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Worst coach in SEC history. And Malzhan couldn't get Auburn to terminate him with that sweet buyout and all the pressure of a bitter fan base so he found an out, hire the guy that literally brought the Arkansas program to the bottom through absolute ineptitude. Brilliant. Back in high school where he bragged he was from during his Arkansas presser and throughout Arkansas abysmal tenure. I still hope he gets an SEC and/or Power 5 job so he can prove it wasn't Arkansas but his own ineptitude for his failure, but I believe Sam Pittman already went a long way proving that last year and likely will solidify that within the next 2 years by having this program playing solid and then winning football, without the embarrassing defeats along the way.
I think we all knew there was a 95-99% chance of it ending that way for Morris and Malzhan. The small chance it worked out was a little scary so that's where the satisfaction of I told you so is. In avoiding the bizarre chance we'd they'd escape this outcome.
Just an FYI, if the ball didn't touch him, he wouldn't have run after it. It's that simple.
Pretty sure Venables could have followed Morris if he wanted the challenge, he chose to stay at Clemson. You should go look at Odom's stats from his previous stints as as DC and also his numbers while a HC on defense. He's a hell off a defensive coach. Don't throw shade. He's one of the best.
Offense isn't clicking yet, but Briles knows what he's doing. Not worried. This year is about getting better. If we start clicking at some point this season, that's what we are looking for. Obviously if it could have happened out of the gate, that would have been amazing, but at the same time, too much success too early also sets the bar too high. Almost better to start slow and build than fast and have a speed bump.
Glad he's not at Mizzou, he's the reason you owned us the last few years. Mizzou consistently has the lowest talent in the SEC (top 35-40 classes). Odom can develop and coach. And he's definitely one of the best d-coordinators in college if you look at his stats. He'll get another Power 5 HC job, too. You guys did us a huge favor. I hope it works out for you.
Didn't SDS write some garbage articles on how Chad Morris wasn't the problem at Arkansas and he was going to lights out the SEC at Auburn with real talent, and all that? Maybe that was AL.(com). Don't remember, but Gus will beat someone of importance this year to keep his job, the fans will make up, and we'll start this process over next year. I will say this, Morris era has begun and Auburn and Gus will be using him as an excuse in short order. Don't expect Morris to last the season if he is actually even calling the plays. I think he had a good run at Clemson, but the game changed since then and he and Gus haven't. Morris will run Auburn and Bo Nix into the ground (Filipe Franks has better numbers after two games).
Arkansas always out recruits Missouri historically. Nothing changed the first recruiting cycle. Odom has more talent at Arkansas. He'll do even better. He's a good defensive coordinator. I couldn't be happier we got him or that you fired him. Drinkwitz never built a program (not that Pittman has) so I feel like we are both in the same position. Don't get too cocky. That said, I'm a Razorback fan that respects Mizzou...you guys have owned us.
Haha. You got out recruited. I respect Mizzou for owning us, but I think you've been lucky playing in a down east. Florida and Georgia are back. Kentucky is up and coming. And Arkansas, well, we have one of the best defensive coordinators in the country, a great offensive coordinator, and a head coach that we are excited about. I feel good about facing Missery moving forward.
While football pays the bills, Arkansas is a legitimate SEC sports program. And speaking of paying the bills, Arkansas makes more in the SEC. As far as better fit. Arkansas has played better than SC, Kentucky, Ole Miss to name a few since entering the league. It's just that they sucked really bad for the last few years. If they could have built of 2014 and 2015 even after losing Petrino this talk of Big 12 wouldn't be happening. They don't belong in the Big 12 any more or less than they belong in the SEC
Is this a joke? Arkansas gets the two toughest teams in the east and Missouri gets the two toughest in the west. I'm no Mizzou fan but whoever made this schedule is messed up.
Looks like another good class. Remember Arkansas already sends MUCH more picks to the draft than Texas and almost as much as Oklahoma in the last 5 years (just a few picks difference in total picks). And remember, TCU and WVU sends as many as Oklahoma. So coaching up 3 and 4 stars has merit. With the coaching staff assembled these guys are going to be coached up and culture is going to change and that, along with a great staff and great recruiting is going to bring in bigger talent down the road.
It would be weird for him to leave, but doesn't hurt to have it in writing.
#74 in the nation. So far Kiff has been more splash than substance. Still has never built a program from the ground up. He's either going to succeed and bolt from Ole Miss or fail and be gone. Either way 5 years tops.
I can't argue with that and I think the missed time hurts the team a lot. But it's got to hurt Ole Miss, Mizzou, Miss St. All teams Arkansas plays. So there's likely a win in there and maybe two or three. At the same time if they went 3-9 would I be disappointed if they went out and just played watchable football every weekend? Absolutely not. I watched every single game the last 2 seasons and it was bad. So I believe whatever happens this season will be an improvement. I just think 0-8 is when they play 3 new coaches seems like a slap in the face. I guess you gotta earn it. I hope they want it.
And for people arguing how? We have probably the top 5 back (at least in the SEC) coming back. A huge upgrade at QB. One of the best WR corps (yes, we do, those guys are studs). We are thin at TE finally after years. But Kendall Briles is a huge improvement over what we had. Our offense will be light years better. And anyone that doesn't think our defense will be improved is nuts. Look at Barry Odoms record. He improves defenses.
Man, I know Arkansas hasn't earned anything, and I'm the first one to say you have to play the games, but 0-8 in the SEC is harsh. I mean there are 3 new coaches who are unproven in the SEC who were all out recruited by Sam Pittman and arguably Pittman has a better staff. I think Arkansas gets one SEC win, 3 non conference games (Nevada isn't a given, they are a solid but I don't think it will be a Chad Morris style loss if they don't win). So, while I know a lot of people are going to give me hell for this, I think Arkansas wins 1, maybe 2 SEC games this season. Even 3 isn't outrageous. Would I bet my life savings on it? No. But I think it's reasonable.
Trump's new strategy to erase coronavirus is simply book keeping: Recategorize deaths. Theoretically, we should be able to pack stadiums and no one will die or, hell, even get infected and bring those infections home with them each weekend, spiking community outbreaks. I say most of this in jokingly, because I'm sure most people know that flu deaths are entirely estimated. Opening 60k-100k stadiums isn't going to reduce the spread of the virus or resulting deaths.
I think it's less about being scared and more about packing 80,000+ people into a stadium and then dispersing them across the state and country where they can spread infection to many more people in many more areas. There's a reason Asia is playing sports without fans, and there's a reason we are #1 in the world in deaths and will eventually be #1 in deaths per million. We simply aren't making good choices on how to deal with this. So, my guess, we'll see packed stadiums. But that doesn't mean it's a good idea.
Best of luck. I think he is/was struggling with depression as well as his lack of play. Not sure a change of scenery will solve the depression, but it's worth a shot and he'll also likely end up on the field. wishing him the best of luck with everything on and off the field.
Not really college baseball. Amateur baseball. Interesting to see how it goes.
Posted to the wrong spot... You are correct with those numbers. Upstate NY is largely unaffected by this (for now). Although Onondaga County (Syracuse) is starting to see some increased numbers, it’s still quite low. The only real “hard” hit area in upstate is Erie County where Buffalo is located (New York’s second largest city, and really only major city upstate, we mostly have cows and trees up here, I know that’s hard to believe). Considering we are surrounded by hot zones and no doubt have people escaping death zones in NYC, we have extremely low positive test and deaths. This is likely because we are under the same shutdown as NYC and while social distancing is hated on, it does actually work. Anyway, I’d be more concerned with LSU. Not sure why people aren’t. Louisiana is one of the hardest hit states, the idea Death Valley is suddenly going to be filled in 4 months is a bet I’m happy to make. I also would be concerned about Georgia. Their approach may or may not work out. If it fails, it might set the SEC back.
Upstate NY is largely unaffected by this (for now). Although Onondaga County (Syracuse) is starting to see some increased numbers, it's still quite low. The only real "hard" hit area in upstate is Erie County where Buffalo is located (New York's second largest city, and really only major city upstate, we mostly have cows and trees up here, I know that's hard to believe). Considering we are surrounded by hot zones and no doubt have people escaping death zones in NYC, we have extremely low positive test and deaths. This is likely because we are under the same shutdown as NYC and while social distancing is hated on, it does actually work. Anyway, I'd be more concerned with LSU. Not sure why people aren't. Louisiana is one of the hardest hit states, the idea Death Valley is suddenly going to be filled in 4 months is a bet I'm happy to make. I also would be concerned about Georgia. Their approach may or may not work out. If it fails, it might set the SEC back.
Louisiana likely isn't opening anytime soon they still have 1600 patients in the hospital and almost 300 on vents and new cases per day are steady at 400 despite aggressive social distancing measures. Georgia is a wildcard despite rushing to open. Florida, who knows. But that's 3 major SEC program states. Most other SEC states look OK. But I still don't see fans in the stands and a lot of ADs (Big 10 anyway) said they won't play if no fans. If that's true, no football. My issue with that is this, the reason for no fans isn't the health of individual fans, but the risk of restarting an outbreak. A few hundred players and associated support staff isn't quite the magnitude of 60-100k fans coming to a game then dispersing to all corners of a state and beyond. It's a bad idea and I don't think anyone is signing off on it. Of course, I've been wrong before. Hopefully, the AD's come to their senses and understand the rationale behind no fans vs no games at all.
Yeah, I see your point. The article is definitely click bait. But that's SDS. I stick with what I said above, I think Pittman (via Davis) will get Arkansas the best line it's had since Pittman was last there. And it was the biggest in football back then.
One of the things I hear coaches look at (and I've heard Pittman say this) is a guys frame and his ability to put on more mass. 6'5" is tall enough, 285 out of high school, if it's solid weight to begin with how much more can he put on in 1-2 seasons? Pittman hired Davis to coach the line and I have no doubts the line is going to be good.
The real question is, how do you pack 60,000-110,000 into a stadium and not create another outbreak? For that reason alone, unless every single case of covid-19 is wiped out of the US by the start of the season, there is no way you can have fans in the stands. As far as players, coaches, and officials being on the field, its not the same thing from a public health standpoint. Isolating and testing 200-500 people and their contacts vs 80,000 is vastly different. It's not about risk and herd immunity, it's about coming full circle.