But if you are in the SEC and in a lesser state when it comes to recruiting (Arkansas, Tennessee) you want to hire a recruiting guru first and foremost.
I respect Patterson a lot, and once in a while he has gotten a recruiting skin on the wall. But he is a much better developer of talent than a recruiter of talent. I put him in the same category as Tuberville. That is not that kind of coach Arkansas needs. Pete Carroll is the type of coach Arkansas needs.
This sounds a lot like Petrino. He wasn't a good recruiter, either. he was more of an Xs and Ox & developer.
I'd love it if we could have both. But if we can't, I'll take a tactician.
A lot of people have thrown out this $6MM/yr figure for Arkansas' coach. I've always wondered if that was, maybe, the entire coaching budget being offered. "We'll give you $6MM/yr to put together your staff. However much for you, however much for your DC, OC, etc, etc...but no more than $6MM."
I'd rather we spent $4MM on a HC and had a badass DC than $6MM on a coach with some chump calling our defense.