49-14 Trough

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.

Wednesday Trough

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.

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.

Monday Trough

SEC Media Days were last week…The Hogs were picked dead lastJonathan Luigs was voted ALL-SEC first team…WR Marques Wade was arrested for DUI…1994 Championship Hoops Team member Elmer Martin has been sentenced to 15 years on drug charges…Matt Jones talks to the media about his Arrest…Arkansasrazorbacks.com Launched…The Football Media Guide is out…Razorbloggers got a new design too…The Expats are singing the Memphis BluesHog Helmets are nice to look at…The Razorbloggers have their predictions up…a funny anecdote about Felix Jones’ game winning 2 point conversion against LSU.

White Powdery Substance Trough

As most of you probably know, former Arkansas QB and current Jacksonville Jaguar Wide Receiver Matt Jones was arrested on a count of Felony possession of a controlled substance (Cocaine) this Morning. Not as widely mentioned is that he was arrested with former Hog tight end Jared Hicks. The Razorbloggers/Slophouse/TMN’s Hog Blog have it covered. LB Wendel Davis was arrested on June 28th. He was arrested after an altercation at a stop light with a person he has a history with.

I’ve reported previously that the University is merging the Men’s and Women’s Athletic Departments. The first sign of that is the merging of the UA’s athletic websites, Hogwired and Ladybacks.com, into ArkansasRazorbacks.com. It opens on July 21st. KATV is looking at the 16 most memorable moments since the Hogs joined the SEC…Here are the Expats’ choices.

Levan Patsatsia is going to transfer from the Hog Hoop squad. Patrick Beverley impressed King LeBron James and New Orleans’s Chris Paul in a pickup game.Former Hog Darian Townes has made the Sacramento Kings Summer League Team. Some Diamond Hogs are heating up Summer Leagues. Tyson Gay has a mild muscle strain in his leg. He pulled up lame in a quarterfinal heat for the 200 meters at the US Olympic Trials. He was the defending world champ in the event. Felix Jones and Darren McFadden have been ranked as two of the best NFL running backs.

College Football News says the SEC Title Game hurts the SEC. Here’s CFN’s 46 reasons to love SEC Football. Here’s a take from a SEC Gal In California. Here’s three sets of SEC football predictions. The Razorbloggers are looking at the new NCAA football rules.

UPDATE: I forgot to link to a couple of Expat stories…Their Hodge Podge mentions Marcus Monk-Competitive Eater, Houston Nutt’s wrong number, and SEC home court advantage…a must read! Also in non-Hog news…Fort Smith & Texarkana add to the “Embarrassing Arkansas Moments” File courtesy of Borat.

The Trough

I’ve been killer busy at work and since there hasn’t been much happening, this blog tends to fall to the wayside. But here are a few stories I’ve looked at the past week or so…

Razorbloggers:Razorbits (the boys throwing to Felix). Felix gets his rookie card. Matt Jones on the hot seat and Brett Goode is out in JAX. John Pelphrey talked to reporters recently. He also is planning a tourney at BWA and likes Snoop Dogg. D-mac picked his jersey #. Here’s a Petrino Q & A. If your in a barroom brawl pick a Hog for a wingman. Finally, the Sporting News is pulling for Casey Dick.

Football Trough

Ryan Mallett’s appeal to the NCAA to play this season was denied. AOL thinks that it was the right decision for the NCAA. Former Razorback Head Coach Lou Holtz has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Casey Dick is gaining attention…the expats are kinda intrigued. Razorblogger HogBlogger recaps what he saw this spring. College Football News looks at the SEC’s Spring Games. Here’s a list of former hogs that have signed with NFL clubs as undrafted free agents…Weston Dacus-Kansas City Chiefs, Robert Felton-Buffalo Bills, Michael Grant-Jacksonville Jaguars , Matterral Richardson-Washington Redskins, Fred Bledsoe-Green Bay Packers. Marcus Monk and Felix Jones are gaining attention in their rookie camps. Speaking of Jones, He and Darren McFadden have chosen their jersey #’s. Also, D-Mac is getting paid and one of the expats welcome him to the neighborhood. Houston Nutt recommended Monk to the Bears. Speaking of Nutt…the expats check in on him. And Finally The Hog Blogger was drawn back into blogging by the expats…welcome back we missed you!

FTB:Forward Pass Reintroduced to Hog Fans at Spring Game

This Week From the Bench…

A surprisingly good crowd appeared in Fayetteville for the Red-White game and the unveiling of the forward pass for the Hog faithful. It was also good to see the introduction of the tight-end eligible play. Maybe after an extended period of time with no passing game the Hogs can finally put somebody in the NFL who can play receiver, which hasn’t happened since Derek Russell, a product of Little Rock Central High.

Mr. Shields also touches on the NFL Draft.

Hawgsports.com

Early Sunday Trough

As most of you know by now, Darren McFadden was selected 4th overall by the Oakland Raiders in the first round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. Arkansas’ “Other” RB Felix Jones was selected 22nd overall in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. I wish them both the best of luck (except against my Bears).

The Diamond Hogs won their third consecutive SEC series this weekend, taking 2 of 3 from Ole Miss. The team lost the opener on Friday Night…UA 4-UM 12. Due to a forecast of bad weather for Sunday they played 2 on Saturday with the Hogs taking both. The first game went into extra innings with a final in 10 of UA 13-UM 11. The Hogs won the rubber match by a score of UA 12-UM 4. The win places the Hogs 2nd in the division and tied for 8th overall in the SEC. Only the top 8 records in the conference get into the SEC Tournament. The team has also won 7 of their last 9 games overall.

Over 40,000 came out for the Spring Game according to Arkansas’ Sports Information Office, setting a record. The crowd saw Casey Dick pass for 404 yards and two touchdowns, while RB Michael Smith ran for 157 yards and a TD on 13 carries. Red won 45-14.

Mid-Morning Update: The Razorbloggers have their wrapups from the spring game and Diamond Hog Doubleheader posted. John Pelphrey announced that Daniel Payne, one of his 2008 recruits, will not be attending the University….

Payne, a 6-foot-7 small forward who played at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, “is no longer eligible to participate at the Univerisoty of Arkansas and will be given his immediate release,” the e-mail said.

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

The Football Trough

I’ve missed a lot the last few days and I’ll try to catch up in multiple little posts…

Bobby Petrino said Thursday during a speech in Bentonville that Spring Practice will be open tho the public. CFN discusses the 2008 SEC Schedule team by team and week by week. Which bring me to the annual announcement that the Battle for the Golden Boot has been moved to Friday again. Fairchild’s Arrest helped the Hogs gain points in EDSBS’s Fulmer Cup. Hogs Illustrated checks in with one of my all time favorite hogs Tony Bua. Arkansas held it’s annual Pro Day for it’s Seniors/Departing Juniors Tuesday. Here’s audio from the event. McFadden and Jones didn’t have to work out, but to help their teammates get more exposure they did. The next two are via the Expats…Marcus Monk improved his stock. And Finally, I’m a huge Chicago Bears fan (I lived there for a decade). The idea that the only Head Coach at the pro day, and the only coach to have lunch with DMac and Felix, was the Bears’ Lovie Smith makes my day. Go Bears! and Go Hogs!

The Birds Leave the Nest

Felix Jones and Darren McFadden announced at a press conference that they both will forgo their senior seasons and will make themselves eligible for the NFL Draft. The last time I saw them in person was the South Carolina game. That was a thing of beauty. Congrats to both and we’ll be pulling for you.

ESPN.com..
McFadden
Jones

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.

Non-Grobe Trough

Tebow and McFadden split the Media and Coaches SEC offensive player of the year honors. Their both in Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards tonight. Jonathan Luigs and Felix Jones are nominated for awards also and accompanied McFadden to Orlando. More Ranking of the Bowls…this time the Cotton ranks 5th and 3rd respectively. 3 Ole Miss assistants on the hog staff have returned from Oxford with Ole Miss cell phones. Current Auburn Defensive Coordinator, and Broyles Award Finalist, Will Muschamp was DC for LSU during the Saban years of 2001-2004. I’ll let Whole Hog Sports finish the tale…

That means he was in charge in 2002, when Matt Jones hit Decori Birmingham for a 31-yard touchdown pass as time expired in Little Rock, vaulting Arkansas to the SEC Championship Game.

“I was responsible for the Miracle on Markham,” Muschamp said. “Nick fired me three times over the headset.”