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SEC West is Home to Huge Salaries — But Everyone Can't Win

by David Brandt, The Associated Press 7/16/2015 7:05 am

The Southeastern Conference Western Division is college football's land of plenty, with all seven schools throwing huge piles of money at their respective coaching staffs to try and gain an upper hand. The theory: More cash invested equals more victories.

Arkansas State Loses Football Coach Bryan Harsin But Gets Payday

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/16/2013 12:00 am

It’s not the best way to generate revenue, but Arkansas State University doubled its investment after losing its third head football coach in three years.

Arkansas Business: Best Quotes of 2012

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/24/2012 12:00 am

From John L. Smith’s pep talk to reporters to U.S. District Judge Bill Wilson’s withering remarks to out-of-line prosecutors, they said it all in 2012.

Mike Beebe: Surprised by Bret Bielema, Disappointed by Gus Malzahn

by Mark Carter 12/5/2012 11:29 am

Gov. Mike Beebe meets with reporters to discuss his trip to Washington D.C. to address the "fiscal cliff." But he wasn't about to get away without addressing the really important stuff.

Bahn: No Redemption For Razorbacks, Just More Frustration In Little Rock Loss

by Chris Bahn 10/28/2012 7:38 am

There was no redemption in the Rock for Arkansas on Saturday. Instead, players got just another dose of disappointment. Rather than avenging an earlier loss at War Memorial Stadium, the Razorbacks were just frustrated by an Ole Miss field goal that sailed through the uprights as time expired in the Rebels' 30-27 victory.

AP: Razorbacks Can't Rally Against Rebels, Fail To Capitalize On Dennis Johnson's Big Day

by The Associated Press 10/27/2012 5:46 pm

Dennis Johnson did his best to will Arkansas' rally on Saturday. Even the running back's career-best 161 yards rushing and late game-tying touchdown weren't enough, however, for the Razorbacks to avoid a 30-27 defeat to Mississippi. The loss put a halt to a two-game winning streak and left Arkansas (3-5, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) once again searching for answers in its first season after former coach Bobby Petrino's firing in April.

2-Minute Drill: Ole Miss 30, Arkansas 27

by Chris Bahn 10/27/2012 5:31 pm

Why Arkansas Lost: Mistakes doomed the Razorbacks, who put up big numbers on offense and made some critical stops on defense, but couldn’t seem to get out of their own way. Arkansas had a punt blocked which led to a touchdown and Tyler Wilson was intercepted twice, one of which led to an Ole Miss score. Arkansas held the Rebels to field goals on three drives, but couldn’t come up with stops when needed. Ole Miss ran its two-minute offense to perfection in the final 2:09, hitting a field goal as time expired to win the game and mark the first time since 1997 the Razorbacks lost two games in War Memorial Stadium.

AP: Razorbacks Eye Little Rock Redemption Against Ole Miss

by Kurt Voigt, The Associated Press 10/26/2012 2:55 pm

John L. Smith likes the change he has seen from Arkansas the last few weeks. The Razorbacks coach has enjoyed the much-needed two straight wins, but more than that he has seen an emotional rebound from what could have been a season-crushing, four-game losing streak. The wins have served to remind the Razorbacks (3-4, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) that they entered the season as a preseason top 10 team, ripe with championship expectations. The title hopes are gone, but Arkansas still has its sights set on a fourth straight bowl game and will look for another strong performance on Saturday against Mississippi (4-3, 1-2) in Little Rock.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Hogs, Ole Miss Eye Bowl Eligibility; Mississippi State Tries To Join Elite

by Jim Harris 10/24/2012 2:06 pm

Divisional leaders clash in the Southeastern Conference's top games this weekend, while Arkansas and Ole Miss both seek to draw closer to bowl eligibility with their brunch-time matchup in Little Rock. Each team's coach said Wednesday during the SEC teleconference that he was trying to get a handle on how the open weekend might affect this week's performance. Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said the time off helped his 3-4 team heal "the bumps and bruises" and that Tuesday's practice was very good. Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze also said his team enjoyed the week to get over injuries but that the first practice back, on Tuesday, was sluggish.

As Jeff Long Searches For Razorback Coach, Let's Look At Who His SEC Peers Have Hired

by Chris Bahn 10/3/2012 3:28 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long continues to evaluate his options for a new football coach. All options are on the table for Long, but in talking with him last week it seems his preference is to hire an existing college head coach. Long has not written off hiring a college coordinator or NFL coach/coordinator, but college head coaching experience is the priority. What have the most recent hires in the Southeastern Conference looked like? Below we review the hires made by the Razorbacks’ peers:

Bahn: Coming Up With Positives In This Razorback Season Possible, But Takes Time

by Chris Bahn 10/2/2012 2:51 pm

Rarely in the five-plus months John L. Smith has been on the job at Arkansas have we found the coach speechless. Smith is almost never at a loss for words. Which has been part of the problem up to this point, right? He’s just been too darn comfortable in front of a microphone for a lot of the fan’s tastes. So the silence that preceded Smith’s answer to the final question at his Monday press conference was noteworthy.

SEC Notebook: Short-handed Ole Miss Taking Hits; Gamecocks' Clowney Now MLB?

by Jim Harris 8/7/2012 1:00 pm

Ole Miss already has enough personnel issues that the Rebels don't need any major injuries, but new coach Hugh Freeze and crew were dealt a blow with the loss of two starters over the weekend. South Carolina is looking for ways to get potential superstar defender Jadeveon Clowney around the football. And receivers are piling up at Auburn.

Jim Harris: Vandy's Franklin, Arkansas' 'Joker' Smith Rule SEC Media Days Coaches

by Jim Harris 7/20/2012 2:47 pm

The addition of two teams to the Southeastern Conference and its annual July football media days brought some personality to what can often turn into a mundane three days of coachspeak. We've come to expect the well-placed barbs from Steve Spurrier to the subtle jabs from Nick Saban to the outright sleep-inducing speech of Gene Chizik. However, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Missouri's Gary Pinkel managed to take the event up a notch rather than lower it into the perfect advertisement for 5-hour energy drinks. But even the newcomers couldn't quite reach the enthusiastic level hit by Vanderbilt's James Franklin and Arkansas' 10-month coach, John L. Smith. In our annual after-the-trip look back at three days in Hoover, we rank the performances of all 14 coaches, basing the ratings also on how most of the media reacted to the head men in the SEC.

SEC Media Days: Hugh Freeze Wavers On Comparing Arkansas State, Ole Miss Talent Levels

by Jim Harris 7/19/2012 12:40 pm

The inevitable question arose for new Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze on Thursday at SEC Media Days: How would you compare the talent you had at Arkansas State last year to the talent at Ole Miss this year? Freeze did a little dance around the question. "I don't know if that's a fair judge necessarily, because the year we had last year at Arkansas State was a remarkable ride," Freeze said.

Video: Gus Malzahn Wastes No Time In Getting ASU Red Wolves To Think ‘Big-Time’

by Chris Bahn 7/17/2012 12:00 am

Many of the same qualities that led Malzahn to success at the prep level helped him succeed as an offensive coordinator in college. Now he has his shot at proving his offensive philosophies, big vision and drive to succeed can work at Arkansas State.

Red Wolves' Ryan Aplin Still Has Appetite To Help A-State Advance

by Todd Traub 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Whatever happens this season, quarterback Ryan Aplin will leave Arkansas State with an accomplishment few of his Red Wolves predecessors had a chance to enjoy. Aplin’s team won. That’s it. The ultimate statistic.

Sporting News: Red Wolves' Malzahn, Razorbacks' Smith Should Be OK In First Year

by Chris Bahn 6/11/2012 2:30 pm

Programs in their first season under a new coach often go through an adjustment period. Schemes change. Personalities clash. ASU’s Gus Malzahn and Arkansas’ John L. Smith should be just fine, per Steve Greenberg of the Sporting News.

As Jeff Long Looks For Razorback Coach, Let's Look At Most Recent SEC Football Hires

by Chris Bahn 4/16/2012 10:30 am

Arkansas appeared to have one of the more stable coaching situations in the SEC entering April. Now, thanks to Bobby Petrino’s wild ride, the Razorbacks find themselves with a rare spring coaching opening. While it’s hard to make a true comparison between the UA’s situation and those of other SEC schools – for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the timing of the Razorbacks’ opening — let’s look at what other athletic directors have done when filling the past five openings:

Jim's Notebook: Malzahn, Red Wolves Take Show to YouTube

by Jim Harris 4/10/2012 3:15 pm

New Arkansas State football coach Gus Malzahn and returning senior quarterback Ryan Aplin made the media rounds in Little Rock on Tuesday, ostensibly to promote Saturday's Red-Black Game in Jonesboro but to also talk about the overall program now that it's under Malzahn's direction. Accompanying them was a videographer, Nathan Brooks. ASU is taking fans inside the Malzahn program through a YouTube-based video series entitled "Red Wolves Revival."

Malzahn Says Pace 'Not Even Close' In First Spring Practice With Red Wolves

by Chris Bahn 3/14/2012 3:00 pm

Arkansas State players thought they knew what an up-tempo practice was. Then they went through their first spring football practice with Coach Gus Malzahn.