Kirk Bohls writes for the Austin Statesman. He's exceptionally good at what he does and he's well connected in Austin.
This morning, Bohls tweeted out a link to his "Nine things and one crazy prediction"... always a fun read. His comments about and from Gary Patterson are spot on; but it was his "one crazy prediction" that really made me think.
For his crazy prediction, Bohls wrote, "After Arkansas goes 11-1, it will hire Washington's Steve Sarkisian to replace John L. Smith."
First, I want to say that I think that Sark has done a very good job leading the program at UW and I believe their best days are ahead of them. A few months ago I visited the UW campus and met with the AD and the staff and took a behind the scenes tour of the university and all of the football facilities. The stadium is undergoing a major renovation which will be complete by the start of next season. My overall impression was extremely positive. The facilities (once the renovation is complete) will be top 10-15 in all of college football. The staff that Sark has hired is likewise extremely good (in fact I believe a number of his staff will in time become head coaches themselves). The quality of life in Seattle is hard to beat...Oh, and the quality of football in the Pac 12 is top notch as well.
I honestly believe that Pac 12 football for the next decade could be as strong as any conference has ever seen, and I believe it will be the most exciting collective brand of football played...and yes, I live in SEC country.
With all of that said, I believe that Sark is a guy that Arkansas should strongly consider because I believe that he is an excellent coach, leader and mentor for young men and his staff. However, I simply can't see Sark leaving the Pac 12 anytime soon. Sure, there would be a pay raise involved; but I simply don't know how or why you would leave a city like Seattle, a program that you have built to compete in one of the most challenging conferences in the land, the west coast lifestyle, etc...
I'll bring this back to where Bohls began his article, with words from TCU's Gary Patterson...Bohl's wrote, "Love the fact that Gary Patterson continues to stay at TCU despite plentiful job offers. At Big 12 media days, he said he has seen how constant job-changing 'can tear families up, and if you go somewhere else, there's a reason (the predecessor) left or had to leave. I'm just hoping my wife doesn't put me up on eBay.' Didn't sound like Patterson will be coaching forever. 'I'm 52,' he said. 'I still want to scuba-dive.'"
Just my prediction; but I can't see why Sark would leave UW for Arkansas after this season. Too many positive things happening out west right now.