Clay Travis says Arkansas should go 'all-in' to land 1 big-name coach
Arkansas is searching for another head coach less than two years after hiring Chad Morris. The Morris era was short lived and maybe not short enough for Razorbacks fans, as the program routinely embarrassed itself under his leadership.
Media personality Clay Travis called Arkansas adding Morris two years ago perhaps the worst coaching hire in SEC history on Monday. He also took a dive into who the Razorbacks should hire next.
Travis came up with four names. His clear favorite is Washington State head coach Mike Leach.
“I think he (Leach) would be an incredible fit for Arkansas. I would go all in after Mike Leach,” Travis said on his Outkick the Coverage show. “Not sure you would get him, but I would go all in after Mike Leach if I were hiring for the Razorbacks.
“I think he’d be entertaining. I think he would be fun. I think he’d win seven or eight games a year, which, let’s be honest, Arkansas, if you can win seven or eight games in a year, you need to crawl before you can walk, and maybe hope like he did at Texas Tech and like he’s done at Washington State — every fourth or fifth year, he can cycle up and give you an opportunity to actually compete for an SEC Championship. That’s the most you can hope for at Arkansas, especially as competitive as the SEC West is right now.”
Leach has coached 18 years at the FBS level. He spent 10 years at Texas Tech, amassing a .661 win percentage. Leach struggled to get Washington State going early in his tenure, but he won at least eight games every season from 2015-18 with the Cougars.
Leach, who is 58 years old, owns a 137-88 overall record. His team’s best bowl appearance came in 2007 when he led Texas Tech to the Cotton Bowl.
The other three candidates Travis mentioned for the Arkansas opening were Mike Norvell, Hugh Freeze and Lane Kiffin. Watch Travis’ full explanation for why Leach and the others are good choices below:
“It’s possible that Chad Morris is the worst coach ever hired in the history of the SEC. If I were hiring for the Razorbacks, I would go all-in on Mike Leach. Mike Leach would be an incredible fit for Arkansas.” — @ClayTravis pic.twitter.com/EUowDapbr1
— Outkick the Coverage (@Outkick) November 11, 2019