To Clay Travis, the time has come for two SEC programs to make coaching moves.
Writing for Outkick The Coverage on Sunday, the analyst named Tennessee and Arkansas as programs that “need to fire their head coaches.” It’s no secret that the Volunteers and Razorbacks have struggled big-time this season, with them combining for an awful 5-9 record.
Here’s how Travis breaks down the situation.
9. Tennessee and Arkansas both need to fire their head coaches.
Tennessee’s top target is Jon Gruden. We’ll see what in the world ends up happening there, but this is the order I would contact coaches if I were in charge of Tennessee.
1. Jon Gruden
2. James Franklin
3. Chip Kelly
4. Bob Stoops
5. Dan Mullen
I think Dan Mullen is the floor for Tennessee, a coach you 100% could get if you want him. There are other coaches that could be sexy on the offensive side of the ball — Bobby Petrino, Mike Leach, and Scott Frost among them — but I think Mullen is a safe, no nonsense hire who would win at a high level at Tennessee. Plus, he’s vetted and you eliminate pretty much every risk. If a guy has been to a bowl game in eight straight years at Mississippi State do you really think he’s going to fall on his face at Tennessee?
As for Arkansas, do you know who my top target would be if I was hiring for the Razorbacks? Lane Kiffin.
It’s hard to see Jones surviving at Tennessee, with the Volunteers floundering under his leadership. The Vols have lost three consecutive games, and it’s difficult to envision Jones recovering from the recent trouble. Some of those names Travis mentions as possible replacements are kind of ridiculous — Bob Stoops and Dan Mullen — but it will be fascinating to see how Tennessee moves forward.
Arkansas is another interesting case. It’s surprising how quickly the Razorbacks’ situation has spiraled. They have lost three straight games, and they have looked awful in doing so. Bielema needs a boost quickly.
Both Jones and Bielema shouldn’t be feeling comfortable at the moment.