Monday Trough

Well uninspired is the word most would use for the final regular season SEC series for the Diamond Hogs. They lost the series 2 games to 1 and finished the conference season 1/2 game out of 8th place in the final SEC standings…and out of the SEC tournament. The Finals from the weekend set are…

Thursday Ark.-5 Miss. St.-6 , Friday Ark.-5 Miss. St.-6 , Saturday Ark.-15 Miss. St.-10.
Rivals has a photo journal of the final game. The Hogs are currently hosting Western Illinois at Baum. Whole Hog Sports is calling it a Must Win. The hogs look to bolster their chances to get into an NCAA Regional. Their RPI hasn’t been updated but this link will update later tonight. Here’s the University’s Baseball Notebook from before tonight’s game.

UPDATE: Diamond Hogs Beat Western Illinois…Ark.-12/W. Ill.-6.

Turning to other spring sports…
The Men Track Hogs won the SEC Outdoor Track & Field title this weekend, John McDonnell’s last as head coach. The search for his replacement is going at a “steady” pace. Ladyback Tracksters finished third at the meet. The Ladyback Tennis Team finished the season ranked 17th this season after being eliminated in the Elite Eight. It was arguably the best season in school history. The Ladyback Softball team finished it’s season with a loss in the NCAA Regionals to Oregon. Ladyback Miranda Dixon was named to the Louisville Slugger / National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I All-Region team. The Mens Golf Team Finished in 19th place at the NCAA Regional this weekend. The Ladyback Golfers start their Regional tomorrow.

Finally…
College Football News have their WAAAY early bowl predictions up (Hogs V. Nebraska in Indy Bowl). Razorback Hoopster Michael Sanchez has moved from the bench to a starting role for the Reach USA squad in China. The Expats dip into the SI archives to find a Hog football team in turmoil from 1988.

Wednesday Trough

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.

SI Writer Explains His AP Votes

Stewart Mandel is a writer for SI.com and a voter in the AP football poll. In his new book, excerpted on SI.com, he talks about the 2006 season and talks about the night of Arkansas’ win over Mississippi St., their tenth in a row, and why he ranked Arkansas where he did. It’s a facinating look behind the curtain.

Nov. 18, 2006, 11:12 p.m., Ruby Tuesday’s, Columbus, Ohio: A couple of my fellow writers and I, having just covered the Ohio State-Michigan “Game of the Century,” have gathered for a late-night dinner. Laptop open, I’m putting the finishing touches on my AP ballot, but one issue has me stumped: Who should be No. 2? For weeks, I have resisted in print the notion that, should No. 1 OSU and No. 2 Michigan stage a thriller, the loser should not drop in the polls. The idea of a national-championship rematch seems ridiculous. And yet, with images from the two teams’ 42-39 classic still fresh in my mind, I can’t bring myself to move another team above the 11-1 Wolverines. Arkansas, the team I had third last week, has won 10 straight games, yet I’m no longer comfortable putting them ahead of 9-1 USC, a team that beat the Razorbacks 50-14 the first week of the season. The Trojans appear to be the next-best candidate but they’re only three weeks removed from a bad loss at Oregon State. And Florida, itself 10-1, hasn’t looked good in about a month. I poll the table, and everyone is in agreement that, under the circumstances, you’ve got to keep Michigan No. 2, so I do. It’s a decision I’ll regret two weeks later when Florida wins the SEC title.

SI.com

McFadden on SI Cover

SI Darren McFadden Cover

Darren McFadden is on cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Actually he’s on one of five covers distributed nationally. They have a nice article on him and place Arkansas at #13 in their preseason poll. He’s only the second Razorback to grace the cover solo…

McFadden becomes the first Razorback football player to be on the cover of Sports Illustrated since Ben Cowins and Ron Calcagni joined former Arkansas coach Lou Holtz on the cover of the magazine on Sept. 11, 1978. McFadden becomes only the second individual football player to grace the cover by himself in school history. Harry Jones was Arkansas’ first cover boy on Nov. 8, 1965.

Hogwired.com
SI McFadden Story
SI Arkansas Preview

Pelphrey hopes to Instill “Kentucky” Spirit in Hogs

John Pelphrey’s Senior season at Kentucky and his upcoming season at Arkansas have many parallels. Both Arkansas and Kentucky, at the time, were programs trying to recapture past glory. Although, the Hogs don’t have a Jamal Mashburn on this squad they have the potential to match Kentucky’s run to one of the most memorable finishes in NCAA tournament history. With Kentucky coming off probation, Pelphrey and the Wildcats made it to the Elite Eight in 1992 before losing to Duke on Christian Laettner’s famous buzzer-beater.

SI.com

Mandel’s Mailbag & Worst/Best Coaches

SI’s Stewart Mandel Names his 10 Best and Worst College Football Coaches in his mailbag today. Those Who Just Missed The 10 Worst List…

Georgia Tech’s Chan Gailey (who gets a one-year reprieve for winning a division title, even if he did still manage to lose his requisite five games), Nebraska’s Bill Callahan, Arizona’s Mike Stoops, Illinois’ Ron Zook and Arkansas’ Houston Nutt.

Then he answers the question…

Does Arkansas have to win at least 10 games before Darren McFadden has a shot at winning the Heisman?

10 Worst Coaches-SI.com
McFadden Question-SI.com

Hog Fan’s Laywer Refiles Lawsuit

From the AP:

A lawyer for the man suing University of Arkansas officials over a harsh e-mail sent to former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain filed a revised lawsuit Monday.

Washington County Circuit Judge Mark Lindsay earlier this month dismissed all four complaints in a suit filed by John David Terry of Mount Ida, but gave him 20 days to file amended pleadings regarding two of the complaints.

SI.com