Charles Thomas is Suspended for the Mississippi St. game. Pelphrey said…
“ I will say that as a head coach, I’ve never been more disappointed in a young man’s choices.”
Arkansas Business reports that Broyles brought $4.95 Billion to the Arkansas economy while at the UA (The headline is a typo). Memphis’ John Calapari is interested in renewing the UA/Memphis series at a neutral site. Bobby Petrino will speak to the LR Razorback Club. Fox sports picks 5 SEC “score settlers” on next years schedule (3 are Hog related). McFadden is named in a paternity suit. The Expats sing Nolan’s praises. The Gym’backs jump to #9 in the national rankings.
This Week From The Bench…
You can call me old school, but the basketball statistic that always matters to me is assists. Forget all other stats. Assists are indicative of how well a team works together. It is evidence how well teammates look for each other. It is also a sign how unselfish or team-oriented the players are. The stat shows that your team can control the ball and the other team cannot stop it.
Outside the obvious stat of points, assists are the only stat that matters. It shows you if you scored. It shows you that you did not turn the ball over. It shows that you executed the play or offense properly. The assist makes the offensive rebounding stat meaningless, which is half of rebounding. You show me a team with a good assist ratio and I will show you a team with a high shooting percentage.
The Hogs get a big road win, ending a 6 game losing streak at LSU in the process…Arkansas-68 LSU-52. Here’s a profile on Paul Petrino, Hog Offensive Coordinator and Bobby’s Brother. He’ll be busy this weekend with all of the recruits on campus. The Razorback Track team is appealing the punishment handed down in regards to the rules violations committed by former Razorbacks assistant coach Lance Brauman and his dealings with former Arkansas sprinter Tyson Gay in 2003 before he enrolled at the university. Pom Red squad member Laura Cole was voted the SPiN College Cheerleader of the Year by fans at CBS Sportsline.
Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson is leaving for South Carolina. Pat Bradley’s 3 point record in the SEC falls….and here’s a Bradley Q & A. The hogs got a rude wake up call when they returned from Georgia Sunday Morning, They were greeted with a 1:30 am practice (Via Expats). If they don’t improve they might be on the outside of the NCAA Tourney looking in. Robert Felton and Peyton Hillis look to shine in the Senior Bowl. AS360 has found a link to Petrino’s 2006 Louisville Playbook. Here’s a recap of the Ladyback hoops season since the loss of Ervin. The Gym’backs are #8 in the nation. UA junior Madison Palmer was named SEC Female Diver of the Week. FYI…Hog Baseball is less than a month away!
This Week From The Bench…
For several reasons, the basketball program is dead to many fans around the state, has been for half a decade, and has yet to show any signs of returning to its former glory. The UA administration has succeeded in alienating three groups of fans ? those who wanted Nolan Richardson fired, those who didn’t want him fired, and those who stuck around post-Nolan only to be turned off by the slow success of Stan Heath’s Big Ten brand of basketball.
Another Depressing Arkansas Hoops Performance….Georgia 82 Arkansas 69. The Razorbloggers are getting irritated. Will Muschamp was “This Close” to being head hog according to ESPN. Darian Townes was arrested Sunday. Looks like DMac will be a Nike man. Here’s the Full 2008 Football Schedule. Hog Scout Teamer declares for draft. The Arkansas Tennis Hogs won 14 of 15 singles matches and five of six in doubles action at the Shocker Invitational. The Ladybacks (16-3 (1-3 SEC)) hoop squad fell to Florida 92-74.
Sonny Weems scored a career high in the loss. Steven Hill was 6-6 in the first half but only ended up scoring 15. The Hogs go on the road to Athens to face Georgia on Saturday.
New Transfer QB Ryan Mallett moved into the dorms in Fayetteville this week. He became friends with TE Ben Cleveland during their recruiting process and stayed in touch over the past year. So, it made sense when he transferred that he’d move in with Cleveland. While putting a box in his new closet he knocked the fire sprinkler head off and flooded their dorm room. Reports have the water at 4 inches at it’s deepest point pouring out of windows and into other dorms. Cleveland wouldn’t speak about Mallett but his father said that all of Ryan’s shoes were destroyed and all of his clothes were wet. I would’ve loved to see this.
Update: I didn’t see The Hog Bloggers take on this yesterday (with ms paint goodness) or I would’ve linked to him as well….
The Hog Blogger
Michigan QB Ryan Mallett is transferring to Arkansas according to The Morning News. They spoke to UA Compliance Director Marvin Caston Monday.
“We’ve got the ‘permission to speak’ letter from the University of Michigan, and we should have the official transfer release from them this afternoon,” Caston said.
They’re also reporting that Mallett checked into a dorm room in Fayetteville Monday Morning.
Felix Jones and Darren McFadden announced at a press conference that they both will forgo their senior seasons and will make themselves eligible for the NFL Draft. The last time I saw them in person was the South Carolina game. That was a thing of beauty. Congrats to both and we’ll be pulling for you.
This Week From The Bench…
While it would be fun to write about the Razorback basketball team beating Baylor, Auburn, and Alabama in heart stoppers and how a good coach can make a difference, that column must wait. It is put on hold by the stunning news of UofA Chancellor John White announcing his retirement last week. I can’t let opining on such a topic go by the wayside.
Arkansas Loses a big lead late but steals victory from the jaws of defeat against Alabama 71-67 in OT. Felix and D-Mac are going pro (per an ESPN report). Tulsa is on the Razorback Football Schedule for ’08. EA sports visited Bud Walton during the Alabama game to accurately recreate the arena for a March Madness ’08 download. EA will be giving one arena download away for free to the winner of an online vote. The Ladyback Hoops squad fell to 0-2 in conference with a loss to Ole Miss 63-55. Ladyback swimmers pull upset at #18 Mizzou. The track hogs get 4 NCAA provisional-qualifying marks this weekend. Razorback golfer David Lingmerth wins Dixie Amateur.
The Arkansas Men’s Basketball team won their first SEC road opener since 2002 with a win over Auburn Thursday night 76-70. Sonny Weems and Patrick Beverley had 17 points apiece in the win.
On the Womens Side the Ladybacks’ 15 game winning streak ended at the hands of #11 LSU 76-54. The Ladybacks are 4-13 in SEC openers.
Darren McFadden was Handcuffed in the River Market. John White is stepping down as Chancellor. The Arkansas Times has a Q&A with White up. Here’s John Pelphrey’s press conference on Auburn and Petrino’s presser on his Coaching Staff. Petrino will be paid well (obviously). The #20 Ladybacks (15-0) open SEC play vs #11 LSU tonight. Michigan QB Ryan Mallett is leaving the Wolverines and is considering Arkansas. The No. 9 Track Hogs Host the Arkansas Invitational on Friday.