Gus Malzahn is most divisive figure in Arkansas and he isn’t even coach … yet?

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They call it silly season. Emotions are running hot. People get angry about things they really should not get angry about. If you disagree, you are a heathen, a hater and undeserving to Call the Hogs.

This is especially the feeling regarding Arkansas and Gus Malzahn. There seems to be no middle ground on the Auburn coach — you either love him or you hate him. Either way, most agree Arkansas is interested in getting him as the next Razorbacks coach.

Some in this profession, here locally, have gone so far as to say Malzahn has already been offered by the Arkansas brass.

And there are two camps on what happens next — forgetting the desire for Malzahn from the fans. Now we get to the “would he take the Arkansas job” question. Just like the desire one, opinions are split. No middle ground, seemingly. Malzahn either is dying to “come home” or he’s playing the Razorbacks like a fiddle.

Super. So if he is hired, it ought to go over very well with an already fractured fan base.

One AD candidate is out

Kirby Hocutt was one name I threw out as a potential hire for the Arkansas athletic director should the university pursue a current AD. Along with being the active athletic director at Texas Tech, Hocutt is chairman of the College Football Playoff Committee and was previously AD at Miami (Fla.).

Hocutt apparently won’t be the next AD at Arkansas, though. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported Wednesday Hocutt isn’t “going anywhere.”

One down. Eleven million to go.

Side note: If you ask me, this search is narrowing faster than the coaching search. Arkansas has to wait on Malzahn (who I personally believe is the university’s A-1 top choice). But if he does turn the Hogs down, the backup plan might take some time to get its engine revved again.

Among all the chaos, it’s time you recognize Hogs basketball

They are good. They may not be great yet, but signs suggest they’re headed in that direction.

A lot of us who follow sports closely, every single day, eating up any bit of news, sometimes get a skewed vision of what the common fan sees and knows about. Thus the genesis of this column Wednesday.

Most of the news out of Arkansas lately has rightly been about the craziness of the athletic director and coach searches. If you are a common fan, it’s easy to get lost in that and not realize some of the good things going on with the Hogs.

Basketball is most definitely a good thing. Mike Anderson has his team at 5-1 with their lone loss to defending national champ North Carolina. The next couple weeks will be a test for the Hogs as they head to Houston to face a decent Cougars team on Saturday, then host top-10 Minnesota a week later.

Go watch them. You’ll enjoy it, I promise.

ICYMI

  • If you don’t want Malzahn but definitely want Memphis coach Mike Norvell, or vice versa, that’s a curious way to be. The two are cut from the same cloth on the field.
  • Trent Shadid and I examine where exactly Arkansas goes from here in our latest Sound Off.
  • Unfortunately, Arkansas fans, what the UofA decision-makers have been doing most of the last six days is indeed an embarrassment.
  • We have a new top 5 most likely Arkansas football coaches. Trent and I, with some assistance from our boss Thomas Neumann, revamped our top 5 (down from 10) with some names off the board and some new jobs opening up.
  • Nate Allen, a freelance sportswriter who I am thrilled is back on the beat after some time away, writes Arkansas needs better results from its search firm than it received last time.
  • The best #ProHogs roundup on the Arkansas beat comes from Andrew Hutchinson at 247Sports. No different this time.

Tweets and the like

Brett McMurphy gets it. Can bury head in the sand if you prefer, but Arkansas is a laughingstock right now, saved only by Tennessee’s once-in-a-life botch job.

Heyyy, happy belated birthday, D-Mac. Wait. That nickname is taken. Macon Buckets!

Ye s! Go read this entire thread. Brilliant work here from Bart Pohlman.

Skip Breakfast? C’mon. It’s too important. Catch up with previous versions here.

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