Two-a-Days are over. Point Guard Courtney Fortson was cleared to play by the NCAA. Former Hog & New Orleans Hornets guard Jannero Pargo has signed a 1 year $4 Million deal to play with Moscow Dynamo. Former Hog Shawn Andrews has finally showed up at Philadelphia Eagles Camp. Former Track Hog Wallace Spearmon was disqualified after finishing 3rd for running out of his lane. Tyson Gay failed to make the 100m Final in Beijing. In other Olympic news Veronica Campbell-Brown & Alistair Cragg qualified for the finals in their respective events. Is Mustain a bust for the Trojans? The Expats sum up Patrick Beverly’s situation nicely. They’ve also been chosen to participate in the SEC Power Poll (congrats) and have their preseason Coaches Poll up. Arkansas is still 6th as the Fulmer Cup gets close to naming it’s champion. The boys at the Morning News’ Hog Blog have unleashed a redesign. ESPN’s Chris Low is in Fayetteville to cover the Hogs during his tour of the conference.
The SEC Tournament Kicks off Tomorrow The Hogs have a first Round bye and will face the winner of the Vandy/Auburn on Friday at 2:15 cdt (approx). They need to win to get off the bubble…the bubble that ESPN’s Braketologist says is populated by bad teams. But before we look ahead lets look back at the past week or so…The Hoops squad beat Auburn on Senior Day 77-64. The Diamond Hogs Swept Siena 14-5, 17-2, and 10-4. They then traveled to #1 Arizona State and gave them all they can handle in a 6-5 Loss. On The News Front Sonny Weems was named to the SEC Coaches All-SEC first team and the USBWA all-district team (district VII). Weems and teammate Steven Hill were named to the SEC all-defensive team. Corliss “Big Nasty” Williamson was named as Arkansas’ “SEC Legend” for this weekends SEC tournament. AD Jeff Long Spoke to the Little Rock Tip-Off Club about scheduling in-state schools (no likely), Bobby Petrino’s hiring, His First SEC title (Track), and scheduling games in Little Rock. The Hogs announced that they had signed the Texas A&M contract to play at the new Cowboys stadium for a decade starting 2009. As most of you know Nolan Richardson is out of the running for ASU Head Coach.
Finally I’d like to highlight a series that has just wrapped up on the Razorback Expats on the Hogs’ trip to the 1978 Final Four. The team was coached by Eddie Sutton (who’s 72nd birthday is today) and was Arkansas’ first trip to the final four in the modern era. Here is Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
The Vols give The Hogs a big, crushing, bear hug…Arkansas-71 Tennessee-93. The Spring Game is set-now with and Actual Game! The Hogs Backed up the Brinks Truck to bring in Tulsa. SEC Coaches pick the Diamond Hogs 3rd in the west. It was 24 years and 2 days ago today. And Finally the Expats asked their readers to help them find Eugene “The Dunking Machine” Nash. They did and there corresponding interview is here…(Part 1) and (Part 2). Great Stuff!
Houston kills plan for Hog Assistants Recruiting for Ole Miss. Tracking those Razorback Planes. What Would Orville Write? Step inside a Wally Hall Time Machine (Destination 1997). Rob Keys doesn’t like Houston Nutt’s Presence. Final BCS Rankings (Arkansas is 27th). Arkansas is 24th in the coaches poll, 25th in the AP. College Football News ranks the best bowls (Cotton Bowl is Ranked 7th). The SEC’s successful season. Sonny Weems will be back for Missouri State. Ladybacks basketball match best start in school history.
I’m on vacation so I’ve sorta neglected the ole’ blog. So, this will be a big one…
Charles Thomas, Sonny Weems, Patrick Beverley, and Steven Hill were named to the Coaches All-SEC teams on Wednesday. The possible QB controversy I mentioned this weekend…it’s not happening. AS360 profiles Chuck Barrett. A recruiting breakdown for Nutt from ’03 to ’07. Over the Summer Patrick Beverley has changed his look and his game. Weston Dacus didn’t practice Wednesday, he needed the rest. Most have heard by now that Ben Cleveland wasn’t allowed on the sideline for Saturday’s Game…Here’s the story. Jillian Rosen, of the #10 Ladyback Cross Country team, was named SEC Freshman of the Year.
After the loss to Alabama, Arkansas has fallen out of both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls. They would be 26th since they are the highest team in the “Others Receiving Votes” category. Alabama jumped into the poll at 16th in the AP and 20th in the coaches poll. Arkansas’ Next opponent, Kentucky, jumped into the poll, after knocking off then #9 Louisville, at #21 in the AP and #23 in the Coaches Poll. The Rest of the SEC Schools in the poll Follows…
LSU AP-2 Coaches-2
Florida AP-3 Coaches-3
South Carolina AP-12 Coaches-14
The USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll was released this week and it finds Arkansas Ranked 20th in the nation. The top five are 1.Southern Cal, 2.LSU, 3.Florida, 4.Texas, 5.Michigan. Other SEC schools ranked in the top 25 are 13.Georgia, 14.Auburn, and 15.Tennessee. Alabama is in the “Others Receiving Votes” Category.
Houston Nutt is a coach who participates in this poll.