Thursday Trough

KATV has sold the Media Rights (ARSN) to the Arkansas Razorbacks to ISP Sports. The deal guarantees the UA Athletics Dept. $73 Million over the next ten years. KATV is the exclusive “Flagship Station” for the next ten years. ISP sports will also be taking over the Website and Gameday Program duties for the University.

The Razorbloggers have their Practice Impressions up. Freshman RB De’Anthony Curtis has a sprained knee and could be out two weeks. Kicker Alex Tejada is looking to come back from a dislocated kneecap he suffered at the beginning of summer workouts.

Whole Hog Sports has launched a podcast…the the WholeHogCast. The Expats point to an article matching SEC coaches to Bond Villains. They also mention so pro hogs…DMac is still blogging, Felix Jones continues to impress, Peyton Hillis looks to make the Broncos, Marcus Monk dropped a pass late for the Bears. Speaking of pros…Steven Hill is working out with the Portland Trail Blazers. Matt Jones plead not guilty Monday to his drug charges. And finally, the Little Rock Touchdown Club has announced their guest lineup.

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Walk-Off Trough

In case you haven’t heard, the Diamond Hogs recaptured 8th place in the SEC standings with a sweep of #13 South Carolina. The weekend Series at Baum started with a bang when Freshman Jacob House hit a 1-0 pitch into the visiting bleachers for a walk-off grand slam, giving the Hogs a 12-11 win Friday Night. Here’s Video. That powered the Hogs to the sweep with finals of 6-3 Saturday and 4-2. The Hogs Followed that up with a win over Mississippi Valley St. 12-3. The Hogs have a RPI of 16 and are still projected to make a NCAA Regional. AS360 says the season hinges on the final SEC series of the year, at Mississippi St. Here’s a look at team leader Logan Forsythe.

Here’s some sound from last week’s Post Spring Press Conference with Bobby Petrino. The Razorbloggers talk about the High Expectations that the spring has brought. Frank Broyles will be inducted into the AD Hall of Fame. The second annual Paul Eells Stars N Strikes Celebrity Softball Game and Golf Outing is coming up and KATV is publishing more of Paul’s Calls…Via Slophouse and Expats. and Freshman forward Michael Sanchez is headed to China with the Reach USA squad to play in exhibition games against Chinese Pros.

Hog Tyler Hill and Ladyback senior Dacia Barr have been named to the SEC Good Works Team. Alex and Andy McClary, Long Distance Track Hogs, are Profiled. The Ladybacks have another Basketball Signee. The Ladyback Softball team has been selected to the NCAA Tournament. The Ladyback Tennis team has made the Sweet Sixteen. The Ladyback Golfers have advanced out of their regional to the NCAA Championships. The Men’s Golf team looks to do the same.

Finally one of my favorite sites, the one who’s disappearance prompted me to start the Hawg Blawg, has reappeared. The Slop is now being hosted at ARSN online. I won’t stop posting although they probably do a better job of what I aim to do. I just wanted to take a second to thank all of you for coming here and keeping me company. I really appreciate it. GO HOGS!

The Lady’Back/Misc Trough

The Nationally Ranked (from #12 to #8 depending on the poll) Lady’Back linksters head to the Bryan National in Browns Summit, N. C., the final event of the 2008 season. The No. 11 Gym’Backs heads to Duluth, Ga., site of Saturday’s 2008 SEC Gymnastics Championships. The Lady’Back Tennis Squad jumped nine spots to #13 nationally and junior Ela Kaluder was honored as the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week. The Lady’Back Softball team won the annual Border War Tournament Wednesday. Lady’Back Pole Vaulter Sarah Landau was named SEC Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday while the Lady’Back Track & Field team was ranked No. 9 in the outdoor preseason rankings Wednesday.

Finally, the Expats mention some of their summer plans (I can’t wait). And the Morning News now has a blog and a podcast.

“Sports Week” No More

I had been catching KATV’s “Sports Week” on the ARSN site last year since I have to get up early for my “real” job. So, I didn’t notice that one of my favorite programs was missing, replaced by the Houston Nutt Show, this past Sunday night on Channel 7.

Jim Harris of Arkansas Sports 360 has written an article on how, during the past 9 years, Sports Week has become the bain of the university and infers that KATV GM Dale Nicholson strung David Bazzel along to keep him from bolting to do a similar show somewhere else. Nicholson is said to have told Bazzel that the show would move to Monday’s at 10:30pm due to a scheduling conflict detailed below. And as Harris says, you don’t start a football program mid season.

Bazzel’s Co-Commentator, Bruce James, had stated during the summer that he would have a limited role on the program if it were to continue due to personal reasons. Harris states that KATV was interested in having the Democrat-Gazette’s Wally Hall take his place, with James making guest appearances.

KATV said that they needed to find a new spot for Nutt’s show since the former time slot was going to be given to the new ABC NASCAR coverage. They fail to mention that Sports Week had been getting better ratings than the Nutt show at both of Nutt’s former Little Rock time slots, 4pm and 11:30pm on Sundays.

I’m purely speculating but I tend to think that Broyles basically threatened to take ARSN in house as most of the SEC schools already do, and away from KATV, during the play by play negotiations and Nicholson caved. Again, he strung Bazzel along to keep Sports Week from springing up somewhere else. It would have a hard time if it tried to pop up after a 2 year hiatus.

Arkansas Sports 360

The Trough

ARSN starting Hispanic Arm
They’ll carry the six Fayettevill home games this season
ARSNOnline.com

USA 4×100 relay team advances to Finals

Former Hog and Fayetteville native Wallace Spearmon ran the second leg for Team USA.
Hogwired.com

Whole Hog Sports Relaunches
It hasn’t as of this writing but it’s scheduled for 5pm CDT
WHS

Razorback FB Schedule Named Worst of BCS Teams
Whole Hog Sports

About 1, 500 tickets, 1, 000 of them bench seating, were available as of Thursday afternoon for Saturday’s season opener.
Whole Hog Sports