The Arkansas Razorbacks are expected to finalize their 2012 head coach search early next week, the Sporting News' Steve Greenberg reports. That would mean an announcement a couple days or so after the Saturday spring game, which marks the conclusion of spring practices.
Assistant head coach Taver Johnson was named the interim for the remainder of spring upon Bobby Petrino's suspension, and he's been seeing the program through even after his boss was fired. He, running backs coach Tim Horton and offensive coordinator Paul Petrino have been the most frequently named potential interim coaches, if Jeff Long chooses to keep the staff intact for the season itself.
Hiring a whole new coach is highly unlikely, as the new guy would have virtually no time to install a new system before the season begins. Players have called for the staff to remain as intact as possible, with some lobbying for a particular position coach or another.
Then there are, like, Jon Gruden and Phil Fulmer rumors. As always. But it seems that will all have to wait until December.