Harris: Hoover's Arrival Means College Football Is Nearly Here

by Jim Harris  on Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011 3:18 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

The Wednesday following the Major League Baseball All-Star Game may be the worst day in all of sports. The majors are idle; there's not even another thrilling home run derby, celebrity All-Star softball game or something for ESPN broadcast for hours and take our minds off the summer doldrums.

The pro football and basketball drafts have come and gone. The NBA beat the NHL in getting its season over with before the end of June. Wimbledon is past and the British Open is still a day away. We've got the Golf Channel and ESPN providing run-up coverage to The Open Championship, though, telling viewers how hard it is for even the best professional golfers to drive a 243-yard par-3 into the gale coming off the English Channel.

The NFL players and owners keep going back and forth on whether a season will even be staged this fall. Speaking of stages, somebody probably took over the yellow whatever-it-is in the Tour de France. Whoopee.

ESPN can spend all night talking about the USA Women's 3-1 World Cup semifinal win over France. Again, Whoopee.

As for college football news, we're just hoping we don't hear of another DUI arrest during this time of year.

Beyond that, nothing, and I mean nothing, seems to be happening in the sports world on hump day in the middle of July.

However, that's soon about to change.

Next week, more than 800 writers, radio talking heads and TV sportscasters and their cameramen will converge on Hoover, Ala., for the annual mid-summer event that tells us the start of football is just a few scant weeks away. ArkansasSports360.com's Chris Bahn and myself will be there among the media throng.

Arkansas is part of the first-day kickoff of four teams -- head coach and selected star players -- discussing how great the 2011 football season will be.

Many in the media outside Florida, Georgia or those who covered Auburn will be meeting Will Muschamp for the first time. He made a big impression with the Arkansas media and some fans, though, when he was in town as a Broyles Award finalist in December 2007. For a few hours, it appeared he had made such an impression that he was soaring up the candidate list for the opening at Arkansas that both Tommy Bowden and Jim Grobe supposedly turned down.

Then, of course, Bobby Petrino rode in from Atlanta.

Muschamp waited for his time for three years at Texas as defensive coordinator and "coach in waiting" at UT before Florida called, needing a new coach to replace the worn-out Urban Meyer.



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