We talk about how we need be innovative to be a more sustainable national power at Arkansas, given lack of major D 1 talent in state.
I’m kidding of course about paying a recruiting director head coach money,
But what if we paid largest salary in US to recruiting coordinator and gave that person/office largest budget in US?
I know all our issues are not talent, but what if we had a plan to overcome talent deficits we have against bigs and were the destination for the nation’s best recruiting strategy activities in D1 instead of one of the boys?
We currently try hard, and arguably harder than most. But are we doing this as smart as possible? Onus may be on us to be more innovative than all the rest.
If we are to break the cycles of mediocrity and want to be a big, I wonder I we need find ways to innovate or I wonder if maybe a good year here or there but we are looking up from bottom more times than not.
I believe it can be done at Arkansas.
But it may require being much more innovative than competition to acheice parody much less exceleence - if that is our goal.
Crazy thought as we can’t wait to play again and prove TCU game was just a bad dream.
If we are serious about competing for the SEC championship, we should go hire the next Nick Saban and pay him the 7 million or whatever per year. I don’t know who that coach is but we can spend $160 million on additional facilities so why can’t we hire the best HC? I really do like CBB but I have no confidence he is going to get the program there. I expect this team to get better as the season goes along but we will have the same mediocrity every year Imo with him at the head. I believe if the right HC was in Fayetteville, the recruits would come.
I’m not calling for CBB’s head by any stretch here. Nonetheless, we are who we are and I don’t see that changing substantially without a different commitment to winning the SEC.
You have to win and to appeal to this young generation. The me syndrome is alive in this day and age.
Coach B has done pretty good jod but there a lot of schools that recruit kids they know very well won’t academically qualify normally we don’t. This year M. Brown was last minute being cleared by the NCAA. There are a lot that are signed by schools that end up at JUCO. I’d say it won’t improve until we hit the 9 win total and maintain. Otherwise we will be treading along.
I’d say from what he found on the hill when he arrived until now it’s been a better job than the record would indicate.
If he can put a good defense on the field we will get headed in a positive direction. It starts and ends with defense.
Funny. Everyone all ways says we can win big here sO when have we won big?
The rest was ok.
Yes we won the watered down west with Nutt and hot spanked in the championship game.
Ford. Yep spanked again
Petrini who most of u would have his baby didn’t even win the west.
There are only so many teams that can do it and sorry to say it is not us no matter what coach unless u want to pay players
We can win the west every now and then with a big senior class but not with inexperienced young kids.
Talk about MSU being so good what have they won ? Nothing
M. Brown is a prime example of why Arkansas can’t afford to recruit borderline players (Byers who went to Missouri). Though some of the recruits will need to be redshirted, a kid with Brown’s talent was needed on campus to go through fall practice. Instead, he was having to go through NCAA clearinghouse.
As for throwing $4M for a recruiting director, I’m not sure how throwing money at the recruiting position/office is going to help. First of all, it’s easy to think money solves problems. But money for the recruiting office doesn’t solve issues such as a small state that produces few D-1 players or Saturday flights into NWA. I’m not saying money can’t help, but stereotypes of backwoods Arkansas hillbillies are hard to overcome. Getting people on campus may change that perspective, but not sure more money for the recruiting office is the answer.
Here’s one thing where we are woefully lacking IMO
Did anyone see our hype video for FAMU? Complete snoozer. Our social media/digital team is FCS level.
I think most in the industry would agree that Clemson is in a class by themselves in this arena. Their twitter feed, social media team was way ahead the past few years and I have very little doubt that it has helped in their recruiting. https://twitter.com/sbnationcfb/status/902509138164502528
Just for funsies, I looked up the recruiting budgets for all 14 SEC schools, which have to be reported to the feds annually. As in most things, we’re midpack in the SEC. However, these numbers are for all men’s sports, not just football, and include the 2014-15 academic year.
#1 – Georgia, $1.8 million #2 – Bama, $1.68 million #3 – Auburn, $1.65 million. #4 – Tennessee, $1.55 million #5 – Kentucky, $1.49 million #6 – LSU, $1.27 million #7 – Florida, $1.24 million #8 – Arkansas, $1.17 million #9 – TAM, $990,000 #10 – Misery, $879,000 #11 – Vandy, $845,000 #12 – SoCar, $806,000 #13 – Old Mrs., $767,000 #14 – Moo U, $723,000
The latest recruiting expense figure we reported to the feds, which I think was for the 2016-17 academic year, was $1.55 million.
Kentucky, like us, doesn’t have a whole lot of in-state talent in football. Unlike us, they don’t have a lot of in-state talent in basketball either, or at least not enough to focus their recruiting on. The 2018 Jellycats have one in-state kid who is a transfer from a smaller school (read: there to keep their APR numbers up). Pitino isn’t much better at Hooker U; he has three scholarship kids from Kentucky.
Winning will help recruiting. It’s a chicken or the egg situation. When you win, recruiting improves. I do think putting more focus in Texas recruiting is a good idea. I see quite a few Texas recruits in the next class. I like that.