Arkansas OC Apparently Frustrated Following Loss to Texas A&M Football
Texas A&M football has had more than their fair share of victories over the Arkansas Razorbacks over the past decade-plus, but this is definitely something we haven’t seen before.
On the same day that the Aggies beat down the Razorbacks, a tweet began circulating from someone who appeared to be a student at the University of Arkansas, showing screenshots of what appeared to be an email exchange with new Arkansas OC Dan Enos. “This program is so cooked” declared the user. The screenshots showed the person responding to his emails, whose screen name was indeed Daniel Enos, attempting to be dismissive towards the admittedly rudely phrased suggestions that the guy, who goes by Rob Mason on Twitter, was making as far as offensive play calling. “A QB sneak. This isn’t hard Dan” Rob emailed, to which the other user responded by saying “Against gaps defense [four laughing emojis, paragraph break] What a joke [four more laughing emojis]”.
There was a little more of this, but I mostly thought it was a potentially interesting but likely fake interaction. I got a chuckle out of it, but I kind of just moved on with my day. However, some crack reporting from Mason Choate of HawgBeat.com, home of “The Trough” message board, has revealed that these were indeed real messages sent from the email account of Dan Enos following a FOIA request to the school.
Perhaps the most notable thing here is, as Choate notes, after the student initially emailed, Enos responded “less than a minute later.” This was not the only interaction, either, as Enos responded to at least two other, similar inquiries. All three of these emails specifically had to do with the 4th and 1 play call that the Hogs ran right before half, where KJ Jefferson handed the ball off to Raheim Sanders, who was stopped behind the line of scrimmage. This sequence led to points right before the half for Texas A&M football. Each of the people who emailed strongly suggested that the call should have been a QB sneak, since, as one person so eloquently put it, “our quarter back is 240 pound.”
I’m really not sure that I’ve ever seen something like this before. I’ve seen frustrated coaches go after the media in press conferences, or once in a blue moon say something to a fan in the stands, but never have I seen a professional football coach justifying his offensive strategy via email to a college student. College football is the gift that keeps on giving!