The coaching job of the Arkansas Razorbacks is still open but, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com, some NFL names are intrigued by the job:
Sources tell me that former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci is interested in the Arkansas head coaching job... Yet another source tells me that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would be willing to talk if contacted by Long.
Not exactly the most important news -- no word on whether Arkansas has mutual interest, or whether Mariucci or McDaniels would actually take the job, just the ever-present "interest."
Roussell also reports that Arkansas AD Jeff Long -- despite the late timing of the Bobby Petrino firing in the coaching search season -- is taking his time with the process and hasn't spoken with previously mentioned candidates Tommy Tuberville and Skip Holtz.
Mariucci and McDaniels are both experienced coaches -- both have been NFL head coaches -- but not necessarily on the college level. Between the two of them, they have one combined season as a college head coach -- Mariucci was in charge at Cal in 1996, when the Golden Bears went 6-6. Neither has worked on the college level since 2000, when McDaniels was a graduate assistant at Michigan State. So it's a bit difficult to say how they'd adapt to the different responsibilities of a college coach, such as recruiting.
In case you need a grain of salt to take this with, here's a tweet from Adam Schefter from right before USC hired Lane Kiffin several years back:
USC and former 49ers/Lions HC Steve Mariucci have had conversations. Look for those to now continue.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2010