The Arkansas Razorbacks are in the unfortunate position of having to replace their successful head coach at a very inconvenient time. It is rare that a school needs to find a new head coach when spring practices are going on, but that is what the school has to do.
It is extremely early to speculate who Arkansas' athletic director Jeff Long will look for to replace Petrino, but former Arkansas and current New England Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallet offered up his own replacement. Mallet put his support behind former Arkansas offensive coordinator and current UAB Blazers head coach Garrick McGee to be the next head coach for Arkansas.
McGee is currently going through spring practice at UAB and was asked to comment on the situation:
"It is an unfortunate situation for everybody involved," McGee said. "In these types of situations, crisis like this, true leadership takes charge. I'm convinced that they have really good leadership within the university, from top down, all the way to the locker room with Tyler Wilson, Knile Davis and Cobi Hamilton and those guys. I trust the leadership of the university to make the right and proper decisions to keep the program on top, where they are now."
Some will take that as someone who is being vague and by not denying he has interest in the opening, so these same questions will likely continued to be asked about his interest in the Arkansas job.