‘Welcome to the University of Arkansas! We have no idea what we’re doing!’

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The state of Razorbacks Nation on Thursday:

By golly, Arkansas did it. They got an Arkansas Man. They got a man who is a Southern Man. He’s a former Hog. He gets it.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to welcome Derrick Gragg with a Hog Call!

Wait. Wait.

Most likely.

We think.




I guess.

OK, we don’t know.

And that all came in the course of about two hours. Here at SEC Country, we reported nothing when everyone else was. We had a story out Thursday afternoon that said *others* were reporting the Tulsa athletic director was Arkansas’ next athletic director. That’s it. Trent Shadid and I made calls and sent texts. Some people told us, “That’s what I’m hearing.”

Not good enough. Especially with the state of things among the Arkansas donor class right now.

“If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” Those are the first words you learn in journalism school. If they weren’t, you’re not a journalist.

Everyone was so quick to pile on with their own sources they were burned. Maybe not forever as Gragg may end up being the man for the job. The sheer fact it was reported he was, and by multiple outlets, means one of two things.

  • Someone from a donor/board faction slipped the info out without knowing how it would end up.
  • Someone ran with info without confirming it.

I can almost guarantee you, though, it was the first one. Arkansas’ warring factions within its donor/BoT party can’t get their act together enough to present a united front. As such, the university continues to look completely foolish.

Gragg as the man for the job would make sense. The current Tulsa athletic director spent seven years in the Frank Broyles administration from 2000-06. He played his college football at Vanderbilt and worked there and Missouri, too. He is one of four finalists for the gig, we are actually reporting.

Good luck to all.

Please end soon.


Lane Kiffin at Arkansas would be a bad idea

First of all, two good seasons in six years (at three different jobs, no less) as a college football head coach does not scream GREATNESS to me. Nor should it to anyone else. Heck, Bret Bielema had two good seasons in five at Arkansas and he was run out of town.

Kiffin probably will end up somewhere grander than Florida Atlantic at some point later this fall or winter. It’s just incredibly hard to imagine it being Arkansas.

Part of the reason Bielema is out is because the way he dealt with — or didn’t deal with, perhaps more appropriately —  the higher-ups. Meaning, the higher-ups above the athletic director. He didn’t play politics or “ball,” as it were, enough to satisfy. Bielema practically said as much in his final press conference.

So do people really think Kiffin would? The guy makes fun of everyone, throws constant shade and is a caricature of himself at this point. I would love it, personally, as he is a man whose attitude mirrors my own. The old-money Arkansas, though? Nah.


  • This unusual column sees Wally Hall at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette fawn over Gus Malzahn as hopeful next Hogs coach. Either that or the piece is sarcastic. Unsure which.
  • To many, Auburn’s Malzahn and Memphis coach Mike Norvell are the two “favorites” to be Arkansas’ next coach. Makes sense. They’re pretty similar guys.
  • Whoever the next coach is, he’ll have a great opportunity with the in-state Class of 2019.
  • Arkansas fans, you have two options, says our resident Hogs fan and podcaster John Nabors.

Tweets and the like

Well, Arkansas, at least you’re not Tennessee. This is tremendous, by the way.

Yes, things are quite calm and sane and usual in Arkansas. That much is, ahem, clear.

Asinine. Not because Florida caught a big break, but because the notion an “outsider” can’t hack it in the SEC is just plain silly.

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

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