Big Weekend Trough

I’ve got some catching up to do since I was on a business trip to NWA this week. Although that trip did allow me to catch the first of the two game set against N. Colorado at Baum Tuesday. I have some mediocre pictures from my point and shoot I’ll be posting at my flickr account that I’ll link to in a post this weekend. On to the news…

Don’t forget that EAS Razorfest and the Spring Red-White game are tomorrow. The NFL Draft is also this weekend. Here is a look at all the hogs most likely to be drafted…I’ll get back to McFadden in a moment.

Hog LB Freddie Fairchild pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of third degree battery and second degree false imprisonment stemming from an arrest earlier this month. Here’s the final practice wrapups from the Razorbloggers…4/17, 4/18, 4/19, 4/22, 4/24. Here’s a good article on Defensive Coordinator Willy Robinson and outtakes from the article touching on his major off-season knee surgery.

Since I last did a trough the Diamond Hogs have been on somewhat of a hot streak, winning 5 out of their last 6. First they bounced back over the loss to ORU with a 9-1 win over Alcorn St.. They then won their second consecutive SEC series against then #30 Tennessee…UA 5-UT 4, UA 5- UT 4, UT 7-UA 6. They then took both games of a two game set midweek against Northern Colorado…UA 9- UNCo 2, and UA 7-UNCo 1. I Just want to take a sec and say that the daily spring practice and the post game wrap ups that the Razorbloggers do are fantastic. Those posts are a somewhat thankless job and I just wanted to point out the great work they do. Thanks again.

While I was gone I also missed the Patrick Beverley “I’m Leaving” mania. Beverley apparently updated the status on his facebook.com page to “I’m Leaving”. During last weekend’s Real Deal on the Hill Beverley also told reporters that he had “No Comment” on the reports. Rumors started swirling that he was headed to USF, reuniting with former Head Hog Stan Heath. Finally, during an interview with a Tampa Bay paper, Beverley’s Mom stated he was staying at Arkansas (She apparently talked him out of it).

Speaking of Mothers…Darren McFadden’s Mom had some choice comments regarding her son playing in either New York, for the Jets, or Oakland. In the article in the LA Times an Arkansas Coach is quoted as saying D-Mac will be bringing the whole family to where ever he’s drafted. One thing he won’t be bringing to NYC is a Dress for the Draft. He’s also been in talks with the Patriots and talks about his most recent ESPN the Magazine photo shoot. The expats also mention his honest and open policy about his family and past.

And Finally…

Sophomores Michelle Stout and Casey Jo Magee became the first Lady Razorbacks gymnasts to earn All-America honors Thursday, leading 11th-ranked Arkansas to a fifth-place finish in Session 1 of the NCAA Championships

Monday Trough

The Diamond Hogs dodged raindrops at Vanderbilt but couldn’t escape with a win. Friday’s Game was Canceled, Saturday’s Game was finished Sunday morning Ark-5 Vandy-6 (in 12), and in the 2nd game of the double header Sunday Ark-2 Vandy-6. Here’s the Razorbloggers Round Up of the Vandy Series. Here’s a look at this falls’ incoming Hoop Hogs. And the Men’s Tennins team fell to South Carolina 4-3.

In Ladyback News…
The Gym’backs finished 6th at the SEC Championships, and Arkansas’ Co-Coaches Mark and Rene Cook tied with Auburn’s Jeff Thompson and Georgia’s Suzanne Yoculan for Co-Coach of the Year honors. The 13th ranked Ladyback Tennis Squad clinched a share of the Western Division Title with a win over South Carolina 5-2. Stacy Lewis won her 11th collegiate golf tournament Sunday as the Ladyback Golfers finished 4th overall at the Bryan National. Finally the Lady’Back Softball Squad got Swept this weekend by Georgia Fri. UA-1 UGA-3, Sat. UA-1 UGA-13, Sun. UA-1 UGA-3.

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.

The Bubble Trough

After an UGLY loss to Alabama (56-59) The Hoop Hogs found themselves firmly on the bubble. After the fantastic win over #18 Vandy (78-73), at home, the Hogs took a step off of that bubble. I’m not convinced that they’re safe (a loss at Ole Miss would hurt badly) but I think they’re chances are improving. ESPN seems to agree. Here’s an Interview with Former Hog Pat Bradley looking back at the season so far (pre-Vandy).

The Diamond Hogs are 5-1 after a Friday win over Louisiana Tech (9-8) and their first loss of the season at Texas A&M (15-7).

The Men and Women Track Hogs are both in first place going into Sunday at the SEC Track Championships.

Quick Hits: The Tennis Hogs lose SEC opener to Auburn. The #11 Gym’Backs fall at #1 Georgia. Ladyback hoopster Sarah Pfeifer profiled.

Mid-Week Trough

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.

UPDATE: McFadden has already taken a negative paternity test. This will be his second. Also, Wally Hall weighs in on the Memphis Story.

Friday Trough

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!