game that they’ve played all year long when we go to Baton Rouge. Whatever that looks like, I just want it to be our best game, ‘O,’ ‘D,’ special teams, together. And if we’ll do that, and then we’ll do it again the next week when we go to Little Rock, we’re going to have a chance to win a football game, and I believe that very strongly.”
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Lunney will have a challenging first game as a college head coach, as Arkansas travels to take on No. 1 LSU on Nov. 23. Then, the Razorbacks wrap up their season against Missouri the following week.
If Lunney can lead Arkansas, which is currently 2-8 and 0-6 in SEC play, to a win, he could have a case to keep the job. The Razorbacks haven’t won a conference game since Oct. 28, 2017.