Will the next Arkansas State Head Football Coach be a natural fit for Jonesboro. Better yet will he come from the Natural State.
There several top coaches in this great state of Arkansas, some at different divisions and others at the D1 level as assistant coaches.
The Red Wolves officially went on the market for a new coach Monday morning when first year Head Coach Hugh Freeze resigned to take the Ole Miss job.
Let the college coaching carousel officially begin. In college football terms it's the domino effect of the business.
One head coach gets a job at another school and therefore his old job becomes available.
Most Red Wolves fans didn't expect Freeze to leave with just one year of D1 experience on his resume. A 10-2 season at Arkansas State definitely helped to make this a wild card position.
Freeze has left this program in better shape than he found it, now other college coaches around the country can't use the excuse that you can't win more than six ball games at Arkansas State.
ASU Athletic Director Dr. Dean Lee announced Monday during an afternoon press conference that he has hired a national search firm to help him organize the search for a new head coach. He is using Carr Associates, the same firm he used to find John Brady and Tommy Raffo for the Arkansas State Basketball and Baseball teams respectively.
Back to the question at the beginning of the story.
There are several quality coaches here in the state of Arkansas, are any of them and the Red Wolves a natural fit.
We are hearing that there are two assistant coaches on the Arkansas Razorback staff that has expressed interest in the job in recent years and we also feel that there is a couple of smaller division coaches that might be intrigued by the position.
Arkansas running back coach and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton made it widely known throughout the state last year when Freeze was hired that he had an interest in the position.
Horton graduated from Arkansas in 1990 and has been an assistant coach for the Razorbacks the last five seasons. He known as a good recruiter and has a good grasp on the state of Arkansas.
The other Arkansas assistant that might have interest in become a head coach is UA's defensive coordinator Willy Robinson.
He has been at Arkansas for the last four years as defensive coordinator for the Hogs and came to Arkansas after spending several years in the NFL.
The Fort Carson, Colorado native played two seasons at the College of Sequoias California before transferring to Fresno State.
Another very popular name in Central Arkansas is UCA's Head Football Coach Clint Conque.
Conque has led the Bears to a 9-4 record this season and a second round berth in the Division 1-AA National playoffs.
Conque led an impressive first half showing against Arkansas State this season before falling in the second half 53-24.
Conque is in his 12th season as the Bears Head Coach and came to Conway, Arkansas from Louisiana Tech where he spent seven years as the Bulldogs offensive coordinator.
One advantage Conque has in this coaching search is that his name is very recognizable in the State of Arkansas and is known as an outstanding recruiter. He also runs a high power offense.
Only time will tell if one of these coaches will gain the attention of the search firm and Dr. Lee.
Stay tuned to AStateNation.com as we take a look at several top coaches that may get a look and consideration for the job.