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Morpheus
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Is Wes Johnson a possibility at Arkansas after Van Horn?

I know I have the cart way before the horse here but this guy Wes sounds like an unbelievable coach . Honest to god I knew nothing about him as I don’t follow position coaches on other teams that closely or whatsoever. Saying all that he sounds like a guy who Arkansas would throw the book at after Van Horn retires at some point. I know that a manager and pitching coach are two separate things but genuinely curious if people think he a possibility up there in 3-5 when/if Van Horn retires with his ties to the state and school. He may or may not want to be a manager or doesn’t have the type of personality for it I have no idea. Just wanted to hear others thoughts about him.


Nix to Twillie
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I know I have the cart way before the horse here


yeah, lil bit.


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Adajax
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LSU fans already melting about losing a coach that just got here. Y'all never fail to entertain.


mdomingue
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LSU fans already melting about losing a coach that just got here. Y'all never fail to entertain.




That ain't a melt. Seemed like just a question to me.

To the op, if WJ is as good as it appears that he is, I would assume he would get a head coaching offer in the next 3-5 anyway. I would expect Arky to make a run at him if that comes open in that time frame. Whether or not he takes any offer is going to be dependant on him more than anything, what he wants, where he and his family want to live, and how much money he just can't turn down. His connections to Arky would make that job a little more appealing than many others, it would seem.

But while he is here, our pitching should markedly improve.


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Adam4848
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Half of their fanbase wants Vitello and half wants Johnson.


josh336
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Wouldnt be surprised at all if he were only here for 1-2 years. But thats fine with me


tigerbait3488
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Only on here can we speculate about a coach leaving who was hired 2 days ago and is not even here yet. Christ


josh336
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Its a messageboard. Its a place to speculate. Relax
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Hot Carl
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Wouldnt be surprised at all if he were only here for 1-2 years. But thats fine with me


I’d be surprised if he was here longer. And that’d be fine with me too. If he’s still here 3-5 years from now, then he likely wasn’t as good as we’d hoped. I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere he does want to be a HC someday. And he’s already 50.


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ProjectP2294
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Half of their fanbase wants Vitello and half wants Johnson.


Vitello won't leave what he's building/built to go there.

Over the long term, they offer no real advantages to where he's at now.


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LSU fans already melting about losing a coach that just got here. Y'all never fail to entertain.


How’s this a melt?


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MrKnowItAll
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This board never disappoints.
.....Worrying about him leaving before the man even gets here...... I wonder if Wes Johnson would leave Arkansas and come back to be head coach at LSU to replace Jay Johnson in 10 years?


Tigercoop40
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Was raised in Arkansas. Played in Arkansas. Coached for Arkansas. And many want him when DVH retires. I would say it’s a safe bet he’s on top of their list as long as he doesn’t bomb here.


Tigercoop40
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I wonder if Wes Johnson would leave Arkansas and come back to be head coach at LSU to replace Jay Johnson in 10 years?



No, he wouldn’t.


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ProjectP2294
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as long as he doesn’t bomb here.


Odds are against that happening.


Tigercoop40
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Odds are against that happening.


Oh no, I agree with you.

Talked with an Arkansas players Dad about Johnson yesterday. Had great things to say about the hire. Says he’s a huge players coach, that his son and Johnson stay in talk regularly still. Johnson was one of the big recruiters for him and reasons he came to Arkansas.


ProjectP2294
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He's highly thought of in coaching circles too. And look at some of the comments from Twins pitchers about this.


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SeanLSU
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If you asked last year who their top pick for Dave Van Horn's eventual successor would be, the vast majority of folks here in Fayetteville would have said Vitello. However, they have soured on him a bit like other fanbases due to his excessive douchery at Tennessee. Enter Wes Johnson. I would say he would be a big fan favorite now as an eventual head ballcoach at UA. People here still love WJ and think very highly of his coaching capabilities. I doubt Van Horn hangs em up anytime soon, though. I think he's still itching to bring home the hardware after getting so close the last couple seasons.


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BBATiger
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I think this is my cue to just stay on OT Lounge till late August. Jeez


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LeTurdTheFerg
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He hasn't even gotten here yet


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