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.
I didn’t have time to update the Slobberin’ story to a full Trough so I’ve got some news to share…
Brandon Lampkin, a reserve defensive tackle, was taken to a hospital by ambulance after a neck injury during Friday’s practice, the first with pads this season. He was released Friday night and is in good condition. His Football status is unknown at this time. QB Ryan Mallett is profiled by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. SI has the Hogs ranked 69th out of 119 FBS schools (via Expats). The Hogs are lumped in with “The Dregs” in an AOL Fanhouse preview. AOL Fanhouse also recaps the 07 SEC season and called Houston Nutt the biggest fraud. Auburn and Arkansas are joining the Spread revolution in the SEC. I didn’t link to this earlier this week but here’s the razorblogger wrapup of Media Day.
Veronica Campbell-Brown became the first Razorback in history to be chose to carry their country’s flag at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games (She carried Jamaica’s Flag). Former Hog Mitch Mustain got a break when USC starting QB Mark Sanchez injured his kneecap and will probably miss the season opener at Virginia. Mustain will compete for the starting spot against Aaron Corp for the start.
Darren McFadden had 48 yards on 12 carries during Oakland’s win over San Francisco last night. Marcus Monk had a catch for 14 yards in his debut for the Chicago Bears on Thursday. Vickiel Vaughn signed a deal with the Denver Broncos. Matt Jones was formally charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) Friday. The amount of cocaine he allegedly had with him could have opened him up to a charge of possesion with intent to deliver.
Finally, two fun links for you. I stumbled across this site that has some great Razorback desktop wallpapers…Razorhack.org (for the wallpaper use this link). Most of you have probably see this already but, “Can you pass the Darren McFadden Test?” after the jump…
This Week From The Bench…
The interview with Mitch Mustain on the radio out in Southern California last week was very telling.
Many will e-mail me after this column telling me to let it go, but Mustain for better or worse will be a player forever etched in Razorback history. If it’s OK to discuss former players, then Mustain is still fair game especially considering the circumstances in which he left.
Plus it’s not fair to deny some fans the cross they bear for the mess that was created.
Here’s The practice wrapups from the razorbloggers….4/11, 4/15. Michael Smith got a hip pointer friday before the scrimmage, but returned tuesday. Ryan Mallett is out for the rest of the spring with a thumb injury. The Traveler says it’s a fracture. FYI…USC Trojan Mitch Mustain lost the competition for the team’s starting spot…ha ha ha. McFadden maina is hitting a fever pitch.
The Diamond Hogs won their first SEC series of the year with a couple of wins over #21 Florida. The scores were UA-2 UF-1, UA-1 UF-6, UA-10 UF-4. Then promptly went out and lost at Oral Roberts, UA-2 ORU-12. They face Alcorn St. at Baum tonight. Sunday’s game time against Tennessee has been changed.
Eddie Sutton’s carrer at USF is officially over. The Expats dig into the SI archives to find an article on Joe Kline. Pelphrey is looking to improve this fall’s recruiting class. Finally, the tennis hogs are going to face Vandy in the first round of the SEC Championships.
This Week From the Bench…
Funny how things turned out. Just two years removed from the Hogs having the Parade/Gatorade/USA Today Player of the Year high school quarterback who now resides at USC, the Hogs end up with Michigan’s quarterback who may be even better. The Hogs do not get Mallet if Mitch Mustain is still on campus.
He also touches on the Rakestraw transfer and looks back at the Moncrief years.
The Diamond Hogs start up play this Friday with a series against Wichita St. and the local media are starting to do their season forecasts/previews…Razorbloggers, The Morning News, and the Slophouse. Junior third baseman Logan Forsythe was named to USA Baseball’s pre-season Golden Spikes Award Watch List on Tuesday. Here’s the Diamond Hog Promotion Schedule. The Hoop Hogs Lose to Division Leader Mississippi St. 80-74…But their RPI is still high. Assistant Coach Rob Evans talked with the LR Tip-Off Club. AD Jeff Long is in talks with Nolan Richardson to Honor the ’94 National Championship Team next year on the 15th Anniversary. ESPN’s Mel Kiper is against the Dallas Cowboys trading up to get Darren McFadden. Mitch Mustain is trying to work his way off of USC’s Scout Team.
And Finally, As far as Video Games go I own only a Nintendo Wii. No XBox360 or PS3. The game that I’ve been waiting for has finally been announced for Wii…NCAA FOOTBALL 2009! To commemorate the event EA is allowing the public to vote (once per day) on a college mascot to place on the cover of NCAA Football for Wii. Voting will be thru March 14th. Vote for Big Red!
This Week From The Bench…
While it would be fun to write about the Razorback basketball team beating Baylor, Auburn, and Alabama in heart stoppers and how a good coach can make a difference, that column must wait. It is put on hold by the stunning news of UofA Chancellor John White announcing his retirement last week. I can’t let opining on such a topic go by the wayside.
I’m going to play catch up with a few links I missed from earlier in the week that I was too sick to post on at the time.
The Cross Country Team won the South Central Regional and earned a trip to the NCAA championships. Dana Altman has his Creighton Basketball Team to thank for this hilarious video. Ladyback Basketball Freshman Whitney Zachariason has decided to transfer. Arkansas freshman forward Michael Sanchez has asked Coach Pelphrey for a redshirt. Finally AOL Fanhouse picks thru the FOIA’ed Emails recieved by Mitch Mustain’s Lawyers and finds out that Diana Nutt, Houston’s Wife, wouldn’t mind if Beck Campbell died.
I’ll be heading up to the game this weekend so I won’t get my usual postgame score post up as quickly this weekend. Enjoy the game and GO HOGS!
The Hoop Hogs land at #19 on the AP’s Preseason Top 25. John Pelphrey has his Press Conference for the West Florida Exhibition Game. Here’s a look at Charles Thomas “Life-Changing” offseason. College Football News and the Razorbloggers predict the South Carolina game. The Slophouse looks at Mitch Mustain’s tough road while remembering this weekend marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of the end. The Chatanooga Times Free Press looks at the train wreck that is the SEC bowl picture. The Tennis Hogs head to the UNLV invitational.
I’m heading out of town again today so here is your Thursday Trough (look for the story to be updated with news if something breaks when I’m gone).
USC quarterback Mitch Mustain has issued a Freedom of Information act request to the University of Arkansas. He’s asking for the records from the investigation into the harassing emails that were sent to him from Teresa Prewett, a Nutt Family Friend. (ht Arkansas Times Blog) It’s SEC Media Days and here is a roundup of stories from the Razorbloggers. College Football News has their SEC Fearless Predictions up. Fanblogs grades the Football Conferences (SEC-B+). Finally, the tennis team begins play in Tulsa at the ITA Regional.
Dacus and Dick Meet With Media
They answer questions from football starved media.
Whole Hog Sports
Brian Reader will be a walk on for the Arkansas Razorbacks this fall. That wouldn’t necessarily be news except for the way he was introduced to Razorback Football. I’ll let the following links explain how the Palma (Calif.) High QB got noticed by the Hog coaching staff.
The Morning News