Michael Smith Suspended

Coach Bobby Petrino has handed down a one game suspension to Arkansas Running Back Michael Smith for violating a NCAA rule regarding textbooks. He’ll serve the suspension during today’s game against Western Illinois. The university has self-reported the violation and it was termed a minor, secondary violation. This is the second time Smith has been suspended. That came last season after his arrest on forgery and theft by receiving for using a stolen credit card for two charges totaling less the $ 100. The charges were later dropped.

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I hope everyone enjoys their long weekend! Here’s some stories to send us into the weekend…

Patrick Beverly is close to signing a pro contract to play overseas and has signed an agent (he’s gone officially). Earnest Mitchell feels 90% back from his knee surgery. Someone tore down the goalposts at Razorback Stadium last week (they’ve been repaired). Nathan Dick is officially your backup for this weekend. The Expats have a Q&A with AS360’s Jim Harris up. Need to know more about Western Illinois? Look Here or Here. The Coach’s Show will be named…”Inside Razorback Football with Bobby Petrino“. Speaking of TV the UA-ULM game in Little Rock will be available via Pay-Per-View for $34.99 in Arkansas and Louisana (it might be on ESPN Gameplan outside those states). When you see a successful forward pass know you’re not dreaming.

Lots of predictions are up…Expats, Razorbloggers, Hog Blog, Slophouse, and College Football News.

And Finally for those headed to the game…there is a spoiler below the fold…
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Prediction Time

So, I guess It would be a disservice If I didn’t give my loyal readers a prediction for the up coming season. So, without further ado…

Game 1
Arkansas-40 Western Illinois-28
Arkansas comes out of the gate with something to prove.

Game 2
Arkansas-42 Louisiana-Monroe-21
The hogs won’t lose in the Rock.

I’ll stop while the record is a winning one…The rest is after the Jump
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Wednesday Trough

AD Jeff Long announces the new executive structure of the Athletic Dept. He also talks to Razorback central about several issues…Logo preferencesUse of the word “hog” to identify teams…and Chancellor David Gearhart’s relationship with Long. Frank Broyles is adjusting to his new role. A couple of sites have previews of the Western Illinois game up…RazorbloggersHog Blog. The expats are getting all nostalgic about Nutt. A couple of Paul Petrino quick hits. Marcus Monk has been picked up by the Giants.