Friday Trough

Welcome to the weekend. Spring Football Practice opened up on Thursday. But, weather forced them indoors yesterday and today. Here’s some rules from the athletic dept. when you finally do get to attend practice. The Razorbloggers preview the spring practices. Petrino will be holding a High School Coaches Clinic. He also spoke to the media on Monday and here’s some audio clips from the Slophouse. Speaking of the Slophouse they point out an article that ran in the New York Times chronicling the road DMac had to take to get to the big time.

In Hoops News… Nate Rakestraw was given his release from the team earlier this week. No word on where he’s headed. The Expats remind everyone that it was 14 years ago today that Nolan, Corliss, Scotty, and the boys brought Fayetteville their first NCAA Tournament title. Time flies indeed. They also show how all of this years final four teams have links to Arkansas’ NCAA past. Sonny Weems won the college basketball version of the slam dunk contest and made Sportcenter’s Top Plays. Wally Hall talks about a domino effect that could send John Pelphrey to Kentucky.

The Diamond Hogs finally got a win with a 7-6 thriller at Missouri State Tuesday Night. But rain returned to the Razorbacks forecast when a game with Mississippi Valley State forced them to postpone Wednesday’s game to May 12th. Now the hogs are looking to JUCO transfer Justin Wells to make his first D-1 start Saturday during the Auburn series that starts tonight.

Ladyback diver Madison Palmer was named to the 2008 Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Community Service Team. The Hog Tennis Squad will take it’s final roadtrip of the season this weekend when they travel to Ole Miss. Chris Wyrick was names Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs. Kevin Trainor, who was the AD for External Affairs, will continue to serve in his current role with the revised title of Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations and Communications.

Well That Was Disappointing

Well, Arkansas is a 9th Seed in the NCAA Tournament facing 8 Seed Indiana. The Selection Committee Loved us sooo much that if we win, which is a big if, we’ll almost without a doubt face the #1 overall seed North Carolina…in Raleigh, NC…what fun. Arkansas Lost To Georgia in the SEC Tournament Final 66-57. Georgia led the whole way and Arkansas got close but never even tied the game. They were relatively close in most statistical categories but were killed from behind the arch. Georgia was 7-15 and the Hogs were 2-17 from Three Point Range. That was the difference in the game. Finally, I volunteered for Deadspin‘s Tournament Preview on Arkansas. I’ll be linking to in the next few days.

I wanted to also welcome the following teams to Little Rock…Memphis v. Texas-Arlington, Mississippi St. v. Oregon, Miami v. St. Mary’s, Texas v. Austin Peay.

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.

Corey Beck Needs Your Help

Corey Beck was shot a couple of months back, We posted on it, and is having trouble paying his medical bills. If you’d like to help stop by a Bank of America and make a donation to the Corey Beck Medical Fund. Or, Mail a Check to the following address. He gave us his all on the court, now in his time of need you can say thanks. Thanks to The Hog Blogger and The Expats for Mentioning his story. For more, including Beck calling into a Little Rock radio station about the incident, click the previous links.

Bank of America
c/o Corey Beck Medical Fund
200 W Capitol Ave
Little Rock AR 72201
(if you have questions, call 501.378.1267, then extension 4)

Former Hog Corey Beck Shot

Corey Beck, a member of Arkansas’ 1994 National Championship Basketball Team, was shot in the hand and face during an attempted robbery this past Sunday morning. This is being reported by The Commercial Appeal out of Memphis. Beck is in critical condition at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Memphis Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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