Ole Miss and Missouri are two SEC football programs that often go head-to-head with Arkansas on the recruiting trail.
Coaches from both schools aren’t sure how Bobby Petrino’s firing will impact the competition with Arkansas for future recruits.
“I think it’s too early to tell,” Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze told the AJC. “I think Arkansas has had some tremendous years recruiting and they have great facilities. I’m not confident enough to say we have a great advantage now. Now I think it could be an advantage but certainly they could go get another great coach in there, which I’m sure they will. Then [Petrino’s firing] would be over in the minds of recruits very fast … so it’s kind of hard for me to say on that.”
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel said, “I haven’t thought about how it will affect our recruiting. I think a lot of people recruit against Arkansas, not just us. I don’t know a lot about the whole thing over there, so we’re just going to continue to do what we do.”
Neither coach had the opportunity to match wits with Petrino in SEC play. Freeze is about to begin his first year at Ole Miss, while Missouri is about to begin its first year in the SEC.
“I hate [Petrino’s dismissal] for all involved … Coach Petrino and his family, the Arkansas family, the coaches and the players – that can’t be a fun thing that any of them are going through,” Freeze said. “You just hate it for all involved. None of us are perfect. We make mistakes. You hope in life that your mistakes are minimized and that they don’t cause damage to you, your family and your career.
“I’ve learned a long time ago, I don’t pass judgment on people. You don’t walk in their shoes and know all the details but we hurt for all those involved.”
Said Pinkel, “Well, it’s obviously a difficult situation, and I really don’t have more to say.”
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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