This week from the bench…
If you were/are one of the people who hated Houston Nutt, this is vindication Saturday.
The Razorbacks face Ole Miss this weekend, and it will be the hardest ticket to get in Fayetteville since Texas came to town in 2004 to hand the Hogs a two-point loss, which is appropriate since Ole Miss will now assume the mantle as Arkansas’ chief rival and the game that the fans circle on the calendar. “Ole Miss Week” can’t be far behind if the coming circus even comes close to living up to its billing.
I forgot to mention in my earlier post that former Hog DB David Barrett (’95-’99), who now plays for the New York Jets intercepted San Diego QB Phillip Rivers and returned it for a touchdown last night. Thanks to Sportstalk with Bo Mattingly for the tip. Video is at the link below…
I’ve been MIA for about a week so here’s a recap of the week that was…
The Razorbloggers have their wrapup of the ugly loss to Alabama and the Good, Bad, and Ugly. Hog wide receiver Marques Wade will have surgery on his knee and will be out for the rest of the season. WR Lucas Miller suffered a concussion during the Alabama game as well. Michael Smith impressed with a 91 yard on 19 carries day.
The Expats suggest looking ahead to what’s infront of us….and reminds us of the best and worst games against the Horns.
Raycom has picked up the UA-Florida game for another 11:30 am start. Felix Jones scored another TD this past Sunday Night. David Lee brought the Wildhog to Miami and helped the Fins crush the Pats Sunday. The 2009 baseball schedule is out. The NCAA has denied the appeal of the sanctions against the Track and Field program. Finally AD Jeff Long now appreciates what the LR games bring to the University.
This Week From The Bench…
So it starts. On the always entertaining “Fifth Quarter” call-in show on 103.7 on Saturday after the Razorback embarrassment to Alabama, the hosts brought up the topic of play calling. If you have nothing else to talk about after getting beat 49-14, then why not question the coach’s play calling? It is something Arkansas sports fans are very good at. But play calling was not the only problem on the field, by far.
The Horns looked at moving the postponed game to Friday or Dallas before settling on the Sept. 27th date. The Hogs are adjusting to their new schedule. The expats look ahead to Alabama with this awesome hit by Sam Olajubutu from a couple of years ago. Sam is now in the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. ESPN’s Chris Lowe looks at Casey Dick.
Finally Oklahoma and Missouri highlight the just released Men’s Basketball Schedule.
The Razorbloggers have their Texas Preview up. Hurricane Ike might make an appearance at Saturday’s Game. Here’s Audio from Bobby Petrino’s Monday Press Conference. Luigs thinks we can hang with the Horns. Here’s a look at Hog QB Casey Dick and Texas QB Colt McCoy. What are your favorite wins over UT? The Expats have the Hogs last in their SEC Power Poll Ballot.
Speaking of the Expats they have a Q&A up with former Hog RB James Rouse..Part 1 & Part 2. The Diamond Hogs are starting Fall Practice. Razorback Catherine White, of the Cross Country Team, was named SEC Athlete of the Week.
Finally, Felix Jones had a nice debut Sunday…D-Mac had a neck stinger end his debut prematurely Monday night. Peyton Hillis and Marcus Harrison also were in on big plays for their respective teams.
Welcome To Texas Week!
The Hogs-Tide game has been picked up by Raycom. Joe Adams is the SEC freshman of the week. Casey Dick is the SEC Big Man on Campus. Razorback Central’s Report Card for the ULM game is out. The Razorbloggers have the good, bad and ugly from Saturday.
In non football news…
The coach who inspired Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” philosophy, Don Haskins, has died. UA freshman Ethan Tracy made his Razorback debut memorable leading the men’s golf team to victory while earning medalist honors at the Maryland Intercollegiate in Cambridge, Md., Sunday. The Women’s Soccer team improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating Samford 1-0 in double overtime Sunday.
The Morning News previews the ULM game. AS360 makes a prediction. The Expats do Research. Want to pay $35 to watch the game? Here’s ordering info. The Morning News sits down with Freshman FS Elton Ford. Arkansas has self-reported 2 minor violations in the football program, beyond the Michael Smith’s Textbook violation, to the NCAA since March. Former Member of the Springdale Five, Andrew Norman is transferring back to Arkansas from Tulsa and will join the team as a walk-on. He’ll sit a year and have two years of eligibility remaining. I usually don’t do a lot of recruiting news, but, the hogs have commitments from 2 of ESPN’s top 10 Cornerbacks for this recruiting class.
Former Hog Jason Peters has ended his holdout and has reported to the Buffalo Bills. Darren McFadden says “It’s strictly Raiders and Razorbacks for me!“. One of the Expats will be in attendance for Monday Nights Raiders (D-Mac) Vs. Broncos (Hillis) matchup. He promises a full report.
Away from Football…
The Women’s Basketball Schedule has been Released. A pair of Tennis Hogs grab preseason rankings. Arkansas Volleyball loses a tight one at Georgia Tech. Arkansas Women’s Soccer improves to 3-1 on the season after shutting out Jacksonville St. 4-0. Finally, for the second time in as many seasons, Arkansas Razorback sophomore Catherine White won the 4K race at the Arkansas Dual.
Ronnie Brewer makes a gift to the Fulbright College. DMac is looking forward to his season opener against the Denver Broncos. Speaking of Denver, Peyton Hillis has been named their starting Fullback!
ULM is looming on the schedule (the game is ESPN’s pillow fight of the week!) so we’ve got predictions (Razorbloggers & Slophouse) and previews (Hog Blog & Razorbloggers). Here’s a look at Freshman WR Greg Childs. Willy Robinson says the defense is growing up and getting healed. The rain in Fayetteville (hello Gustav) hampers only the Special Teams Prep. FYI…ESPN’s Forde still doesn’t like Petrino. The Expats rank the SEC…the Razorbloggers rank everybody.
Arkansas Pitcher Stephen Richards was arrested for public intoxication. Here’s notes and audio from Bobby Petrino’s Sunday Teleconference and Monday’s Press Conference.
One of the Expats almost “died” when he first heard the score mid-way thru the WIU game. Here’s a report card on the game. The Razorbloggers have the Good, Bad, and Ugly. Whole Hog Sports looks back at the Off. and Def. line play. Another FYI to the local media: Houston Nutt is no longer coach…Let it go. The hogs are ranked 54th in CFN’s Rankings.
Looking forward…Petrino hopes the old cliche about the most improvement comes between weeks 1 and 2 is true. Also, the last time Louisiana-Monroe opened the season with trips to Auburn and Arkansas (2004) the Warhawks lost in a shutout to Auburn and was blown out the next week by the Hogs. Auburn shut them out again this week…Will history repeat itself?
The Women’s Soccer team defeated Oral Roberts to improve to 2-1 on the season. Finally, Former Hog Brett Goode has made the Packers as a long snapper.
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…
AD Jeff Long announces the new executive structure of the Athletic Dept. He also talks to Razorback central about several issues…Logo preferences…Use 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…Razorbloggers…Hog 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.
ESPN has bought the TV rights to almost the entire SEC for $2.25 BILLION. This doubles the income for each school from last years deals with their TV partners. The deal kills the idea of an SEC channel and also kills the SEC’s relationship with Raycom/Lincoln Financial/Jefferson Pilot Sports. You can also look forward to subscribing to ESPNU since a lot of SEC programming will end up there. Bobby Petrino has a photographic memory. Marcus Monk was waived from the Bears. Freshman WR Jarius Wright is shining. ESPN looks at TE D.J. Williams. War Memorial Stadium plans for it’s 60th Anniversary. Razorback Women’s Soccer opens it’s season with a 1-0 win over Missouri St.
The Hogs are extending their contract with War Memorial Stadium another 2 years till 2016. The University responded to a FOIA request with an admission of 6 self-reported secondary NCAA rules violations in the basketball program involving Text messaging, improper contact with recruits, and an improper official visit. The football team is in game week mode. Freshman QB Tyler Wilson is competing for the backup QB spot. ESPN’s Chris Low visited Fayetteville and logs a couple of reports. Hog WR Marques Wade was fined and ordered to complete 16 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and careless driving. Former Hog Freddie Fairchild has been sentenced to 120 days in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to beating his girlfriend and detaining her against her will. Hog Golfer Andrew Landry was defeated in the round of 16 at the US Amateur Championship. Former Hog Veronica Campbell-Brown brought home her second gold medal in the 200 meters for Jamaica. The Razorbloggers have their Preseason Poll posted. The Hog fanbase is ranked the 5th most obnoxious in the SEC by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Finally the Expats have a Q&A up with Hog beat reporter Tom Murphy.
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.