This is what he said:
“Morris better hope the fans are just disappointed because apathy is becoming as apparent as the 34,000 empty seats each of the past two Saturdays.”
I don’t really care if it’s a shot. I’m no Wally fan, but it’s not a meritless comment. I’ve been a very loyal and passionate Razorback football fan for many years – since the early 70s when I was a wee lad. I think I’ve got standing to talk about this.
My issue with the whole program up there is that they don’t really give a damn about winning. They quit giving a damn about winning in basketball after they ran off Nolan. The UA has the potential to have some of the best basketball fans and atmospheres anywhere. But we hired a bunch of terrible coaches, and more recently have let Mike just sit up there, win his 20 games, and get beat early in the NCAAT without doing anything in it. Just because he does things right and is a good guy. Basketball fans are apathetic as hell compared to the 90s and early 2000s. But that’s OK – it’s “good enough,” right?
We let Nutt hang around 10 years, then run off the only coach who ever won anything in the modern era in Petrino. Just because he “lied to his boss,” had fling with a volleyball player and we were supposedly afraid of getting sued. And, of course, football needed to be “fun again.” Absurd conventional, middle-management thinking. And, amazingly, people are still revising history and claiming Petrino wouldn’t have lasted here anyway.
We then hired an apparent drunk from a Big 10 school that wanted to “out Alabama,” and see where that got us.
I mean, my 16 year old daughter could run an athletic department better than this. WHERE ARE THE WINS? WHERE ARE THE DECENT BOWL GAMES? WHERE IS AN OCCASIONAL SWEET 16? And don’t dare invoke baseball or track. Second or third tier college sports. Please.
There will be lots of push back to these comments by many on this board – the “We have a nice college and we’re doing things right” crowd. But those same people are probably part of the insular environment in NW Arkansas and around the athletic department that breeds complacency, including with the media and beat writers. They all think everything’s good enough because it’s what’s right in front of them. And, most importantly, it’s the behemoth that generates big money for all of them. And it’s what they’re familiar with. They’re tight knit and change averse. Again, as long as the $$ roll in, so what? It’s “good enough.”
But let me tell you – there’s a whole world of superior athletic management and winning out there that is not utilized, either intentionally or by ignorance. Either way, it’s awful the UA isn’t requiring its admins and coaches to tap into it. Here’s an idea – go talk to someone over at OU. They seem to get it (see the hire of Lincoln Riley – about as “out of the box” as you can get).
Maybe Yurachek will strip it bare after seeing what a complete disaster it is. Maybe Morris will recruit his way out of it. Or maybe he’ll figure out it’s impossible to win at Arkansas and leave or get fired. We will see. But don’t dare criticize anyone – even Wally – when they dare suggest Arkansas football fans are apathetic. They are, I am, and it’s well deserved. The only reason I’m taking the time to write this post is because I’m about at my wit’s end. I’ve subscribed to this board a long time, but it’s about to the point where it’s all a big waste of time. Nothing ever changes. The same excuses, the same propaganda, the same bad results. My patience is about exhausted.
I do like Yurachek and Morris and am willing to see what they can do, I guess. But they have a big job ahead to overcome the losing culture permeating football and basketball. And the fan apathy resulting from it.