Petrino Says Annual Missouri-Arkansas Football Meeting Would 'Only Make Sense'

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2012 4:46 pm  

Bobby Petrino likes the idea of Arkansas and Missouri becoming permanent SEC cross-division opponents. (Photo by Mark Friedman)

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Bobby Petrino sees no reason Arkansas and Missouri shouldn’t be permanent rivals in football.

Petrino, appearing at the Memphis-East Arkansas Razorback Club, was asked about a report the Tigers would soon replace South Carolina as the Razorbacks’ yearly cross-division opponent. He told KAIT, Jonesboro’s ABC affiliate, that he was in favor of facing Missouri on an annual basis.

“It would make sense. It would make sense in a lot of areas,” Petrino said. “We’re the closest two [SEC] teams on this side of the country. … We’re going to battle in recruiting. We’ll play in all the other sports besides football.

“It would only make sense. Therefore I hope we do it.”

Arkansas and Missouri were among the finalists for Parade/USA Today Player of the Year Dorial Green-Beckham. Ultimately the Tigers signed Green-Beckham, but the Razorbacks were able to flip two Missouri commitments.

South Carolina President Harris Pastides recently told South Carolina outlets that league members were in favor of making Arkansas and Missouri permanent rivals. That would make Texas A&M the permanent opponent of the Gamecocks.

Arkansas and South Carolina joined the league in 1992. They’ve been permanent opponents since with the Razorbacks holding a 13-7 edge.

[Video of Petrino's media appearance in West Memphis can be seen on KAIT's site. The media player is located on the right-hand side of the sports page.]



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