Beware what you hear regarding the coaching vacancies at Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Everybody from Jon Gruden to up-and-coming assistants and little-known FCS coaches will be mentioned for those high-profile openings, three of which are among the most coveted jobs in the country.
Rumors have been flying for weeks, so lets take a look at each job.
Whos out: John L. Smith
Record: 4-8 (2-6 SEC)
Mitigating circumstances: Smith was put in a tough situation, taking over on an interim basis when Bobby Petrino was fired in April. Arkansas was ranked 10th in the APs preseason poll, but never recovered from a loss to Louisiana-Monroe, finished 12th in the SEC in scoring defense and lost four of its final five games.
Pros: The university has made a commitment to winning, is financially stable and Petrino showed that sustained success can be had with the right coach.
Cons: The state doesnt produce a large amount of talent, meaning the new coach must be able to re...