The Top 7 Likely Choices to Become the Next Head Coach of Arkansas in 2013

Adam Chemerinsky@@achemerinskyContributor IApril 6, 2012

The Top 7 Likely Choices to Become the Next Head Coach of Arkansas in 2013

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    There is no way Arkansas can keep Bobby Petrino after everything that has unfolded this week. While he is on administrative leave, it is pretty clear that is just code for "our lawyers are researching that we can fire him with just cause and not have to pay his contract."

    He tried to lie his way out of everything until realizing all the details were neatly stacked in a police report that wouldn't allow him to weasel his way out of this one.

    While I am not here to offer advice on how to get away with having an affair, I do think rule No. 1 is no man should ever hire the 25-year-old blond that he is cheating on his wife with. But with that said I am glad it was a "previous" relationship that ended as soon as his motorcycle crashed on Sunday.

    While it is too late for Arkansas to hire a coach for this upcoming season, this is a list of who they should hire after the 2012-2013 season ends. 

Garrick Mcgee

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    The No. 1 choice in my opinion and the choice that makes the most sense.

    The former Arkansas offensive coordinator, who is known for developing QBs such as Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson, will have a trial run as a head coach at UAB. No matter how he does there, he should be the next coach at Arkansas.

    Even if he has a losing season his first year as coach at UAB, he shouldn't be penalized. It is UAB after all. 

Skip Holtz

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    The Big East is a mess and no coach from this conference would pass up a chance to coach in the SEC. There are long family ties here as well: Skip's father, Lou, was the head coach at Arkansas (1977-1983) and Skip went to high school in Fayetteville where the University of Arkansas is located. 

Chris Peterson

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    There is not much more for Chris Peterson to prove at Boise. His assistants have all been leaving him, and he has been able to keep winning because of his quarterback, Kellen Moore.  

    This will be year one without Moore, who graduated after playing for what seemed to be a decade. Blue turf just isn't as cute if you aren't winning. 

Taver Johnson

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    Meet the acting head coach of the 2012 Arkansas Razorbacks assuming Petrino is terminated. Now picture Arkansas winning the SEC. Do they have any choice but to give him the head coaching job? 

Paul Rhoads

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    His stock may have been a little higher after upsetting Oklahoma State, but the ties are in place for him to be a hot name and they could do worse. The current athletic director at Arkansas worked with Rhoads at Pitt when Rhoads was defensive coordinator. 

Pete Carroll

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    Call me crazy, but I have a sneaking suspicion this is Pete's last year in Seattle. The college game will be offering again, and Pete will listen.

    There will be pressure from Arkansas boosters to make him the highest paid coach in college football history, because when it comes down to it, Arkansas fans want to win more then they care about Pete's past and the circumstances in which he left USC will not bother them at all. 

Gus Malzahn

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    Gus Malzahn will spend 2012 as head coach of Arkansas State. He served as offensive coordinator at Arkansas when Houston Nutt was the coach so the coaching ties are there. He knows the city and what the expectations to succeed in Arkansas.  

    Look for him to bail on Arkansas State as soon as someone better calls him.