Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 11/27/12
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. Arkansas 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...
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