SEC Tourney Trough

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 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.

Monday Trough

Arkansas Loses a big lead late but steals victory from the jaws of defeat against Alabama 71-67 in OT. Felix and D-Mac are going pro (per an ESPN report). Tulsa is on the Razorback Football Schedule for ’08. EA sports visited Bud Walton during the Alabama game to accurately recreate the arena for a March Madness ’08 download. EA will be giving one arena download away for free to the winner of an online vote. The Ladyback Hoops squad fell to 0-2 in conference with a loss to Ole Miss 63-55. Ladyback swimmers pull upset at #18 Mizzou. The track hogs get 4 NCAA provisional-qualifying marks this weekend. Razorback golfer David Lingmerth wins Dixie Amateur.

The Mid Week Trough

Darren McFadden was Handcuffed in the River Market. John White is stepping down as Chancellor. The Arkansas Times has a Q&A with White up. Here’s John Pelphrey’s press conference on Auburn and Petrino’s presser on his Coaching Staff. Petrino will be paid well (obviously). The #20 Ladybacks (15-0) open SEC play vs #11 LSU tonight. Michigan QB Ryan Mallett is leaving the Wolverines and is considering Arkansas. The No. 9 Track Hogs Host the Arkansas Invitational on Friday.

The Perfect Trough

FYI-I’ve Moved and Updates have been and will continue to be spotty for a little while. Thanks for your understanding.

The #25 Lady Razorback Hoopsters stayed perfect (15-0) Saturday with a win over Texas Tech 80-57. Bobby Petrino has finished his coaching staff. The Petrino Era will open with Western Illinois-AS360 has an early schedule. Reggie Herring is headed to Texas A&M and Louis Campbell is headed to Mississippi State. John McDonnell Field has been named the outdoor track facility of the year by the American Sports Builders Association. The Expats relive the glory days of Hog Hoops in Big D looking ahead to tonight’s matchup against Baylor. I won’t be around to update again after the Baylor game so here is a link where a recap will be posted after the game….ESPN.com Baylor Recap. UPDATE:Big win for the Hogs over Baylor 85-78.

Have a great weekend!

FTB:Rumors abound

Robert Sheilds weekly column has this tidbit…

Now, if I was an AD and was being shown the door but was still going to be hanging around, I would want to keep in place as many people as possible that were friendly to me. Also, all these multi-year contracts for assistants make it all the more difficult to show Nutt the door this year because it is my understanding all these contracts are guaranteed. It will cost the University a tidy sum of money to pay off all these assistants and the head coach. I do not believe in the past position coaches received multi year guaranteed contracts.

Hawgsports.com

Friday Trough

Here’s the Whole Hog Sports story on the Track and Field Team losing 2 National Titles and the NCAA’s statement. The Messages aren’t flying for the Hogs (story I mentioned in the FYI post). The red-white basketball game is tonight. Patrick Beverley has been Named to the Naismith Trophy Pre-Season Watch List. Clay Henry has a Basketball season preview. the AP has a FIU preview up. The Expats have a basketball hodge-podge up and a book review as well. AS360 mentions that the South Carolina game will be televised. Matt Jones is having a weird year in Jacksonville.

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

Former Hog Tyson Gay Wins 2nd Gold at World Championships

From Hogwired.com:

Tyson Gay completed a successful sprint double (100 meters and 200 meters) at the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan. Former Hog and Fayetteville native Wallace Spearmon also earned a medal in the 200-meter finals.

Gay took the 200-meter title in 19.76, a new World Championships meet record. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt was second with a 19.91. Spearmon clocked a 20.05 for the third-place finish. Maurice Green (1999) and Justin Gatlin (2005) are the only previous male athletes to have won sprint doubles at the championships.

Hogwired.com

The Trough

McFadden and Jones Named to the Doak Walker Watch List
Hogwired.com

07-08 Basketball Schedule Announced
Missouri and Oklahoma highlites on Schedule
Hogwired.com

Sonny Weems Breaks Hand During Practice
He won’t be playing in Cancun Tournament
The Morning News


Emert Moves back into Backup Spot
Whole Hog Sports


Former Hog Bobby Crockett Named Honorary Captain For Troy Game
Hogwired.com

Former Razorbacks Tyson Gay and Wallace Spearmon Advance in 200 meters at World Championships
Hogwired.com

The Trough

Former Hog Gay and Current Hog Samuels Advances at IAAF World Championships
Hogwired.com

Damon Jones is Arkansas’ new director of basketball operations
He was the NBA’s community and player programs manager.
Sporting News.com

Arkansas releases 2008 Baseball Schedule
Whole Hog Sports

Broyles Vision Key in Leadership of UA Program
Whole Hog Sports

Lady’Back soccer team picked fourth in SEC West by coaches
Whole Hog Sports

Football Injury Roundup
Whole Hog Sports