Not counting any player who has or will enter the transfer portal, here is a breakdown of what our new coach will inherit (for clarification’s sake, I pulled these numbers directly off the listed roster on Arkansas Razorbacks. 21 True Sophomores
1 Red Shirt Sophomore
2 Red Shirt Juniors
16 Red Shirt Freshmen
23 True Juniors
35 True Freshmen
No one has really talked about this aspect of the whole “coaching search” scenario. I believe any coach worth his salt that is either interested in becoming our next head coach or figures he might get a call/interview, would take a long and hard look at these numbers. Bottom line, we have a VERY young football team. Of course I guess you could spin that as a positive and tell the new coach “Hey coach, yes, we have a young team, but that just means a greater opportunity for you and your staff to be able to come in immediately and begin to teach these young men how to play the game better than they ever have before. And the other thing that HAS been discussed a lot on here is how crucial it is to get a coach hired ASAP to IMMEDIATELY hit the recruiting trail.
Finally, if I may, I would like to add my last thoughts on the coaching search: I think Norvell will stay where he’s at. I think Campbell will get the Florida State job. I think Mike Leach stays at Washington State. I think Bill Clark, the current coach at UAB ends up getting Charlie Strong’s old job at USF. That pretty much leaves one man: Lane Kiffin. Love him or hate him, I think he checks all the boxes that HY is looking for. And if he is hired as our new HC, I think he should immediately go grab Charlie Strong to be our DC, and Rhett Lashlee to be his OC. Anyways, that’s my two cents worth. Anybody got change for a dollar?