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John Daly offers Jeff Long advice on Arkansas coaching search

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In the week since Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long gave coach Bobby Petrino the unceremonious boot, about the only new development regarding UA’s “coaching search” is that there haven’t been any developments… at least publicly. Everyone from Gus Malzahn to Gary Patterson and former NFL coach Steve Mariucci has, in some form or fashion, deflected any talk connecting them to the vacant position.

Still, that hasn’t stopped some from throwing out possible names on a Daly basis (*nudgnudge*).

Via his official Twitter account, PGA member and Arkansas alum John Daly* (pictured) decided he would toss another name into the UA coaching hat for consideration: former NFL coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden.

Been trying to help, all is in @JeffLongUA hands & I’ve passed all info to him–if that is the route they want to go I think that Gruden would be the perfect fit! Razorback fans would welcome Gruden with open arms! I know it’s a long shot but I live for Arkansas!

If we can’t get Gruden we need a NFL coach–Petrino raised the bar in Razorback football & I’m hoping @jefflongUA gets us someone strong is my point! I’m here to support our Hogs & the decision that is made!

For the past two years, Gruden’s name has, at least in passing, been associated with every single coaching vacancy at every level of football — even Pee Wee. And, every time, it hasn’t happened. Now, one could make the connection that because of Gruden’s QB expertise mashed with Tyler Wilson‘s growing buzz, this would be a match made in heaven. Beyond that? That’s up to Long to see if there’s a fit. If Gruden’s interested. If Long’s interested.

(*Before anybody asks, no, I don’t know if Daly gets his pants at Grandmothers “R” Us. Lay off, will ya?)

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9 Responses to “John Daly offers Jeff Long advice on Arkansas coaching search”
  1. cubano76 says: Apr 16, 2012 2:10 PM

    Oh great, here we go………..

  2. florida727 says: Apr 16, 2012 3:14 PM

    Daly offering advice to Long about who should be the next football coach at Arkansas, is a lot like me offering Daly swing tips to improve his ball-striking or short game.

  3. drjem says: Apr 16, 2012 4:22 PM

    I read the salient literature on Daly’s pants. They are called…..”LoudMouthGolf.” You order them at BUT, there is a waiting list to get them!!! The article went on to say that Daly has made more in one year off those pants than he made in his entire career as a PGA golfer. You may make fun of his pants…..but, I assure you, he’s laughing all the way to the bank. On a different note, I like his choice (in Gruden) for Ark football.

  4. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 16, 2012 4:41 PM

    “You may make fun of his pants…..but, I assure you, he’s laughing all the way to the bank”

    He better be banking wearing those things.

  5. Deb says: Apr 16, 2012 5:06 PM

    Ah, yes, another example of the Emperor’s New Clothes. They’re the latest in golfwear, so we’re supposed to pretend it doesn’t look as though Daly’s wearing pants made from an overstock of fat quarters.

    Well, at least Daly’s choice of Jon Gruden suggests he’s probably an excellent … golfer. Other than serving as a grad assistant at Tennessee and spending a couple of years as a position coach at different schools, Gruden has no NCAA experience. The toughest part of the NCAA game is recruiting–convincing moms and dads you’ll take good care of their kids, then being part nurturer when the kids show up. Gruden is many things, but a nurture, he is not.

    When Gruden left the Bucs, his players were vocal about how he pitted them against one another and routinely lied to their faces. That’s not someone who’s going to find it easy to navigate the myriad rules of the NCAA. As Ben says, his name is thrown out for every job that comes open. That doesn’t mean he’s the best candidate for every job that comes open.

  6. imaduffer says: Apr 17, 2012 12:13 AM

    Anyone seeking John Daly’s advice needs to go seek advice.

  7. sweepthleg says: Apr 17, 2012 12:32 AM

    As a Bucs fan it still baffles me that the media still credits Jon Gruden with some kind of mystical QB force. Where and When has he ever shown the slightest bit of ability at teaching a rookie QB how to play at the highest level? Name one player!

    He won the Superbowl with Brad freaking Johnson. He then proceeded to draft crappy QB after crappy QB in the NFL draft. He brought in Jeff Garcia because his prospects were so bad.

    I understand somewhere in the 90s he stood next to Brett Favre and happened to be in the Raiders job when Rich Gannon decided to learn how to play football, but neither were rookies or drafted by Gruden. The guy is an asshat that will never coach again! Put it on the board! He knows he will never coach again but like people saying he’s some kind of QB savant. I know ESPN has an interest in making it appear he knows what he’s talking about, but Ben you don’t work for them. You don’t have to carry on the lie that Jon Gruden has any idea how to mentor a young QB. His track record has never and will never support it.

  8. sports_dude says: Apr 17, 2012 1:30 AM

    @sweepthleg completely agree. Gruden was fired because he couldn’t develop talent. He won with Dungy’s team. Case closed.

  9. Deb says: Apr 17, 2012 12:22 PM

    @sweepthleg …

    Exactly. But apparently if a garishly dressed golfer with Arkansas ties thinks Gruden would make a good prospect for the Hogs, it’s not for us to disagree :roll: It almost makes you want some of these fools to get their wish just so you can say “told ya so.” But as an SEC fan, I’d hate to see Arkansas shoot itself in the foot.

    It’s really a moot point, however, because Chucky’s not leaving MNF (unfortunately), and Long’s not foolish enough to consider him. Arkansas needs a serious NCAA coach with a talent for recruiting. Guys like that are out there–the question is whether they’ll be available for 2012 or whether Arkansas will have to go with an interim coach until season’s end.

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