Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Sam Pittman has fired offensive coordinator Dan Enos following an overall lackluster performance by the offense, culminating with a 7-3 home loss at the hands of Mississippi State on Saturday. The University of Arkansas issued an official release at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
“Arkansas Head Coach Sam Pittman has relieved offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos of his duties and he is no longer a member of the Razorbacks’ program effective immediately. Wide receivers coach and former Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton will take over play calling duties for the Hogs for the remainder of the season.”
The University of Arkansas has terminated Enos’ contract for convenience, so it will owe him the amount of his annual salary and other compensation. After he was hired this past January, the two parties agreed on a three-year contract that would pay him $1.1 million in 2023 with a $75,000 increase each of the following two years.
The Razorback offense produced just 200 yards against a struggling Mississippi State program that was surrendering 29.5 points per game, ranking 92nd in the nation at the time. Arkansas is now dead last (14th) in the SEC with just 26.5 points per game on average and only 309.5 total yards per game.
In addition to the struggles, Enos had blocked multiple members of the media on X (formerly known as Twitter), and also replied to emails from fans in rather bizarre fashion.
BEFORE THIS STINT AT ARKANSAS
When Enos was the Arkansas offensive coordinator under former head coach Bret Bielema, he produced one of the best offensive seasons in program history his first year with Brandon Allen at quarterback. Over the past 11 years, the most points produced by an Arkansas offense was in 2015 under Enos, 35.9 points per game. And even in 2011, Enos’ offense was edged by just 11 total points on the year.
Allen set the program’s all-time pass efficiency record with a 166.5 rating as he completed 244 of 370 pass attempts for 3,440 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Arkansas finished second in the SEC in 2015 in both total yardage with 465.5 yards per game and in scoring offense with 35.9 yards per game that season.
And he isn’t all about the pass. Running back Alex Collins finished third in the SEC that season with 1,577 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging 121.3 yards per game. That total is the most in program history by any player not named Darren McFadden.
Drew Morgan exploded onto the scene that year with 63 catches for 843 yards and an SEC regular-season leading 10 touchdowns. And Hunter Henry won the Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end after finishing with 51 receptions for 739 yards with three touchdowns.
The Hogs were alright on offense in 2016, middle of the pack in both points (30.3) and yardage (428.4). 2017 was more of a struggle as starting quarterback Austin Allen was injured early in the season, and Bielema was fired at the end of it. Arkansas averaged 28.8 points in 2017 and 373.4 yards.
After Arkansas, Enos landed at Alabama as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. He left after one season to take on offensive coordinator duties at Miami in 2019. He landed at Cincinnati for a brief stint as assistant head coach and running backs coach in the 2020 Covid-19 season. He has been at Maryland the past two years.
The Terrapins have gone 7-6 and 8-5 the last two seasons. Maryland finished tied for fourth in the Big 10 this past season with 28.2 points per game and fourth in total offense with 401.2 yards per game. While the record wasn’t as strong in 2021, the offensive numbers were better. The Terps ranked fourth with 29.3 points per game and fourth with 441.1 yards per game.