Is Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini a Candidate for Arkansas?

By Patrick Schmidt


Bruce Thorson-US PRESSWIRE

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is the latest name to be associated with the soon-to-be open Arkansas job.

The rumor mill is heating up with names like Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville and TCU’s Gary Patterson being coveted by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, but if they strike out on either of those two candidates, Pelini may be their next choice.

With ties to the SEC as the defensive coordinator at LSU from 2005-2007, Pelini would bring a defensive background to the school that has made offense their calling card in recent years.

The big question is would Pelini leave Nebraska, where he is poised to go to the Big Ten championship game and a potential appearance in the Rose Bowl for Arkansas?

Nebraska is 8-2 and has one of the nations best rushing attacks, and with quarterback Taylor Martinez still in Lincoln, I don’t think Pelini would bolt for an Arkansas job that is somewhat overrated to me.

If Arkansas was not in the SEC, this would not be a plum coaching gig, where it is likely the seventh or eighth best job in the country when you factor in resources, fan base and recruiting.

In his fifth season as a head coach Pelini has a career record of 47-18 and since the move to the Big Ten is 17-6.

Pelini knows he can win consistently at Nebraska and unless he is looking for the challenge of coaching in the SEC, he would be foolish to leave for Arkansas if the school came calling.

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Patrick is a diehard Chicago sports and an avid college football fan, and the host of “The Wake-up Call,” a weekly sports show on airing live on Wednesday mornings from 8-10. View his show’s website here.

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