Arkansas is in the midst of one of the worst years in recent memory and will be looking to make a big splash in the coaching market when their season mercilessly comes to an end.
One prominent name in college football has been rumored as a potential candidate to head up the Arkansas program that John L. Smith has coached with lackluster results this season following the scandal that Bobby Petrino left in Fayetteville that led to his dismissal.
One candidate that will be mentioned is current Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville who has strong SEC ties having coached at Ole Miss and Auburn from 1995-2008 before his current stint as the coach of the Red Raiders.
The Camden, Arkansas native played for Southern Arkansas and got his first collegiate coaching gig at Arkansas State.
Tuberville has Texas Tech 6-2 and ranked No. 18 in the recent poll in his second season at the helm and would stand to make a significant raise from the 2 million dollar salary he makes at Tech.
If Tuberville is propositioned by the Arkansas athletic department this offseason he would have to ask himself if he wants to continue building the program at Texas Tech or to go to his home state and the conference where he won five SEC west divisions and one SEC championship.
One potential knock on Tuberville is that he will be 57 years old during the 2013 season and Arkansas may look for a younger alternative than the seasoned Tuberville.
However, he has ties to the state, the conference, and the division to go along with a 7-3 record in bowl games on top of his 129-74 career record that would attract recruits back to Arkansas and restore the expectations that the program had in 2011 when the team was ranked as high as No. 3 in 2011.
Tuberville to Arkansas could be the perfect hire for the program looking to erase the stain of 2012.
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