Crowe first came to Arkansas in 1989 as Ken Hatfield’s offensive coordinator, but a month after his first season, Hatfield took the Clemson job. Crowe intended to follow Hatfield, but Arkansas was desperate after losing its head coach, and convinced Crowe, who had only ever been the head coach of Livingston College in 1977-78, to take over the program in 1990.
It was clear to everyone, probably Crowe included, that he was unqualified for the job and in over his head. The Razorbacks went 10-2 in 1988 and 1989, losing in the Cotton Bowl following both seasons, but Crowe immediately sank the ship.
With Barry Foster off the NFL, the team went 3-8 in 1990, then rebounded for a 6-6 campaign in 1991. Crowe coached one game in 1992 before being replaced and finished 9-15 as the head coach of the Razorbacks.