Arkansas Baptist College president Fitz Hill was a full-time football assistant coach for nine seasons at Arkansas (1992--2000) before leaving to be the head coach at San Jose State in 2001. This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Inc. Material from the Associated Press is Copyright © 2016, Associated Press and may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Athlon Sports' Braden Gall had a chance to sit down with legendary Arkansas Razorbacks head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles. BG: What is the biggest difference scheme-wise, Xs and Os, in college football today from when you were playing and coaching?
FB: The rule change to allow the offensive linemen to use their hands on pass protection has changed college football the most dramatically in the 50-plus years I have been involved with the sport.
BG: Does the spread offense and the dual-threat quarterback level the playing field in college football?
BG: What is the decision-making process like when a team decides to change conferences, like Arkansas did in the 1990s? FB: We saw that the SWC, because the NFL in Dallas and Houston were taking the fans, was not going to be the SWC for much longer. BG: What do you think about the overall direction and trajectory of college football and these larger conferences? BG: Is there anything we can do to fix the violations and sanctions within college football or are we stuck with the off the field issues forever? FB: There are always going to be some people who will bend the rules, and it's unfortunate. FB: When I started my coaching career as an assistant coach at Baylor and we had to play Texas in Austin and that was the toughest place we ever had to play.
The former Hogs head coach touched on the current college football landscape, what the future holds for Arkansas and the SEC, the job Bobby Petrino has done and some of his favorite memories from coaching the planet’s greatest game.


I enjoy it thoroughly because our coaches discuss the teams they watch and report on the ones they are responsible for. Because in my first years of coaching, the offensive hands had to stay next to the chest, and if they separated from the chest it was a 15-yard penalty.
And we knew that Texas and Texas A&M had the political strength to move to some other conference and we would be left out as an independent.
AD's and school officials have to be sure when they hire somebody that the coaches know that if you get put on probation that you lose your job. His dad was a college coach, and so he has been involved in coaching since he was five years old.
Neither these AP materials nor any portion thereof may be stored in a computer except for personal and noncommercial use. So teams didn’t throw the drop-back pass because they got penalties and couldn’t get any consistency.
So the quarterbacks we see today who can throw the ball and run, with the speed we have at the wide receivers positions now, are forcing the defense to cover the width and depth of the field at the snap of the ball.
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It is one of the biggest changes in college football as coaches' wishes have been accepted by the Athletic Directors so that the conference games don’t start until after the first three or four games.
The four wide receiver sets force you to cover the width and depth at the snap of the ball.
We told the SEC that if they were to expand and ask us to join that we would accept immediately.
We need to keep the conferences level and the playing field level for the teams in our conferences, and we have been able to do that in the SEC.


All we want is a level playing field for all the schools to have an equal chance to be competitive where we have balance. Then the officials changed the rules so that the offensive hands could leave the body and go into the chest of the defensive man. We were borders to Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana so we fit into the geography of the conference and that we would come immediately.
You can’t hold him but you can hit him with your hands, which is a tremendous difference in pass protections. In my day, you didn’t have to cover the width because there wasn’t enough speed for them to put them out there as flankers. When you go play on the road, you are playing in front of a sellout and you get some of your own fans in there too. So when you look at the teams that they have played, most coaches have gotten their way and they play non-conference games and then 7 or 9 conference games at the end so at this point it has mostly been warm-up games. We have about 4,000-5,000 fans that travel to see the Razorbacks in road and non-conference games. So what you are voting on are teams that have been playing against teams that they should beat 19 of 20 times. We hold back about 5,000 seats for visiting fans in Fayetteville – and that is a long way from everything.
But that is just the rivalries we have and when you have that involved in the game, it's exciting. Plus the rules people wisely changed the pass protection rules where you could legitimately block for a drop-back pass.



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