USA TODAY writer pegs ACC coach as potential Arkansas target
As Arkansas moves forward in its coaching search, the Razorbacks may consider an ACC coach who was previously a hot name in the coaching carousel in recent years.
USA TODAY writer Dan Wolken has pegged Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuentes as a possible target in Fayetteville.
“One name that has consistently come up as a potential target is Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente,” Wolken wrote. “Though Arkansas would be a tougher place to win, Fuente has deep family ties nearby in his native Oklahoma and could get away from a Virginia Tech fan base that hasn’t completely appreciated how difficult a job he faced after Frank Beamer let the program slip over his final few years.”
Fuentes, a former Memphis coach, is 33-18 at Virginia Tech in his fourth season after he went 26-23 in four seasons at Memphis. The Hokies are No. 23 this week in the AP Top 25 and coaches polls.
There’s another, perhaps more wild card option, too.
“Arkansas could undoubtedly offer Fuente more than the $4 million a year he currently makes,” Wolken continued. “If that isn’t a match, don’t be surprised if the Razorbacks take a long look at Florida Atlantic’s Lane Kiffin, who obviously has lots of experience in the SEC and would immediately spice things up both in recruiting and on the media circuit.”