I’ve never bought into the spin that the reason we don’t win games is because we don’t have good players who have more stars from self-proclaimed recruiting experts, etc.
It’s a repeat every 5 years —- get a new coach, lose ugly the first year or two — we are told by everyone to “give him time, he’ll get it fixed, he just needs better players” — then the Coach wins a little but not enough and gets fired.
Now we are being strongly told that this has nothing to do with coaching — it’s these god-awful players that Bielema recruited — give the new man time — he’ll get this mess turned around.
But when you all who chatter non-stop that all the ills of Razroback football are simply about poor players and nothing more, you take it too far when you tell us that’s why we should accept and expect to get blown out by North Texas.
Buying into the theory and logic of all those who live and die by the recruiting rankings — being that those are absolute predictors of ultimate outcomes — well, all of these classes that are now being called “just awful” — every one of those classes outranked the recruiting classes of North Texas — in terms of the rankings it was not even close.
True the UA classes have been near the bottom of the SEC, but that still got them ranked somewhere in the top 40 — light years ahead of North Texas and Colorado State.
So I don’t have any patience for being told that it’s all about the recruiting rankings which explains why the Hogs don’t win more games in the S.E.C.
But then there’s a rout by North Texas and now those rankings don’t matter when the Hogs get blown out by a no-name team from nowhere —not a last second field goal or a TD — but an absolute annihilation by a rent-a-win program North Texas — now that has happened and we are told the rankings are wrong — that in fact the recruiting classes were even worse than the rankings. Pay no attention to the rankings now because it no longer fits their argument.
This is a horrible coaching staff plain and simple. A time out for a kick-off — lineman lining up in the backfield, etc, etc…that’s all about coaching.
I will agree that there is a lot of youth and inexperience, especially on the O line (and that’s never good) — and a talent gap — a talent gap with other S.E.C. Schools — not a talent gap with North Texas and Colorado State — but when you are getting blown out by North Texas — that’s coaching. And in terms of Colorado State and the blown lead — that’s coaching — you said it was when the Hogs blew big leads against Missouri and in the Belk Bowl — and it’s still coaching.
This team is realistically about to go 1-11 — and 0 for 8 in the S.E.C. Recruits are openly mocking and laughing at this team. So does anybody honestly believe that Chad Morris is going to be able to wave his magic Texas High School Recruiting wand and overcome a 1-11 season??? Really???
This football program is in shambles — and the powers that be put it there with their ill-fated coup last year that was built around the triumphant return of Gus Malzahn who in the end told them to take their job and shove it. Good job leaders.
This is not the University of Arkansas Football that Coach Broyles built. And I don’t know if we are going to see a re-emergence any time in the next 20 years.
By the way, anybody remember when Arkansas last only won 1 game during a football season?
Fact is with the exception of Toledo, Bielema beat the teams he was supposed to beat. HIs problem was in the S.E.C. — and most of those losses where close and often heartbreaking. We all agree he was not getting the job done in the S.E.C. But at least his teams did not lose, much less get blown out, in a rent-a-win game.