By Otis Kirk
Athlon has ranked the SEC head football coaching jobs in order in the SEC.
Many would probably assume Alabama is considered the top job in the SEC, but Athlon has Georgia at the top of the list. Alabama is next.
Arkansas comes in at No. 9 in the rankings. That puts it fifth in the SEC West. LSU is No. 4, Texas A&M No. 5 and Auburn at No. 6. Ole Miss comes in at No. 10 and Mississippi State No. 11.
Athlon was complimentary of Arkansas in many ways.
“There’s a lot to like about Arkansas: Great facilities (with a newly renovated stadium), underrated location (Northwest Arkansas is a great place to live) and passionate fans. But it’s tough sledding in the SEC, where the Hogs will always rank behind Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M on the food chain.”
The SEC East order behind Georgia was Florida No. 3, Tennessee No. 7, South Carolina at No. 8, Missouri No. 12, Kentucky No. 13 and Vanderbilt No. 14.
Arkansas opens the 2019 season on Saturday, Oct. 31 in Reynolds Razorback Stadium hosting Portland State.
Chad Morris is set to begin his second season at Arkansas and is hoping to see a much improved team on the field this fall. Arkansas will add a very good recruiting class to the players who returned from last year.
Morris saw several players leave the program, but the ones returning are the ones who had the buy in. It’s not unusual when a new coach comes in for some to leave and Arkansas was no different.
Senior defensive end Dorian Gerald, who was in Morris’ first recruiting class at Arkansas, sees a different attitude around the team this season.
“People have got to buy in,” Gerald said. “You have to. That was a big thing last year people not buying in. Everyone wasn’t on the same page. I believe we’ve got more guys on the same page and more guys bought in because of that us having to earn everything.”