Morris could not develop a QB to save his life. They made bad decisions last year and it was all bad coaching. We had a QB transfer because Morris had no faith in him and he comes back and has a career day. Franks experience and a competent coaching staff makes me feel we will be better on offense. Pittman literally beefed up the OL because Morris wanted lighter and quicker linemen (Stupid) so hopefully with Franks passing and Boyd running the ball, defenses will be forced to defend both. The thing I regret is with no Spring the development might be lagging.
Let’s not kid ourselves. College football starting from the 60’s has become very competitive so much so that we relaxed admission standards in order to increase the pool of great athletes. This is no longer about education but has morphed to where these kids have grand signing day announcements that ESPN has to cover to boost their ratings. The kids see themselves as a commodity that they can now try to profit with the urging of their parents who also are looking to fatten their bank account.
Has Morris installed more than 5% of the offense yet?
I still maintain that especially the last 2 years Arkansas’ coaching staff should have been coaching high school football instead in the SEC. It was obvious to fans that Morris and staff were clueless and what’s worse, the players noticed as well. When players lose faith in their coaching staff it doesn’t matter how good they were, they don’t play at 100% effort. This is not a perception by fans but a few players opened up about this. So the belief is there is talent on the Hill and all they need is a competent coaching staff to mold them into a winner. Good enough to win the SEC? Of course not but if they could manage 3-4 wins it would show we’re headed in the right direction.
We will not finish 0-10!!
If there is a KFC close to campus, he’ll be interested. B12 conference would be out of the question because his first year at Arkansas he criticized Texas HS coaches for the style of offenses they employ so recruiting in Texas would be a challenge. At Arkansas he was more interested in promoting himself during the off season instead of recruiting that left his coaching staff scratching their heads. He’s just lazy!
I can understand why some sportswriters feel the way they do about Arkansas but the last few years wasn’t all the players fault. There is talent on this team but a blind man could see that the players gave up on Morris and his staff. Probably the worse coaching staff in Razorback history! The offense should be much better. We now have a proven SEC QB, a returning 1000 yard RB and very good WR’s. The OL that was starved so they could be light a quick are now all over 300lbs and being coached by two of the best OL coaches in the country so I believe we will move the ball and it won’t be another year of 3 downs and punt. We did lose some of our top tacklers from last years defense but with some transfers from Clemson and OU and Odom coaching them I think if they improve just a little bit we should be competitive in almost ever game. The offense will help by keeping drives alive. So what will our record be? I don’t know but based on everyone’s reports on much we suck, if Pittman win 4-5 games he should be SEC coach of the year!
Totally agree. It looks like the Big10 waved the white flag and surrendered and do the schools still get the guaranteed $54M if there is no season? Do they think those stuffy intellectuals in that conference will want to play this spring?
Can someone please go ask athletes in the non revenue sports how they feel. Without football these athletes would not be able to compete so these now entitled football players who now feel WOKE endanger all college athletics!
Some of our ex players when interviewed said that Morris was disorganized and didn’t know what he was doing. Those two teams just gave up and it showed on the field. Pittman on the other hand is a very good coach and brought in experienced assistant coaches.
Back in the boat: In-state quarterback announces he’s once again committed to Sam Pittman’s Arkansas program
The last two staffs were soft always wanting not to overly criticize players. I know it’s a balancing act but they produced soft players. Our hope now Pittman has assembled an experienced staff that will toughen up these young men. Houston Nutt didn’t always have the best team but opponents knew they were in a battle when they played us. It can be done!
Stanford is dropping 11 sports because of lack of funds.
When Morris was at Arkansas the media criticized him for not really developing Boyd or Watson and now that he’s at a Blueblood he’s a genius. I predict that Malzahn will be calling plays by the first SEC game!
The coaching the last two years had me pulling my hair out! Morris couldn’t decide on a QB and then saying he didn’t have his entire offense implemented. After two years and only having 35% of your offense in? No wonder defenses knew what we were doing before the snap. Any key to us winning will come down to our defense. Will we have one? Again The lack of experienced coaches on defense was an issue but also lack of depth at the LB position. Teams didn’t have to put the ball in the air because they could run at will. After Bielema was fired we needed to bring in a coach who could make this team tougher, but Morris was soft and indecisive. With Pittman, he has already said that we will play hard nosed big boy football so I expect he will be pushing players instead of coddling them. I just want to see football right now no matter how it looks!
You keep answering you question on why Arkansas doesn’t want to pay Bielema. One win in 3 years. After Long gave him that insane contract with that huge buyout, laziness set in on Bielema. He was more concerned about seeing himself on TV and he self promoted himself into gaining 50lbs in the 5 years as HC. The contract made him soft and that ultimately transferred to the players. The biggest cancer a football team can have is being soft and it’s been diff to shed that. In my 66 years I’ve seen good and bad coaches and Bielema is a bad coach. At Wisconsin he was successful but we all know who ran that program and it wasn’t Bielema. He’s just a big Teddy Bear that wants his players to love him. I never saw him call out a player after a boneheaded play and he always defended them even when we were blowing leads in the 4th quarter. Coaching is an art and rewarding this lazy ass might be hard to accept but legally we might lose this case. Softy wins again!
Right on Fisheye, Some of these kids but not all can’t handle the success and praise they receive on the football field and think they can get away with anything. I hope he can get his life turned around but yes losing any LB depth hurts big time but I feel Coach Pittman will succeed.
Pittman is not some 35 year old with no experience. He’s been around some very good programs and won’t need any on the job training from Briles or Odom.
Will there even be any games this year?
It’s amazing how they got the Chinese, Italians, Koreans and the rest of the world to cooperate!
That would make us high on meth.
Arkansas was looking at Drink but he wanted the moon as far as salary and he was unproven. It had nothing to do about being outbid by Mizzou. It also happened with Kiffin and Ole Miss. Ark made an offer and we had a handshake but then Ole Miss made an offer, lower than Ark, and Kiffins agent had an idea of a bidding war but our AD didn’t want to play that game so removed the offer. Kiffin actually settled for less money! We got our guy. Pittman loves Ark and has for many many years. He’s a great recruiter and players love him. And as for offensive genius, no such person. Players make any coach look like a genius so if you can recruit you instantly can become a genius!
Arkansas is exhausted! We’ve lost about 20 pts/gm with Jo’s injury and with an already short bench, and I mean short as in height, I don’t think we’ll make the tournament this year. Now next year is looking good with a great class coming in and our 7’ transfer will be eligible to play. A lot of good teams in the SEC this year.
The key for Pittman and his staff is developing players and game preparation. In two years Morris proclaimed he still hadn’t implemented his entire playbook and couldn’t decide on a QB. I believe this staff is 100 times more experienced and we should see a better squad although the record might not show it but they could surprise.
I going to say the same thing. Glad you caught that!
As an Arkansas fan, as much as I hated Mizzou I respected the toughness they displayed. Very happy to get Odom as DC!
Wow, Morris gets hired at Arkansas and everyone is questioning the hire. Now he’s hired at Auburn and he’s a genius?
First of all the Kiffin situation was we had a deal with Kiffin and then Sexton comes to our AD saying OM offered and wanted him to counter. HY was pissed that Kiffin was going back on his word which concerned him about his character so he withdrew the offer. Sexton came back the next day saying the deal was still on because our original deal was better than OM but HY had made up his mind no deal. As for Drink HY did interview him but there is no verification that an offer was ever made. It’s possible that HY discussed what the job would pay with benefits and Drink wanted more. If a an up and coming coach is mire concerned with money rather than the opportunity maybe it’s time to go with the coach that really wants the job!
He said he has turn down coordinator jobs but being the highest paid OL coach in the country at $900K he was making equivalent money.
As Arkansas fans, what we are looking for is a team that is competitive. Morris didn’t field a team that looked anything like a P5 school and I think that came down to his poor staff. Now Pittman never wanted to leave Arkansas when he worked for Bielema but fat boy was so incompetent and lazy, Pittman couldn’t work with him any longer. When the Arkansas job came open Pittman contacted Arkansas and wanted the job. When the Kiffin deal sour because HY didn’t want to get in a bidding war with OM after reaching a deal with Kiffin, HY chose a coach who really wanted the job. Pittman is not some obscure position coach, he’s been with some major programs and has seen how to run and organize a staff which will be the key to success. Pittmans contract also has incentives that can bring him an additional $750,000 and if does resurrect the program I’m sure his salary will also rise. On to recruiting now!
It’s true Kiffin was our first choice and we did have a deal but then Sexton decided to get us and OM in a bidding war. He went back to Yurachek and said OM made an offer and asked what we wanted to do expecting a counter but Yurachek was so mad that Kiffin reneged on his commitment that it brought back the question if his character. He told Sexton our offer is canceled but Sexton comes back the next day and tells him the deal was still on because to his dismay, Arkansas’ offer was better but Sexton had already overplayed his hand. Pittman wanted the job because he loves NW Arkansas and is aware of Arkansas resources. Yurachek has promised to open the pocket book for assistant coaches and that will be the key to Pittmans success or failure, it’s worked well for Coach O. He needs to hire a OC like Brady and bring in a DC that can overhaul that pathetic unit. One thing we can’t do is fire him after 2 years but I’m confident that we’ll see improvements to this team in a yearly basis and right now that’s all we’re asking for.