I spoke to Lance Harter and Bev Lewis about when he took the job in 1990. Harter had turned down UCLA and USC in the years before Arkansas called, and he took the job thinking he would be coaching in the SWC, where he was an athlete for Texas Tech. The day after he moved to Fayetteville, the Razorbacks joined the SEC.
Besides being a superlative technical expert in his field, what strikes me the most about CLH is his humility. So deeply humble with incredible lifetime achievements.