I think Chad Morris is the best candidate on the board from the remaining ones being mentioned. Deep ties to Texas. He has experience (as an OC) at a big time school: Clemson. He filled up two ENTIRE classes at SMU with Texas recruits. To win at Arkansas, you must recruit Texas. Don’t look at his SMU record. Just look at the turnaround. He took over that program when it was one of the WORST in the country. One more little nugget to prove he can’t only recruit Texas: any guesses on who Deshaun Watson’s lead recruiter was at Clemson? You guessed it. Chad Morris. Watson is from Georgia. He recruited to Clemson before it was THE Clemson it is today. And yes, I know it is easier to recruit to Clemson than Arkansas. I’m just sayin’…
Those that don’t like his record at SMU need to remember he took over 1-11 dumpster fire where recruits need a 28 on their ACT to get in. Let that sink in for a few minutes. Morris is the only one with existing connections in Texas. I also don’t punish a coach for a bad defense because he may not have had the money to hire a good DC or enough talent. We have the money to hire a GOOD Def Coord to make it work.
For five years I was told to not focus on the record but instead focus on the Uncommon, Never Yield process and “trust” the wins would come.
Forgive me if I’m skeptical a 14-22 HC will be a winner here. While both will be new to the SEC and will have adjustments to make/learning to do I’d rather have the coach of a team that has beaten SMU 51-7 and 66-45 and that just took 12-0 UCF to double overtime and finished 10-2.
Sure, he walked in to a better sutuation, but Norvell has maximized the opportunity.
There’s 2 coaches mentioned that can recruit Texas. Morris and Venables can recruit Texas and have. You can cherry pick all day on record. You can’t compare Norville’s recruiting ability to either one of these guys. Both have Clemson connections and winning connections. Venables is defensive and Morris is offensive. If Texas recruiting is what we want hire one of these guys. I expect this hire to be right in line with other hard headed decisions. Venables should have been our coach 6 years ago. The John L Smith year should have never happened.
Petrino should have never been hired. The way he failed to show loyalty to his teams and employer prior to coming here should have been a red flag.
There’s no red flags on these 2.
The winning connections tied to Morris and Venables make the hire less risky than hiring Norville.