Bret Bielema returning to college football? Former Arkansas coach reportedly interviewing for Colorado job
After the Morris fiasco, wouldn't you consider a 6-6 season here and humiliating Texas in a bowl game as "borderline erotic?" Bielema had a good run here in in seasons 2-4. I'd love to have it again!
I posted on the record info from Dec 8 regarding AD's interview with Kiffin and Drinkwitz. It happened Bro. Drinkwitz wasn't offered the job but he sure interviewed with the Arkansas AD, Asst AD, and Trustee.
Bro...I don't know where you got your information but Drinkwitz was never offered the Arkansas job.
Glad you included Enos on this list and you're so right re. the incredible job he did with Brandon Allen. The downside here was the philosophical difference Enos had with Pittman that ultimately led to Pittman's departure. Thrilled to have Pittman back but I truly believe had he never left, Arkansas would have continued the improvement they had started under Bielema instead of cratering under the incompetence of Morris.
I am sorry Starkel is leaving. With good coaching - something he certainly didn't get from Morris and Craddock - Starkel might have emerged as our #1 QB next season and given KJ Jefferson another year of seasoning. But Pittman has indicated he prefers an RPO style QB and I suspect that means the job is KJ's to lose...unless Conner Noland has indicated he's willing to come back?
You deserve this chump Gus after convincing our moronic Good Old Boy's Network he was the man for our HC job. Take him and wipe out the $10 million buyout we owe him.
You are 100% spot on boss! He will surround himself with top assistants and with the talent we have - and yes, we have talent - we will be competitive again immediately! He was my #1 pick from the beginning. I couldn't be happier!
Nutt is the guy who split this fan base - a split we have never recovered from. He is the last guy we need here. This hire is a huge one and a tough one and must be someone who can not only begin to win again in the toughest league in the country, but one who every Arkansas fan can get behind and get their butts in the seats on Saturdays. The right coach can do both and it won't take as long as most doomsayers think. Nutt is not that guy.
Wolf...you probably need to worry about the roster at Mizzou and stay away from topics you know nothing about. At the beginning of the season, Arkansas had the 26th ranked roster in the country...1 5 star, 18 4 star, and 56 3 star. Composite ranking of 86.06 - higher than Kentucky, Vandy, and yes...Mizzou. The talent is there but that talent has to be coached. It has been obvious over the past 2 seasons that this team has not been prepared...they have regressed each season. Compare that to #46 ranked Minnesota with a roster of 0 5 star, 5 4 star, and 74 3 star but a coach who can get the most out of each player in a system that is designed to play to his kids strengths.
Morris did not build that roster. Dykes has 41 true freshmen and 11 other redshirt freshmen on the roster but more important, 23 players on SMU’s roster were previously at other Division I schools. The transfer list includes starters Shane Buechel QB, Brandon Stephens CB, Reggie Roberson Jr. WR, the two top tacklers, S Patrick Nelson and S Richard McBryde. This is Dykes team and SMU is well rid of Morris
As for the direction of the program and the Ole Miss game...we'll chat in Sept. As for the myth that people like you perpetuate about Morris and "those two national championships," read what The State (Columiba SC) wrote in 2015: "Chad Morris doesn’t hold the franchise rights to the Clemson offense anymore than Bill Walsh did on the West Coast offense...The seeds of Morris’ concepts were rooted in the spread, no-huddle scheme he embraced as a Texas high school coach – largely borrowed from Gus Malzahn...Much of Morris’ success at Clemson was because of the arm and strong will of quarterback Tajh Boyd, and the talent of receivers DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant..." Jeff Scott and Tony Elliot - and Bret Venables took Clemson to the top while Chad Morris flopped at SMU. But you keep your hope alive...I'll wait on people to come to their senses and drop the rah-rah high school nonsense.
The Walrus never wanders...but he does wonder how so many people can be so clueless when it comes to the direction this program is headed.
You don't have to be conflicted to lament the fact that Arkansas fans have been sold a bill of goods with the hiring of a high school coach who has implemented a bad high school system yet the past staff and players got blamed for a 2-10 record. What a joke. Now some want to convince us a bowl game is just around the corner? Get serious. This pipe dream will crash in Week 2 when Ole Miss welcomes Arkansas to Oxford... Arkansas will have 6 wins alright...but it will take 2 seasons.
boss...seriously? Take a dive off a roof? Did you think of that one on your own or did you have help? Jeez...
Swine...absolutely with all sincerity I thought and still believe Coach Bielema would have won here. I have posted so many of these facts before but I gladly do so again. Fact - He recruited very well and is in no way responsible for last yrs poor recruiting class. Bielema's five classes had an average 247Sports Composite national ranking of 25.2, which is more than two spots better than Petrino (27.6) and more than six spots better than Nutt (31.4). The 2013, 2015 and 2016 classes each checked in at No. 23, giving Bielema three top-25 classes. Petrino and Nutt had only two top-25 classes apiece.In five classes, Bielema signed 25 four- or five-star recruits. That is two more than Petrino signed during his tenure and 14 more than Nutt signed over his final five years. 15 of those 4-5 star recruits were in spring practice with Morris. Bielema left a class in Dec. with an avg commit rating that ranked No. 22 nationally and No. 8 in the SEC. Unfortunately, Morris could not keep that class intact. As far as playing Bama football against Bama...Bielema's 2 best teams lost 14-13 and 27-14(in a game closer than the final score indicates). Regardless of what bar stool coaches will say...it takes longer than 3-4 recruiting classes to build a program. You might win in the short term (Petrino) with a couple of very good classes, but Bama wins because they have the talent 2-3 deep every year. Bielema was trying to build depth at the same time he was losing quality starters to graduation and to early NFL departures. Bielema's most glaring problem was putting together a staff that got along. Pittman left because of Enos and our offensive line never recovered. After a couple of good seasons, Robb Smith went rogue. After the Auburn debacle in 2016, Bielema used the off week to retool the D and look at the result against the eventual Eastern champ Florida. I could give you another essay on why I think he would have won but it's done...over. I'll say this - the great recruiting class Morris just landed has more glitter that previous classes but the rankings have it similar to previous classes. Please post your thoughts next yr when we go 4-8 and Morris is 0-16 in the SEC.
I hope Coach Bielema gets the job he wants and is finally allowed to coach without the constant nonsense from bar stool coaches who wouldn't know a draw from a trap. But, I also wish he would kick back, take 100k per yr as a consultant, and take every penny we owe him. Meanwhile, we can watch our program continue to digress into a bad high school team, led by a high school coach who couldn't win in the AAC. And as for "Jeffery," keep an eye on the fundraising campaign at Kansas,followed by the renovations the $$ will bring to the football stadium and venerable Allen Fieldhouse. KU moves forward and UA takes a giant step backward. Enjoy the ride guys...
More high school rah-rah nonsense from a high school coach...
Bama...what is memorable to me is that a new coach took a very young team that won 4 games the previous season, had 17 returning starters, and managed to post the first 10 loss season in school history. It's even more memorable when the fans blame the losses on the players (and the former coach) - not the HS coach and his embarrassingly poor HS coaching.
Yeah boss...because we all know the Greatest Coach in the history of the NFL can't evaluate talent, right?
I think the OT rule is just fine - especially in light of what the NFL has trotted out since its advent. On targeting, the rule is a good and necessary but I do believe the issue of the offensive player initiating the "target" should become a major point of emphasis. Too often the defensive player would make contact below the the head and shoulders until the offensive player lowers his head and or torso and causes a helmet to helmet hit. A defensive player should not be punished for this type of hit and I'm not sure the offensive player should either.
Hey...Arkansas has a coach who left a 14-22 record behind in the American Athletic Conference. Might as well grab his QB who guided that SMU juggernaut under Morris. I wish Hicks well - but Morris found out the SEC West was not the AAC last season and I suspect his new/old QB will learn the same lesson this season.
And I'll agree with you guys as well. Ty Storey gave everything he had to this team and should always be remembered for that - but sadly and with all respect, he's not an SEC caliber QB. Morris would like a grad transfer but I would certainly see if Noland is SEC worthy and if the frosh, Jefferson, can take the job, so be it. I will say something you guys will probably not agree with. Kelley should have been the QB last season. Morris should have designed a modified package for him the way he did for Storey. There would have been at least one, possibly two more wins and if you had an experienced Kelley coming back this season, with the very winnable non-conference schedule, there may have been a chance at 6-6. Unless Noland or Jefferson turn out to very very good...it will be another long yr.
Enos is a great hire...Bielema's teams did not suffer from a lack of offense but the inability to find the right D-Coordinator. One interesting note and one that did have a negative effect on the Arkansas offense involves the failure of Enos and Pittman to coexist. Enos apparently was not fond of the "road graders" Pittman wanted in the OL - Enos wanted a quicker and faster OL that could pull more and get out on screens quicker. Most believe the loss of Pittman was the end of Bielema's favorite O-scheme and has resulted in mediocre O-lines since. That said, I wish the very talented Enos had been offered the head job here instead of the high school coach who now occupies that position.
That's for you ESAD.
I wish Chandler would commit to Les. Maybe that would keep Chandler's father with his own team the night before games?
How's 4-7 gonna work for you next season Stoby? All the Morris apologists are talking about his players - his recruiting class. Well, you can start 11 skilled position players on offense and his O-line recruits are not highly ranked. The simplistic offensive scheme he ran this season will be no better next. We were sold a bill of goods on this guy...look at the two lowest rated coaches in this report. The one we wanted and the one we got!
Saban is unquestionably the GOAT. Saban inherited a program that had been broken by violations during two coaching regimes at Bama which resulted in "less than stellar recruiting." Saban built the juggernaut he runs now - the studs didn't just appear. When the inevitable occurs and Saban rides off into the sunset, I think Virtual's argument will be shown invalid as the SEC undergoes a sea change.
Stoby...we ran a "relevant" coach off to hire a bad high school coach. A D- for Chad Morris is a gift. It's a shame when everyone wants to blame a talented group of kids for the ineptness of a coach who is in way over his head. Bielema would have won 6-7 games this season with this group. And if Georgia is getting fed up with Kirby Smart - they are crazier than Arkansas! This league belongs to Saban - everyone else is a guest. When Saban does retire, I'd sure like to have Kirby Smart at the helm of my program.
Of course it's a different system Hogman and one that proved highly ineffective regardless of how much was installed. I recall OC Cheney making the same claim before he moved on. And I'm going to disagree with you regarding it's promise for the future. Ask Gus and the Auburn fans how that future looks... And Early..."funny" is sarcasm. What's "funny" is that we brought in a high school coach who spouted off a lot of slogans..."hammer down," "full tilt boogie" ad nauseam and he delivered an offense that wasn't close to the offense that Enos/Bielema ran, with Cole Kelley starting 4 games last season with that offense. Just look at the final two games as an example. Last season we lost on the final possessions against Miss St and Mizzou while this season, running a high school system we were blown out in both - with 6 total points! And you can expect the same next year. This coach is in way over his head.
Funny how Arkansas won as many games with Kelley as a starter last season than they won this entire season - yet he can't play for this coach.