It appeared that a couple of people from Tennessee’s administration toured Arkansas’ baseball facilities today. Tennessee’s basketball team plays at Bud Walton Arena tonight.
A couple of years ago, Phillip Fulmer told some boosters that he planned to upgrade Tennessee’s stadium during his time as the Vols’ AD. He said it won’t be a major overhaul, but that upgrades were needed. Anyone who has seen that stadium can attest that it is well behind most of the other stadiums in the SEC. Maybe only Missouri’s is worse.
I think Arkansas has administrators from other colleges tour Baum-Walker often. TCU’s AD did during the regional last year and sent a lot of pictures back to his chancellor in Fort Worth. I haven’t confirmed whether Oklahoma State’s administrators toured the stadium when coming up with ideas for the new stadium that will open next month, but there are some characteristics that I’ve seen in the designs for that stadium in Stillwater that bear a striking resemblance to Baum.
Baum-Walker is great, but wait until the new add on is done in a couple of years. It’s going to be unbelievable. It’s one of the reasons Matt Hobbs didn’t seem too interested when the Yankees interviewed him in the fall. Of course, he may be a head coach soon, as well as Nate Thompson. Both of those are head coach material. But, as they leave, Dave Van Horn will hire the next great assistant out there, in love with what is going on at Arkansas.
All of this is a great insurance policy for the future.
How much longer do you think VH will coach? Is it unreasonable to think one of them may want to stick around and just be a long time assistant, and coach in waiting?
Idk how old VH is but I assume he’s approaching 60.
I think Van Horn will be the coach for at least five more years. I asked him about retirement prior to last season and he said he plans to coach through at least the end of his contract.
I’ll be interested to see how Arkansas approaches replacing him. I tend to think it will be with someone who has been associated with Van Horn, just as Van Horn had been associated with Norm DeBriyn. The trend now is to promote from within when a successful coach retires.
Norm’s first team went 19-13, including going 3-1 against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.That team played nine games in south Texas to start the season. Most were in San Antonio. There was one game in Austin, but against St. Edwards, not Texas.