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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. 

Author: Scott Roussel
A proud father of three and husband to an amazing wife, Scott has been overseeing FootballScoop and bringing you the latest coaching news for six years now. The creator of our Coaches of the Year awards, Scott probably speaks with more coaches nationwide than just about anyone. Have a question about the site or a job, feel free to contact Scott anytime at [email protected]