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@RoadTrip I can just see it on August 30...
Bielema: "You're going too fast!!!"
Malzahn: "You're going too slow!!!"
2 months ago on We Couldn’t Make It Through An SEC Meeting Without Up-Tempo Offenses Being A Topic, Could We?
This might actually work. I would be down for it, especially if the Hogs could draw Virginia...
1 month, 3 weeks ago on An ACC/SEC Football Challenge Could Solve A Lot Of Problems… If
The Hogs will be in the Dance. Probably not top 25, but dancing. Missouri, Alabama, or LSU will take the 5th spot, maybe the 6th as well. South Carolina and Vanderbilt should be improved and Ole Miss won't drop off too much with Henderson coming back.
1 year, 3 months ago on How Much Better Will SEC Hoops Be Next Season? Uh, Probably Not Much
RIP Pat Summerall. Absolute legend.
Learned yesterday that his real name wasn't Pat, he got that nickname when the box score read "PAT Summerall" after every extra point he kicked.
1 year, 3 months ago on Football Fans Lose A Legend With The Passing Of Summerall
I'd really like to see a tougher road schedule than this:
at #9 LSU
at #7 Florida
at #1 Alabama
at Ole Miss
Throw in home games against #5 Texas A&M, #8 South Carolina, and Miss State and that's a crazy schedule. Arkansas' East opponents went 22-4 last year (SC, Fla).
1 year, 3 months ago on Miles Put The Right Spin On LSU’s 2013 Schedule
Yeah, Bielema's such a jerk for bringing that up. All of us here in Arkansas had completely forgotten about that and he reminded us. /sarcasm
Seriously though, he probably shouldn't have said that, but his job isn't to appease Petrino or his mistress. The Petrino and John L Smith debacles left Arkansas fans with a distrust for their head coaches, so before he wins a game Bielema has to bring back that swagger.
1 year, 4 months ago on Hogs’ Bielema “Jokes” On Twitter, But Ex-Coach Petrino Probably Isn’t Laughing
Arkansas (and probably LSU) deserved NIT bids. This is not an issue for debate. There is no question.
Here's your eye test. "Eye" a comparison of St John's (NIT 5-seed) and Arkansas' resume:
Team Record (Conf) RPI vs50 vs100 vs150+ Road Best W Worst L
Arkansas 19-13 (10-8) 88 3-6 7-10 9-1 1-9 #9 #224
St John's 16-15 (8-10) 93 3-7 5-11 8-2 4-7 #36 #215
Looking at the resume, my question is that if next year Arkansas goes 8-24 (and 8-3 on the road), will they be a 4-seed or a 5-seed in the NCAA Tournament? That's where it appears they should be with the way the criteria is currently weighted.
1 year, 4 months ago on There’s No Room For Crying Across The SEC Today
How did Barbee manage to land such a massive deal? Contract through 2017 with a $3 million buyout? I'm looking through his 3-year resume and I'm not seeing any specific point where it would have made sense to extend and/or raise him, and he surely wasn't offered a 7-year deal with a buyout of $3 million from the start.
Coaches' contracts are kind of ridiculous (maybe I'm just ignorant...), but how'd Auburn work themselves into this contract mess?
1 year, 4 months ago on His Boss’ Job Security, His Buyout, And “The Pearl Factor” Could Work In Barbee’s Favor At AU
Congrats to Mizzou, who got exactly what they wanted. Not only a blowout, but their coach acting like a moron (not unlike Petrino vs LSU 2011) on national television to get Arkansas fans all riled up for the rivalry. These teams should be top-5 SEC teams over the next few years, so I expect some heated matchups. The treatment we gave Kentucky in Fayetteville this year will be given plus more to Mizzou next year in Fayetteville.
1 year, 4 months ago on SEC Hoops: Mizzou Crushes Arkansas, Ole Miss Survives Late Alabama Rally
True but I doubt NFL scouts would put much stock into the words of L Smith and Mini Petrino. The guy that needs to be worried is Tank Wright, who elected to miss the last 7 games to get some kind of surgery. Paul Haynes all but named him by name in his interview. But then again will the scouts care, since Haynes probably doesn't even know the difference between a Cover 2 and a Cover 3?
1 year, 6 months ago on Ex-Hog RB Davis Isn’t Buying Ex-Coaches’ “They Quit” Claims
"(It was less than a year ago that he whined about Urban Meyer’s tactics at Ohio State.)"
I don't think you've ever mentioned this on this site before. Please elaborate. Sorry we stole a Tennessee commit.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC Headlines – 1/29/13
Arkansas still has a solid chance to make the tournament. Texas A&M and Ole Miss having fast starts has made the tournament race interesting.
If Arkansas can notch a couple of road wins, I could see A&M, Ole Miss, the Hogs, and Kentucky all finishing around 12-6 or 11-7 in conference. Should be interesting.
1 year, 6 months ago on SEC RPI Watch - 1/14/13
@JeffMcCartney Haha. Probably a little bit. Manziel is one of those guys that when he's on your team you love him because he's freakishly athletic and arrogant. But when you have to face him you hate him for the same reasons.
Ryan Mallett was a lot like that. If he had played for LSU or someone I would have loathed him. Bobby Petrino was the same way. Arkansas had a freak QB named Matt Jones (2001-2004) that was like that as well.
1 year, 6 months ago on “Out Of Jail” And “Off Twitter”: OU DC Mike Stoops Offers Advice To Johnny Manziel, Then Apologizes
Since Manziel was arrested last summer and is an arrogant jerk on Twitter, I see nothing wrong with Stoops' comments. He's exactly right.
Manziel is an incredible player, but I really hope Chris Smith or Trey Flowers lights his world up in Fayetteville next fall.
Pelini to Tennessee?
Bret Bielema approves of this!
1 year, 7 months ago on What Next, Tennessee?
@GeoffDawg Arkansas' top commit is a 5* TE and we have a great FB in Kiero Small who was injured this year (but great in 2011).
It's O-line that's a concern. We have some high-recruits but they were not developed properly. May take at least one, maybe two years to get the line where he wants it. Wisconsin's line was consistently bigger than the Green Bay Packers' line.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Bielema Era Begins In Fayetteville
@kentatm He was joking when he said it. He has a lot of respect for Barry Alvarez, who is a class act, but he was getting weary of following him. Wanted to create something for himself.
@TruancyBot Long has a verbal agreement from his coach's agent, but that coach's team is playing this Saturday. Thus Long can't announce him until next Monday/Tuesday at the earliest, and didn't want the media to pick up the trail, thus a distraction. He's pulled a "smokescreen" with every single one of his hires, whether by accident or on purpose.
Arkansas recruit Kaleb Blanchard said yesterday that he was told all of Arkansas' finalist candidates have games on Saturday, and the new coach would be announced next week.
1 year, 8 months ago on Les Miles Gets A Raise And A Contract Extension
Arkansas never offered him, Miles indicated twice, the second one very obvious.
This was either
1. a brilliant smokescreen by Long to throw media off the scent of his real hire
2. an agreement by Long and Miles' agent to get Miles more money, possibly in exchange for some assistance in the coaching search
3. a combination of 1 and 2
4. as Dennis Dodd suggested, Long showing the nation that he sold out and failed. Possibly as an excuse for an unimpressive hire.
Not a single source inside the Arkansas athletic department has confirmed this offer. It's all Baton Rouge people.
Oh well, we'll find out at 2 CT at Miles' PC.
1 year, 8 months ago on Miles To The Razorbacks? The Latest On UA’s Search
The last time anyone tried to go with Arkansas' Sloppy Seconds, Ole Miss ended up with Nutt.
Anyone else wanna go for it?
1 year, 8 months ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino
"Only second home loss at night for Miles."
Third, actually. The second SATURDAY night home loss. LSU lost 50-48 in 3OT to Arkansas in 2007, but the game was on a Friday night.
1 year, 9 months ago on Screen Pass Turns The Trick In Baton Rouge, Tide Stays Undefeated With Win Over LSU
Hmm, going ATS on all but two, and picking Ole Miss SU. Hopefully the Hogs (+3 in TO margin last 2 weeks) can prove you wrong!
1 year, 9 months ago on SEC Game Previews - 10/26/12
Whether Alabama specifically is guilty or not, there's something not right about a pro-Alabama administration at a high school that offers extra credits for students, allowing highly-recruiting players to transfer in, play a year, and then commit to Alabama. It's a competitive disadvantage for the high school's opponents, and if it's not illegal recruiting it should be.
1 year, 9 months ago on NCAA Looking Into High School Transfer Of Bama Football Recruit Paige
Big Tex burns down at the Texas State Fair and now A&M campus is evacuated due to a bomb threat?
Yep, LSU must be in town.
1 year, 9 months ago on Texas A&M Evacuates Campus After Bomb Threat
Arkansas' "average" doesn't correlate very well. Here's their scoring defense through 4 SEC games:
So it's hard to apply any averaged statistic to Arkansas' defense. Other than that, I'm impressed with this stat. It makes sense, and it seems to reflect the effectiveness of the defense from what I've seen this year.
1 year, 9 months ago on MrSEC.com Stat Analysis: Slow Grind 10/18/12
Program is snakebit. Still may go 6-6, which would be incredible.
Players who have missed lots of time this season (*-starters)
*QB Tyler Wilson (1.5 games, concussion)
*RB Dennis Johnson (limited vs. Rutgers and A&M, broken hand)
*FB Kiero Small (5 games, injured foot in practice before ULM, out for season)
FB Kody Walker (4.5 games, leg vs. ULM, out for season)
*TE Chris Gragg (2.5 games, injured vs. Rutgers, DNP vs. A&M and Auburn, questionable for UK Saturday)
*DE Tank Wright (2 games, injured vs. Rutgers, return this season questionable)
*LB Alonzo Highsmith (injured vs. Auburn, out for season)
*CB Tevin Mitchel (5 games, injured vs. ULM, cleared to play Saturday vs. UK)
*CB Kaelon Kelleybrew (1.5 games, injured vs. Alabama and again vs. Rutgers, DNP vs A&M)
*S Eric Bennett (1.5 games, injured vs. Rutgers, DNP vs. A&M)
S Rohan Gaines (parts of 3 games, first injured vs. Rutgers)
1 year, 9 months ago on Hogs' Leading Tackler Highsmith Done For The Season
Arkansas probably throws the checkbook at Gary Patterson, and Strong is likely in the top 3 if Patterson declines. Patterson would be incredible in Fayetteville.
1 year, 10 months ago on Louisville's Strong To Arkansas? Not According To Him
Great. Some backup is about to have a career day.
1 year, 10 months ago on AU's Bray Suspended For Game Arkansas Game
Believe it or not, but I think Smith's futility is good for Arkansas. If we're going to be 1-3, it's better to have an obvious scapegoat (clueless goofball interim) to blame rather than have promoted a serious on-staff guy.
At this point, the nation blames John L (and Bobby) and doesn't act like the program is falling apart at the seams. The perspective is that we'll get a good coach at the end of the year whether we finish 7-6 or 1-11, and things will be fine in 2013.
1 year, 10 months ago on Hogs' Smith Needs To Stop Talking
We're finding out what an incredible coach he is. He really is the Saban of offense. Too bad how his life outside of the game couldn't be as precise and ordered...
1 year, 10 months ago on Louisville Writer Breaks Down The Power Of Petrino; We Tell You Why He’ll Be Back In The Big Leagues Next Season
@Tiger Eyez Wasn't Roof the DC last year? Then he says they "weren't coached well"? Most people can put two and two together.
1 year, 10 months ago on AU's McNeal Craps All Over Ex-Coordinator Roof
3) Butch Davis
School: formerly Miami and North Carolina
Davis, a Talequah, OK, native and graduate of the U of A, has close ties to the program. He was a candidate in 2007 for the job that Petrino won. Davis compiled a 51-20 record with Miami (1995-2000) taking a scandal-ridden program and recruiting against the likes of Spurrier's Florida and Bowden's Florida State in their prime, and passing them in talent by the end of the decade. 42 Hurricanes players recruited by Davis played in the NFL. Many are still there. After he left Miami for the Browns, he turned the keys over to his OC Larry Coker who promptly won a national championship in 2001 and almost won a second in 2002. After the Browns, Davis returned to the college ranks taking over putrid North Carolina (one bowl in previous six years) in 2007. From 2007-2010 Davis coached up the Tar Heels, finishing with a 28-23 record and three bowls in four years. The 2011 North Carolina was expected to be among the best in the ACC, with several NFL prospects all across the defense.
Davis's program was investigated by the NCAA in 2010 for academic violations. One of his assistants was implicated for connections with an agent, and another was implicated for various academic frauds. Though Davis himself was acquitted of any wrongdoing by the NCAA, the school fired him in spring 2011 while trying to start over with a clean image. Davis's NCAA baggage may be a red flag for embattled AD Jeff Long, who's already dealt with one coach scandal recently, but Davis will be a hot prospect in the coaching carousel sooner rather than later.
1 year, 10 months ago on Why Bobby Petrino's Departure Is Ultimately Good News For Arkansas
Most of the team quit. I sat in the rain in the stadium and watched them. Someone needed to call them out, and John L wasn't going to.
1 year, 10 months ago on Hogs' Wilson Talks About His Controversial Comments After Saturday's Loss
I left the game early in the 3rd quarter soon after Dennis Johnson fumbled the kickoff and Alabama scored to make it 38-0. It was apparent to me at that time that the players wanted to be there as much as I did, which was not at all. Of course, it also began raining in the 2nd quarter and did not let up until late in the 4th, and I had a flimsy jacket.
I'll be there for Rutgers, and I'd suspect that there will be around 68,000 (near capacity) for that one. It's a game that was expected to draw around 72,000 before the season, but fans will still come to support the players. Supporting the new coach won't be an issue: Jeff Long knows his job depends on a home run hire. Sources in the athletic department have said that Long is willing to make the next coach the highest paid in college football, if necessary. I would expect a defense-first coach (Charlie Strong, Butch Davis, and Gary Patterson seem to be the runaway leaders) and then drop a bunch on a good OC.
1 year, 10 months ago on Fan Apathy An Issue At Arkansas?
Everyone claims to have the most snake-bit program in the NCAA, but I'm pretty sure they don't have it as bad as we do. I suppose y'all have also seen the viral pic of the giant fight between 4 drunk girls during a pregame tailgate Saturday as well?
1 year, 10 months ago on Hog Fan Sings To The Internet; We’re Speechless
@John at MrSEC Good point.
1 year, 10 months ago on CBS Pays For Lack Of Faith In UF And UT
Arkansas will probably put up a heck of a fight against Alabama. Hogs' only bright spot has been run defense between the tackles, so Alabama will probably have to throw to pull away. We attacked ULM without a game plan on either side of the ball, and I doubt that happens again. It lacks the intrigue it would have had, but it could still be a great game. Besides, based on the last couple of years, how do we know that Florida and Tennessee won't both go 7-5 or 6-6? So far they've each won two games they were supposed to win.
@viciousdawg Nope. He's not in our top 5 right now. If Louisville keeps winning look for Charlie Strong, the Batesville, AR native and graduate of Central Arkansas.
1 year, 10 months ago on Louisiana-Monroe Stuns Arkansas In Overtime
@OldArmy @John at MrSEC Regardless of Internet, trash talk is still trash talk. Just because it's on the Internet doesn't mean it's suddenly bad.
I like Texas A&M as a university. One of my best buddies is in the Corps down there, and I am EXCITED about going to College Station next fall. However, I highly doubt Texas A&M had me and my buddy in mind when they began their push to move the game to campus locations. I think going 0-3 on national television in a named rivalry game was the number one reason.
If A&M was 3-0 at this point they would not be complaining; and honestly, Arkansas probably would be. But the "it wasn't generating enough money" argument is BS. Games like the Southwest Classic are mutually beneficial to both schools, unless you lose.
And best of luck to A&M under Sumlin, as well. I've pulled for A&M during the past couple of seasons in the Big XII.
2 years, 3 months ago on Hogs, Aggies To Meet Home And Home Before Going Back To JerryWorld
Correction, I believe it's 89-43 after the first quarter. Doing that in my head without looking up the boxscores was a bad idea.
Since A&M is 0-3 against Arkansas in JerryWorld, including being outscored 96-50 after the first quarter, I'm not really surprised they want out. The game has been financially beneficial for both sides (albeit not as beneficial as initially thought) but getting spanked inside the glorious state of Texas doesn't do much for the Aggie image.
Old Army is correct, there are 7 games left, the last five of which are to be played in JerryWorld.
If we took track & field, baseball, women's basketball, gymnastics, and golf into account Arkansas would be much higher. I was surprised to see us that low overall. I guess as bad as basketball's been it makes sense.
2 years, 3 months ago on MrSEC.com's Brag-O-Meter: The Best FB/BB Programs Of The Last 4 Years
Alright John, good article overall. But let me give you this:
Think back to 4 1/2 months after you started MrSEC.com. Now imagine that you were offered a new job that included all of the following:
-A pay increase of five times your current annual salary (not including incentives)
-Coworkers that include a ton of your favorite associates from past jobs
-A ton of inside sources EVERYWHERE, great technology, basically the no-loss perfect situation to walk in to
-(in John L's case) A chance to redeem yourself to the sports media world for an embarrassing failure of your past (Michigan State 2004-2006)
Would you take this job?
I like ESPN writer Dan Wolken's Tweet earlier: "Some people just never "get" that coaches look at their jobs just like we look at our jobs. You get a better opportunity? You go."
2 years, 3 months ago on Hogs Turn To Smith; Smith Turns On Alma Mater; Some Turn On Hogs And Smith
I actually don't mind Fulmer. He's fairly hands-off, his best days were when Cutcliffe was his OC and Chavis his DC and he served as the CEO-type. If he promises to do that again, I think this could work. Paul Petrino could run the offense, and Paul Haynes could run the defense, and Fulmer could help in recruiting and day-to-day management.
2 years, 3 months ago on Dorrell Out, Fulmer In (?) At Arkansas
@poooooookss Being one of the winningest coaches in SEC history doesn't happen by pure luck.
I'd take Mariucci.
Jon Gruden's old golfing buddy, former-Razorback PGA golfer John Daly has been Tweeting his support for Gruden. Yesterday's Tweet told Razorback Nation that he had "passed relevant information along to Jeff Long" regarding Gruden's interest. I don't see it happening, but keep in mind that Gruden almost accepted a job at cash-strapped Miami, who could only offer a "measly" $3 million a year and could not upgrade the salaries of assistants. Arkansas can afford up to around $4 million if necessary, along with upgraded assistant salaries.
Again, Gruden's name gets mentioned in connection with EVERY major college head coaching job, so I don't see it happening Daly's strong interest is something to keep an eye on.
2 years, 3 months ago on Mariucci Doesn't Deny Interest In Arkansas
They exchanged 4,300 texts...so she texted him roughly 2,150 times. Those records were released on Wednesday, and so it's no surprise that after seeing those Arkansas suspended her. Texting him back that many times shows consent on her part, and hurts her case.
Besides, couldn't he, since the affair lasted before her employment, sue her for blackmail? He could claim that she threatened to make their affair public and bring him down if he didn't hire her. That case is just as strong as her's, if not stronger.
2 years, 3 months ago on Arkansas Suspends Dorrell
@Hogitall Exactly. We didn't hire a guy who's been through messy divorces, affairs, text scandals, or cheating the NCAA.
2 years, 3 months ago on Hogs' Long Needs To Worry About A Coach, Not Recruits
@Hogitall Exactly. I've seen nothing for respect for Jeff Long in this situation. I guess there are more good people in the world than I thought, or maybe just more good Hog fans ;)
2 years, 3 months ago on Petrino’s Out, But What’s Next For Arkansas?