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Jim Harris: Wilson, Arkansas Leave Too Many Points On Field In Loss To Ole Miss

by Jim Harris 10/27/2012 5:59 pm

For yet another Ole Miss game at War Memorial Stadium, Arkansas was left mulling the “ifs.” It wasn’t as heartbreaking as the famed 1960 game decided on an official’s questionable call on a field goal. And it wasn’t as bad as the 1990 game here, where the Hogs outgained the Rebels 3 to 1 and still lost 21-17, denied at the goal line on the game’s final play. But it was close. This one also came down to the game’s final play, a 31-yard Bryson Rose field goal for a 30-27 Ole Miss win. The Razorbacks were left lamenting how many scoring opportunities were wasted by poor execution.

Jim Harris: Wilson, Arkansas Leave Too Many Points On Field In Loss To Ole Miss

by Jim Harris 10/27/2012 5:59 pm

For yet another Ole Miss game at War Memorial Stadium, Arkansas was left mulling the “ifs.” It wasn’t as heartbreaking as the famed 1960 game decided on an official’s questionable call on a field goal. And it wasn’t bad as the 1990 game here, where the Hogs outgained the Rebels 3-to-1 and still lost 21-17, denied at the goal line on the game’s final play. But it was close. This one also came down to the game’s final play, a 31-yard Bryson Rose field goal for a 30-27 win. The Razorbacks were left lamenting how many scoring opportunities were wasted by poor execution.

Jim Harris: Wilson, Arkansas Leave Too Many Points On Field In Loss To Ole Miss

by Jim Harris 10/27/2012 5:59 pm

For yet another Ole Miss game at War Memorial Stadium, Arkansas was left mulling the “ifs.” It wasn’t as heartbreaking as the famed 1960 game decided on an official’s questionable call on a field goal. And it wasn’t bad as the 1990 game here, where the Hogs outgained the Rebels 3-to-1 and still lost 21-17, denied at the goal line on the game’s final play. But it was close. This one also came down to the game’s final play, a 31-yard Bryson Rose field goal for a 30-27 win. The Razorbacks were left lamenting how many scoring opportunities were wasted by poor execution.

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.

Doc Harper: What Jeff Long Wishes He Could Say Regarding Razorback Season, Search

by Doc Harper 10/22/2012 9:00 am

Jeff Long gave standard non-answer answers as much as possible when he visited the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Oct. 15. It’s a skill he prides himself on. But as we all know, often times when we are posed with questions, there are the answers we give, and the answers that stay inside our heads. Here's what we’re guessing Long was probably thinking when asked these questions last week. Think of this as Jeff Long if he had Charles Barkley's candor.

3-and-Out: Razorback Staff Hits The Road Recruiting, Team Keeps Focus Inward

by Chris Bahn 10/19/2012 7:34 am

This is far from a typical year for Arkansas, but coaches are treating the bye week like they would under normal circumstances. Razorbacks staff members are out recruiting this weekend. None are guaranteed employment beyond their current contracts, which run out after the bowl season. Still, they’re out in the field recruiting.

Second Hearing Set In John L. Smith Bankruptcy

by The Associated Press 10/18/2012 9:20 am

A new hearing has been set for next month in Arkansas football coach John L. Smith's $40.7 million bankruptcy filing. The Nov. 14 hearing is to discuss a request by bankruptcy trustee John Lee to add special legal counsel.

3-And-Out: Hit That Left Mitchel Sidelined 'Shocking,' Confidence Rising For Defense

by Chris Bahn 10/18/2012 8:56 am

Tevin Mitchel doesn’t remember much about the hit that knocked him out of the Louisiana-Monroe game in Week 2 or the aftermath of it. But he’s seen video of the collision and it makes him even more thankful to be back on the field.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: South Carolina Finishes Murderers' Row At Florida; A&M LSU Tries To Contain Manziel

by Jim Harris 10/17/2012 2:05 pm

Saturday's game in Gainesville, Fla., won't decide the SEC East Division champion, but it will narrow the field to two. South Carolina meets Florida, and both teams have enough schedule left that the winner can't start planning for Atlanta in early December. However, if Florida wins, South Carolina's chances to win the East are nearly done while the Gators will only have to take care of Georgia in the teams' annual "Cocktail Party" in Jacksonville on Oct. 27 to reach the SEC Championship Game. Meanwhile, LSU faces a crucial test in College Station, Texas, on Saturday morning to assure that its Alabama game on Nov. 3 will be meaningful. Don't look now, but the two West teams in maroon — Texas A&M and Mississippi State — could be Alabama's competition for the West crown.

Pressbox Roundtable: Hogs' Recent Surge, 'Fall Break' Grades, Malzahn's Job And Heisman Hopefuls With Paul Finebaum

by Jim Harris 10/16/2012 1:00 pm

It may be an off week for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but not for the Pressbox Roundtable crew. This week we welcome as our national guest the famed Birmingham-based columnist and radio host Paul Finebaum, whose syndicated radio show is heard on Sirius/XM satellite radio weekdays from 2-6 p.m. Finebaum joins our panel of usual suspects: KTHV, Channel 11, sports anchor Mark Edwards, ArkansasExpats.com editor and regular ArkansasSports360.com contributor Doc Harper, the KABZ-FM 103.7 The Buzz's Justin Acri and Jessica Duff to the table. ArkansasSports360.com editor Chris Bahn is on board again, and columnist Jim Harris moderates. Readers, join with the panel. Let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the feature.

Jeff Long: Deferred Payments To John L. Smith Done With 'Retirement' in Mind

by Chris Bahn 10/15/2012 4:02 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long said Monday that allowing Razorbacks football Coach John L. Smith to defer portions of his salary was done with the coach's retirement in mind and not as an attempt protect assets from creditors.

[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.

Video: 'Retirement' Arkansas' Motivation For Allowing Deferred Payments To John L. Smith

by Chris Bahn 10/15/2012 3:16 pm

Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long says that allowing Razorbacks football Coach John L. Smith to defer portions of his salary was done with the coach’s retirement in mind and not as an attempt to protect assets from creditors. Smith, who attended a bankruptcy hearing Friday, faces more than $40 million in liabilities.

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:

Doc Harper: Arkansas Beating Kentucky Wasn’t A Surprise, Dominating Was A Shock

by Doc Harper 10/15/2012 9:00 am

These last two Arkansas games were definitely an improvement over the games in September. Even though Auburn and Kentucky are not good teams, those victories shouldn’t be discounted because of the level of opposition. It’s clear the Razorbacks are better than they were and fans have reason to be optimistic as the season goes on.

Employment Contracts Protect the Promises

by Kate Knable 10/15/2012 12:00 am

The employment contracts of top executives across Arkansas specify performance-dependent bonuses, salaries and other benefits. Such legally binding contracts protect both employer and employee.

CORRECTED: Bobby Petrino's Exit Makes Mike Anderson Highest Paid State Employee

by Gwen Moritz 10/15/2012 12:00 am

The departure of Bobby Petrino as the University of Arkansas' head football coach means that the price tag on the highest-paid state employee has dropped by more than half.