Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Arkansas eyes Mike Gundy as next football coach UPDATE

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Local sports beat reporters eager to get the jump on the STORY OF THE CENTURY, AKA Arkansas's search for a new football coach, are contorting themselves every which way to avoid saying outright that UA has hired Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.

From Sporting Life Arkansas's Jim Harris (@jimharris360): "Or is it white smoke that signals a new pope? Seems Mike Gundy may have said yes to Jeff Long and Arkansas. The engagement in ON!"

From the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's Tom Murphy (@TomMurphyADG): "Our people are saying that unless this falls through, Arkansas has found its man in Mike Gundy"

UPDATE: Ha! Here are the latest two Tweets from Murphy and Harris:

Murphy: "Course correction. Arkansas FB coach negotiations ongoing. ... stay tuned"

Harris: If only Capt. Smith on the Titanic had followed same @TomMurphyADG: Course correction. Arkansas FB coach negotiations ongoing ... stay tuned

Admittedly, I'm following their lead by repeating their sort-of-reporting. Screw it: Consider this an open line to discuss this possible fate for the Hogs.

Also, this is essential watching for anyone not familiar with Mike Gundy.

Here's what our Hogs columnist Beau Wilcox, who'll weigh in more fully when an announcement is officially made, had to say about the prospect of Gundy. Via Facebook:

Ok, here we go...if it's truly Mike Gundy, I am happy. Not elated, but satisfied. He has won more BCS games than Arkansas has, and he's built on Miles' success by making OSU a viable program in a state where it had long been the redhaired stepchild. Also, when you consider Arkansas's history of coaching hires, it would represent a substantially better poaching than previous efforts, whereby we obtained (a) NFL coach who engaged in duplicitous departure from his job, (b) a Boise State coach who had just completed four-win season, (c) a retired and essentially disgraced former Clemson coach, (d) a nondescript offensive coordinator under Hatfield, etc. This isn't what everybody wants, but it's so much better than an unemployed, over-the-hill hack like Butch Davis.

One more question for discussion: Does Gundy sort of have chameleon skin? By which I mean, does his orange pallor have something to do with the fact that he's spent the last several years almost exclusively wearing hunter's orange? Or is he tanning-bed addict?

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