Let the madness begin !!! The real March Madness !!! I'm not talking about the NCAA tournament. This is all about the Arkansas coaching search. We are 5 days into the search, and Jeff Long has been like Cliff Lee when he's rolling. He has everybody guessing .
"Mike Anderson to Arkansas for 2.6 million a year", " A University plane is on it's way to Chicago ". Those are two of today's hot rumors. Another update, just heard that Jeff Long is in Tulsa. Who hasn't been mentioned as a possible candidate ?Tubby Smith, Tim Floyd, Billy Gillispie, Buzz Williams, Mark Turgeon, Mike Anderson, Frank Martin, Bill Self, Greg Marshall.. and Wally even put Phil Jackson as a longshot in his potential coaching field.
I'm pretty sure about two things. The next coach can't have any NCAA dirt on his hands( Bruce Pearl) and won't be paid more than Bobby Petrino. At this point, I believe Coach Petrino has earned the right to be the highest paid coach on the UA campus. Football is the big money maker, and Bobby P. has the football hogs rolling.
So who should you believe ? I have to go with ESPN. These days, it's usually someone like Andy Katz who breaks the big college story. I agree with Jeff Long. I think Arkansas can land a tourney coach. They have the tradition , money,5 top recruits and a rabid fan base. I'm confident that Jeff Long won't end the search until he's exhausted every possibility. This is a huge hire for Long . I have no idea when this search will end. Who knows it could be over by the time this hits the web. Just watched George Mason knock off Villanova. You may see Jim Larranaga's name on someone's list tomorrow.