John Daly Calls for Jon Gruden to Take Bobby Petrino's Vacated Position

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2012

SCIACCA, ITALY - MARCH 31:  John Daly of USA reacts to a putt during the third round of the Sicilian Open at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort on March 31, 2012 in Sciacca, Italy.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Golf star John Daly loves the Arkansas Razorbacks, and given the football program's recent state of chaos, he offered his thoughts on who should replace Bobby Petrino as head coach. 

Like most, Daly took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the unfortunate situation at his alma mater. 

My first loyalty is to the University of Arkansas. I trust that Jeff Long will do what's best for the program. Everyone in the Razorback Nation is devastated! This is heartbreaking as Coach Petrino is a very good friend of mine! From here, I think we will need a great coach like him to continue our winning ways! I myself, would hold out for a great NFL coach---GRUDEN! #GoHogs

Clearly that's over 140 characters, but the length of his message just shows Daly's true passion for the Razorbacks. 

While he doesn't specify which Gruden he would like, one has to assume he's talking about current ESPN Monday Night Football commentator Jon Gruden. 

He could be talking about Jon's brother Jay, the current offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. Jay did a stellar job his first year in the position, helping young quarterback Andy Dalton lead the Bengals into the postseason. 

Since Daly never said NFL head coach, he leaves it open for debate. However, he's most likely talking about Jon because he's the guy that gets mentioned for just about every head coaching job in America. 

Jon did sign a five-year extension with ESPN back in October of last year, and the new contract begins in September of this year. 

It's highly unlikely the Razorbacks would be able to land either Gruden, especially Jon, but there's nothing wrong with Daly sharing his opinion. 

Finding a coach with an impressive resume like Petrino to step in right now will be difficult, but bringing in a former NFL coach like Gruden would work wonders for the school's recruiting. 

Arkansas has to make sure it lands a high profile coach after such a terrible fallout, but this, of course, will not be an easy task. Yes, the Razorbacks play in the SEC, but competing against LSU, Alabama and Auburn every year is a daunting challenge to say the least. 

With Gruden locked into ESPN, Daly would be wise to think of other potential replacements for Petrino. 



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