The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss personnel decisions, presumably the openings of athletic director and head football coach.
The board immediately went into executive session, shielding the public from the contents of what was being discussed. After nearly three hours inside a small conference room in Little Rock, the board ended its meeting with nothing to report. There were no decisions made nor any votes taken, chairman of the board Ben Hyneman said immediately after the meeting.
Shortly thereafter, however, reports have emerged that Arkansas has hired University of Houston athletic director Hunter Yurachek to fill the same role in Fayetteville. The hire was first reported by FootballScoop.com.
Still, Razorbacks fans are pulling their hair out hoping the coaching search doesn’t turn into a complete circus. No one knows who is in charge of the search, or if a clear direction has been established with everyone on the same page. When asked what he’d say to fans waiting on pins and needles, Hyneman tried to reassure the masses.
“Keep the faith that everybody understands the importance of it,” Hyneman told reporters. “We all are Razorbacks. We love the Hogs. We love the university system and all of its components. We’re going to work very, very hard to get to where we all need to be.”
It’s certainly possible the board took an unofficial vote regarding the head coach. The board met for four hours in early November and came away with nothing to report. Six days later, Jeff Long was fired as athletic director. Maybe we’ll see a similar result here.
But this is a different situation. Time is of the essence with the December football signing period just over two weeks away. While competing programs are out recruiting across the country, Arkansas is still without a coach.