ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach stirred up Arkansas fans on Twitter a few minutes ago with this doozy:
Keep your eye on Arkansas' Dan Enos as potential #UGA OC— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 6, 2015
Where this idea came from, nobody knows. As several people have pointed out, Enos has a no-compete clause in his contract that covers the entire SEC unless the job is a head coaching position. Here's the pertinent content:
The "term" in the contract expires June 30, 2018.
Arkansas has had similar language in several of its coaches' contracts ever since Houston Nutt left to Ole Miss, and none of Arkansas' coaches have made a move from Arkansas directly to another SEC school.
I'd imagine there would have to be some sort of massive penalty be paid in order to get around that, but it hasn't been tested.
However, it's looking more and more like it's just a name Schalbach threw out there, as his responses to learning about Enos' contract appear to accept the idea he won't be leaving.
I should have checked his contract. Honest mistake. Mi malo https://t.co/jgycTB0n1i— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 6, 2015
I'm a big boy.... https://t.co/0xDgDDm5sP— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 6, 2015
Nah, it was a mistake. Very few have no-competes https://t.co/ng2vLra1G5— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) December 6, 2015
I'd say it looks like there's nothing here.
Turns out, Georgia did reach out to Arkansas in an effort to contact Enos.
Bielema: Kirby (Smart) called me earlier this morning to ask permission to talk to Dan. Enos has a no-compete clause w/SEC teams.— Thomas Murphy (@TomMurphyADG) December 7, 2015
I don't know why Schlabach made it look like he didn't know what he was talking about. Someone clearly leaked Enos' name from the Georgia side.
Either way, I don't expect Georgia to pay what it would likely cost - either through a buyout and/or legal fees - to get around that no-compete clause.