Arkansas has plenty of company in coaching search

FAYETTEVILLE (Arkansas News Bureau) -- Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long had an eight-month head start on the rest of his peers in the search for a new football coach.

How well Long made use of the past seven months could be valuable now.

The college coaching search season, which began with a few firings earlier this month, is now in full swing after five more major conference jobs opened Sunday.

North Carolina State fired coach Tom O'Brien after his sixth season with the program. Purdue (Danny Hope), Boston College (Frank Spaziani) and Colorado (Jon Embree) also parted ways with coaches. But the biggest move came at Auburn, which fired Gene Chizik two years removed from a national championship.

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