There is a great song from the 1990’s by the Gin Blossoms called “Hey Jealousy.”
It contains one of my favorite lyrics, when they sing, “If you don’t expect too much from me, you might not be let down.”
The song is about a relationship between a man and a woman. But those lyrics can apply to a lot of things in life.
It can easily be applied to the relationship between fans and their favorite teams. It’s what a lot of Arkansas Razorback supporters are experiencing right now.
Fans enter each new season with high hopes. That’s how it is supposed to work. Everyone is undefeated. Anything and everything seems possible.
A new head Hog in Chad Morris perked up expectations. Some were a bit lofty. If you listened to local sports radio or read message boards, there were a lot of overly optimistic opinions.
I’m not saying Morris can’t turn the program around, but it’s going to take time. After the loss to Colorado State, some folks are already calling for his head.
There’s an old gridiron axiom stating that it’s not about the X’s and O’s, it’s about the Jimmy’s and Joe’s. Sure, coaching matters, but you’ve got to have players.
Recruiting is an inexact science, and there are always exceptions, but generally signing higher rated high school players is better than signing lower rated high school players.
And the more higher rated players, the better.
The Hogs’ 2016 recruiting class ranked 23rd overall. Not bad.
The problem is that in the SEC they ranked only 9th. Even worse, it was 6th in the seven team SEC West.
Their 2017 class was similar, ranking 27th. But again, just 10th in the conference and sixth in the division.
Morris is already building a nice 2019 class that might shape up to be one of the better the Hogs have had in a while.
But what Morris also has to build is a culture of winning. The Razorbacks have infamously blown several large leads in recent years, including last week against the Rams.
They must figure out how to win games they are supposed to win.
Another lyric from the song goes, “If I hadn’t blown the whole thing years ago, I might be here with you.”
One could say this applies to the Bobby Petrino saga.
A lot of fans wish Petrino was still coaching at the University of Arkansas.
His final 2011 team went 11-2, won the Cotton Bowl, and finished ranked number five in the nation.
But he blew it. In my opinion, he’s not the kind of guy you want as the face of your program.
A lyric near the end of the song is, “The past is gone but something might be found to take its place.”
Razorback fans have found themselves with Chad Morris. I’m hopeful he can to turn the program into a winner. Just not this this year.