The Arkansas Razorbacks are still in search of a head coach in light of the Bobby Petrino scandal. Things have gotten so bad for the program that they are starting to show their desperation, as evidenced by the report they contacted Pete Carroll to fill the vacancy.
According to John Engleman of 5News Sports in Arkansas, the school was trying to gauge his interest, and he rejected them.
Unless Arkansas had some great financial package to offer Carroll, there was no way they were going to lure him away from Seattle.
It probably wouldn't have worked for the Razorbacks even if they had the money. Carroll has built the Seahawks from the ground up since taking over as head coach in 2010. Those are his players. They have a great, young defense that will continue to get better and they are adding offensive weapons to help the team take the next step.
You can understand why the Razorbacks want to make a huge splash with their next head coach. They are coming off their best two-year stretch since joining the SEC in 1992. They played in the BCS for the first time ever in 2010 and finished in the top five last year for the first time since 1977.
Clearly, they believe they are an elite program in the SEC, and when you think like that, you believe you can land any coach you want.
Sadly, this program is not at that level. They are trying to prove something that isn't true, and it makes them look so desperate in the process.
Arkansas can land a quality head coach somewhere, but going after Carroll was the wrong move at the wrong time. He was not a viable option for them, and they had to have known that going in.
It is time for the Razorbacks to look in the mirror and realize that they have to start completely over, with a new coach, new staff and getting players on board with a new philosophy.
The success they experienced under Petrino was great, but that era is over and it is time to let a new day begin. Don't try to hit a home run by flirting with someone you know won't give you the time of day.
Look to find the next great coach instead of recycling the same ones.