Update on the Arkansas opening
I spoke with several people today regarding the search at Arkansas.
When asked yesterday about rumors that he was considered a candidate at Arkansas, Gary Patterson offered a somewhat vague, "I don't think there's anything to that." Today I spoke with two sources close to Gary and both said there is nothing to the rumor, "Gary will be the coach at TCU next year and for a long time."
There seems to be a lot of positioning going on still in this search and I continue to believe that Arkansas AD Jeff Long won't decide until he sits down and discusses the opportunity with his preferred candidate after they finish their regular season. However, a source with knowledge of the search tells me that Long is very interested in speaking with Bo Pelini about his interest in the job.
I don't have a dog in this hunt and am simply relaying information but for a lot of reasons I could see Pelini to Arkansas happening, and truthfully I think he would be successful there. He has learned a lot about how to handle the pressure of a large "engaged" fan base over the past few years in Lincoln and he knows his way around the SEC.
As always, we'll keep you posted as this one plays out.