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Jim Harris: Razorbacks Athletic Director Jeff Long Hasn’t Earned Fans’ Total Trust

by Jim Harris 10/17/2012 3:22 pm

Late in his career, Frank Broyles was so determined to remain in charge of the University of Arkansas athletic department, he began talking as if he took the Razorback fan base for fools. He would have rather kept Houston Nutt in the head coaching chair to maintain his own job, to the point that many of his utterances were pure nonsense. It eventually backfired. Even booster and Trustee Jim Lindsey could no longer run interference for Broyles; Nutt was told he could keep coaching, just not here, and Broyles was given an emeritus’ office down the street from the complex that bears his name. Jeff Long, Broyles’ successor, has been at the UA for not quite five years, or a tenth of the time Broyles worked there, but he’s already spinning stories to Hog Nation. At some point in his time in Fayetteville, Long will stop addressing the Razorback fan base as clueless, or he will lose its trust completely.

Razorbacks Have Money For Head Coach And Facilities, What About Assistant Coaches?

by Chris Bahn 10/17/2012 10:14 am

Arkansas will likely have to improve its salary pool for assistant coaching candidates when making a hire later this year. Athletic Director Jeff Long said he anticipates the salary pool is "going to grow," for the Razorbacks, who ranked No. 8 in the SEC at the end of 2011.

[Video] Jim Harris: Arkansas AD Long Plays Part Of Politician On Coaching Search, Playing In The Rock

by Jim Harris 10/15/2012 4:00 pm

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long’s persona of the politician fits right in during this run-up to a national general election next month. Nobody shows his hand, least of all Long. So, when Long spoke to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, he tried to say what the crowd wanted to hear, but he made sure not to venture into some of the more polarizing topics.

Q&A: Razorbacks' Jeff Long On John L. Smith Bankruptcy, Coaching Search And More

by Chris Bahn 10/15/2012 2:42 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long visited with media following his Little Rock Touchdown Club appearance Monday. Here is the transcript of that chat:

Jim Harris: Arkansas-Kentucky Usually Guarantees An Odd Outcome

by Jim Harris 10/10/2012 2:33 pm

Of Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference rivals, Kentucky would seem the least likely, next to Vanderbilt, to have an edge over the Razorbacks in the all-time series. The Hogs and Wildcats have met just six times, though, and Kentucky holds a 4-2 edge. The trend for this series is, nothing seems to go as expected, and that’s probably what we should count on Saturday in Fayetteville, even if Kentucky is down to its fourth quarterback and has three injured regulars in the secondary.

The Showgram: How Can The Razorbacks Be This Fragile? Is Auburn The Remedy?

by 10/4/2012 5:45 pm

It’s time for The Showgram, the collaborative effort of ArkansasSports360.com editor Chris Bahn and Adam Alter, assistant sports director of KNWA/KARK Razorback Nation. Think of it as sports radio at your convenience. Sports talk shouldn't be available only when you're parked at your desk or stuck in drive time. (Choose the download option to listen in iTunes.) Among the highlights (or lowlights):

Jim Harris: Petrino's Recruiting Shortcomings Coincide With State Talent Falling Off

by Jim Harris 10/4/2012 8:00 am

While many Arkansas fans would like to believe that Bobby Petrino could wave a wand and coach anyone with two legs to victories galore in the Southeastern Conference, let’s also agree that the talent in Arkansas in 2007-08 was fortuitous for a pass-happy coach. That’s how you go 21-5 over two years while conceding the defensive side.

Razorback AD Jeff Long Talks Coaching Search, Butch Davis, John L. Smith And More

by Chris Bahn 9/27/2012 7:00 am

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long met with media for a Q&A following the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club meeting Wednesday. Here is a transcript.

Pressbox Roundtable: Is Arkansas' Offense To Blame? Will Red Wolves Compete In Sun Belt? Head Coach Possibilities And More With College Football Talk's Ben Kercheval

by Jim Harris 9/25/2012 3:40 pm

It's already week 5 for the Pressbox Roundtable, and this week we welcome Ben Kercheval of NBC College Football Talk as our national guest to the sit-around sports chat of usual suspects: KTHV, Channel 11, sports anchor Mark Edwards, ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper, and KABZ-FM 103.7 The Buzz' Justin Acri. Readers, join the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature. This week, the top subjects are Arkansas' three-game losing streak, the offense's role in the problems, the SEC divisional races, Florida State's return and Arkansas State's Sun Belt opener, and Ben chimes in with his thoughts on the Arkansas coaching search and Jon Gruden's hair.

Where Might Jeff Long Turn For A Razorback Coach? An Early Look At Coaches To Consider

by Chris Bahn 9/25/2012 9:30 am

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long last spoke publicly about his search for a new football coach the day before the Razorbacks’ 52-0 loss to Alabama. He said then that he still considered John L. Smith as a candidate for the job. Much seems to have changed since then, including the Razorbacks dropping to 1-3, Smith making series of public speaking gaffes and the revelation of just how much financial trouble the interim coach is facing. Smith is surely ruled out at this point. So who is factoring into the search now?

Jim Harris: Once Razorbacks' Smith Realizes Where He Is, He Explains Team’s Plight

by Jim Harris 9/24/2012 5:00 pm

As much as John L. Smith went on Monday about how much he liked Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson, in a pre-luncheon press conference and during his address to the Little Rock Touchdown Club, we find ourselves feeling that way about the Razorback head coach these days. It’s easy to like him as a person. Feel free to scratch your head about the way he coaches or what comes out of his mouth.

Otis Kirk: Arkansas Razorbacks Coaches Turn In Admirable Recruiting Effort

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com 9/20/2012 11:30 am

In a topsy turvy year, the Arkansas football staff has invited its share of criticism. But when it comes to recruiting efforts in these uncertain times, the coaches have held the line, or better.

Harris: This Razorback Season Already Mirrors 1990 UA Disaster

by Jim Harris 9/19/2012 2:33 pm

After two consecutive Cotton Bowl trips, Arkansas wasn’t forecast to be a Top 10 team in 1990, but the Razorbacks weren’t supposed to tumble quite so embarrassingly the way they did when Jack Crowe was suddenly tapped at the last moment to replace the successful and departing Ken Hatfield. What we saw, however, was a sudden fall from grace after six years of winning under Hatfield that is mirrored by much of what is happening at Arkansas these days in the post-Bobby Petrino departure. Let's be clear, Hatfield and Petrino are as different as night and day, but both were completely in charge of their programs, and the players knew it.

Pressbox Roundtable: Talking Tyler Wilson's Words, 'Bama's Strength, Razorbacks' Plight And Future With ESPN's Edward Aschoff

by Jim Harris 9/18/2012 5:00 pm

What a week it was. We've moved into Week 4 of the Pressbox Roundtable, and for this roundtable we welcome Edward Aschoff of ESPN.com as our national guest. Edward got to see Alabama’s 52-0 blowout of Arkansas in person this past weekend. Aschoff also appears weekly in “The Zone” on KABZ-FM, 103.7, every Thursday with Justin Acri, who's back with the panel this week. We also welcome KTHV, Channel 11, sports anchor Mark Edwards to the table. You can catch Mark interviewing the ArkansasSports360.com team throughout the week this season. Also back is ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper. Readers, join with the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature. There are tons of topics to hit, so let’s get started:

Razorbacks' John L. Smith Not Listening To 'Crap' From Critics As Arkansas Struggles

by Chris Bahn 9/17/2012 5:51 pm

Criticism of Arkansas Coach John L. Smith has increased over the past week. Smith, signed to a 10-month contract in April, has been the source of fan backlash on message boards, talk radio shows and through social media. Some are unhappy with how the Razorbacks have performed in the first three games of the season. Smith dismissed the criticism and said he is focused on the remaining nine games this season.

Doc Harper: Jeff Long's New Goal Is To Prevent Arkansas Razorbacks Fan Apathy

by Doc Harper 9/17/2012 10:45 am

The Arkansas Razorbacks' recent outings haven't done much to capture fans' imagination after the high hopes of the preseason. Now the program, under Athletic Director Jeff Long, must reset beginning with this week's game at Rutgers and in the long-term search for a new coach in order keep the fans coming.

Bahn: Razorbacks Desperately Miss Wilson's Playmaking And Leadership

by Chris Bahn 9/15/2012 11:59 pm

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith, whose stay in Fayetteville seems even more temporary than the 10-month contract he signed in April, couldn't offer much insight into what went wrong or how the Razorbacks plan to fix things. Instead, that job — again — fell to quarterback Tyler Wilson, who didn’t play a snap against the Crimson Tide. While Smith and other Arkansas players and coaches spouted clichés straight off the postgame loss script, Wilson seemed to speak from the heart.

Harris: Razorbacks Hit Rock Bottom Against Crimson Tide In 52-0 Fiasco

by Jim Harris 9/15/2012 11:59 pm

Never has a team with such high expectations fallen so far so fast quite like the Arkansas Razorbacks, who managed to blunder in all kinds of new ways in an embarrassing 52-0 loss to the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. CBS Sports may rethink ever putting this matchup on the tube again. LSU’s 45-3 stomping of Auburn last year was awfully ugly, but Saturday’s blowout may have been the most one-sided SEC game since the network started carrying the league to every corner of the nation. Fans and media thought last Saturday’s 34-31 loss to Louisiana-Monroe was the worst loss in Arkansas program history? It took the Razorbacks only seven days to top it.

Jeff Long 'Impacted' By Razorbacks' ULM Loss, But Says Program On 'Right Path'

by Chris Bahn 9/14/2012 6:59 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long watched the final minutes of last week’s 34-31 overtime loss to ULM from the sidelines at War Memorial Stadium. His thoughts as time ticked off the clock — and in the days that followed — weren’t, he said, unlike those shared by Razorback fans. Seeing Arkansas, ranked No. 8 at the time, lose to a Sun Belt school was difficult. But, Long said, he doesn’t expect the impact to be long-term.

Otis Kirk: Arkansas Razorbacks Try To Hold Line With Doubtful Recruits

by Otis Kirk, Hawgs247.com 9/13/2012 5:00 pm

Louisiana-Monroe's upset victory over Arkansas on Saturday sent a wave of doubt about the Hogs' coaching status and status among the SEC elite through the recruiting ranks. Arkansas will try to hang onto its core of state recruits while reassuring those who were leaning toward Arkansas but have other options.