Well, at least Arkansas didn't join South Carolina as the only teams not to beat Kentucky at home. I imagine this feat will make Pelphrey lovers everywhere jump up and down with joyful exultation.
But for us living in reality of the John Pelphrey tenure, nothing has changed concerning our perception of John Pelphrey's coaching ability.
Such a meager victory cannot do away with the glaring inefficiencies of John Pelphrey, or the disasters this program has reaped under his guidance.
I for one was hoping Kentucky would wipe the floor with Arkansas the other night, but it just simply didn't happen. Ok, fine. But I'm still convinced I'm right about John Pelphrey.
Fact is, I'm more determined now after the Kentucky game than I've ever been before to see a new coach on our sideline. For one, I didn't like John Pelphrey's demeanor on the sideline. I will not tolerate it. As a fan of Arkansas, I was embarrassed a coach of ours would put on such a demonstration. All the fist pumping and face crunching glares were a little over the top. See, it's one thing to be fired up and happy with the way things are going, but to go to those length's is simply ridiculous.
I want a coach that is more in control of his actions, one that will act like he's been there before, and make good account of himself, the state, and the program. John Pelphrey's actions the other night were far from it. His actions were ones that represent him to a tee, and explain why he doesn't demand respect from his players, or this fan of the program.
The victory over Kentucky was a win John Pelphrey sorely needed, but it wasn't that big. His team is a considerable bit better than they've performed this year. There in lies the problems with John Pelphrey as our coach. This team is better than they were last year, but they haven't proven it on the floor. It's been nothing but more of the same from the previous two years---inconsistency, player problems, and efforts by the media to sell it as hope.
They say, "give him next year and the Arkansas kids and that will be the recipe for success." Better players aren't the answer. This year proves this if it proves anything. They are a better team than they were last year, but where are the results? Last years team won seven games, this years team has only won six in a weaker conference. They might have won more total games overall, but they played the sixth easiest non-conference schedule in the country. They're a better team, but results thus far speak contrary to that. That's on the coach, people!
It's foolish to believe next year will yield better results. What we need is new leadership that can get the most out of his players, and really has a plan and vision for where he's trying to go. Not someone that is out of control and jumping up and down, slapping high-fives with everyone because he beat a Kentucky team at home that hasn't won but one game on the road in the SEC all year.
It's my belief John Pelphrey's actions the other night represent those of a coach who's teams usually follow up good wins with terrible defeats, thus leading to the coach's final demise in the end... Remember Houston Nutt and all the rah-rahing?
John Pelphrey will leave this university a failure. It's altogether fitting. It's just a question of when. I still feel certain it will be this year, regardless of the outcome of the season.
"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequeces of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of it's powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state."