Need to trust process

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - Voices -

There has been lots of talk, af­ter the Arkansas Razorbacks fin­ished the 2018 foot­ball sea­son 2-10, that Coach Chad Morris isn’t the right man for the job. We need to trust the process.

It was a long sea­son that saw Ty Storey emerge as the starter with a great game against East­ern Illi­nois to open the sea­son. Then, against Colorado State, the quar­ter­back con­tro­versy was again a ques­tion, as Cole Kel­ley re­placed Storey af­ter a dis­mal first half. He led the Hogs to a 27-9 lead, only to see the 0-2 Rams score 25 unan­swered points to win 34-27.

The next week the Hogs were blown out by North Texas 44-17, and peo­ple were al­ready call­ing for Morris to be fired.

We need to trust the process. Any­time there’s a coach­ing change in the SEC, it takes time to re­build a pro­gram.

Bobby Petrino went 5-7 his first sea­son. His last year the Hogs were 11-2, won the Cotton Bowl, and fin­ished No. 5 in the fi­nal rank­ings. Not only do we have a new coach with a new sys­tem, we also have a new ath­letic di­rec­tor.

The foot­ball pro­gram was in tur­moil at the end of last sea­son. We lost se­nior quar­ter­back Austin Allen, and Coach Morris had to fig­ure out which quar­ter­back could best run his of­fense at least tem­po­rar­ily.

You also have to con­sider we play in the tough­est divi­sion of the tough­est con­fer­ence in col­lege foot­ball.

Win or lose, ev­ery­one loves the Hogs. At­ten­dance was down, but it will be back up. Even in the cold pour­ing rain, over 51,000 packed War Me­mo­rial in Lit­tle Rock to see the Hogs play Ole Miss.

Give Chad Morris time and trust the process. MICHAEL HARGIS Fayet­teville

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