A lot has changed in the 40 years since then. Walmart, Tyson, etc. money has done a lot for Northwest Arkansas and it's grown a lot and become very nice. Makes "best places to live" lists every year. He did a great job recruiting at Arkansas before. Just a few examples: 4* Denver Kirkland from Florida over Miami 4* Frank Ragnow from Minnesota (first round draft pick) 4* Dan Skipper from Colorado - flip from Tennessee Sebastian Tretola (all-SEC and Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner for SEC’s best interior lineman) It’s definitely an unorthodox hire. But wasn’t Dabo hired as a WR coach? Our players loved him when he was here and if he never left for Georgia I think Bielema eventually works out at Arkansas. Best recruiter and OL coach in college football IMO. Definitely need to give him a lot of money for assistants since he has a lot of SEC connections. We obviously struck out on some guys but seeing what Coach O is doing with LSU probably thought we could do something similar. All we need is someone to stabilize the program, not win the SEC or anything. Losing Pittman was when it all started to go downhill for Bielema. The OL has been one of the worst in college football ever since. Pittman couldn't stand working for Bielema. One time he had a visit set up with a highly rated OL and Bielema apparently "forgot" about the visit and was on a vacation in the Bahamas with Jen when the recruit was visiting and the recruit was put off that he couldn't meet the head coach during the visit and ended up signing somewhere else. Pittman was pissed and I think that was the last straw for him. Alabama actually tried to hire him before Georgia did but we gave him a raise and were able to keep him. It will be interesting to see what Pittman wants his offense to look like. From most accounts he wants to go with a power run RPO scheme, not as much pro style as it was under Bielema. I think Rich Rod would be a perfect fit but it sounds like we're targeting Colorado's OC who was the OC at Minnesota under Tracy Claeys.