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SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Alabama-LSU Showdown Highlights Weekend; East Is A Jumble

by Jim Harris 10/31/2012 3:24 pm

Last year, it appeared the whole world was watching (except for the fans focused on Arkansas and South Carolina) when No. 2 Alabama played host to No. 1 LSU in Tuscaloosa in week 10 of the Southeastern Conference season. Neither team managed a touchdown, but LSU managed to escape with a 9-6 overtime victor, only to lose the 1 vs. 2 rematch in the BCS Championship Game 21-0 in January in New Orleans. Though 'Bama is No. 1 and LSU is in the top 5, this Saturday night's matchup in Baton Rouge doesn't seem to be generating the incredible buzz of the last regular-season game — to be sure, even Ali-Frazier III didn't have the same impact worldwide that Ali-Frazier I did 40-something years ago — it's still THE game of the day in college football. So important is it to CBS this time that the network made sure no other SEC game would be played at night. Instead fans have the unusual scheduling of six SEC games kicking off before noon.

SEC Notebook/Power Poll: Arkansas, Kentucky Feeling Injury Crunch; Gamecocks Make Big Move

by Jim Harris 10/10/2012 1:32 pm

The hits just keep on coming for Arkansas' defense, and Kentucky's not feeling too well either. On Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference, Arkansas Coach John L. Smith revealed that end Tenarius Wright had chosen to get his shoulder "fixed" now after an MRI on Monday revealed damage requiring surgery. So Wright, who redshirted as a freshman and is a fifth-year senior, is done as a Razorback. Meanwhile, Kentucky is down to a fourth-string freshman quarterback and may be missing three quarters of its starting secondary.

Saturday Roulette: It’s Okay To Be More Interested In Other Games This Week, Razorback Fans

by Doc Harper 10/5/2012 9:30 am

Remember the scene in The Godfather when Michael tells Vito, “We’ll get there, Pop. We’ll get there.” Only they never really get there because [SPOILER ALERT] Vito dies right after that and Michael only sinks deeper into the Mafia culture. Razorback football reminds me of that scene. Unless “getting there” refers to basketball season, in which case, count us in.

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:

SEC Notebook: Struggling Frazier Not Running As Much For Auburn; Alabama, Georgia Top Power Poll

by Jim Harris 10/3/2012 1:00 pm

Moving from a special-situation quarterback in Gus Malzahn's offense as a freshman to the starting quarterback in new Auburn coordinator Scot Loeffler's attack has proven to be a difficult transition for Shiloh Christian product Kiehl Frazier. As a freshman, Frazier backed up Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley, who were given more leeway in the passing game while Frazier was better suited for the zone-read running plays. He played in all 13 Tiger games, including a Chick-fil-A bowl victory over Virginia, and accumulated 343 rushing yards on 76 attempts (4.3 per carry). He lost only 16 yards all season. In 2012, Frazier has just 16 net yards rushing on 31 attempts.

SEC Notebook: A&M Quarterback Manziel 'Jumps Out' At Hog Coach; Little Shuffling In Power Poll

by Jim Harris 9/26/2012 1:57 pm

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith said Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference that while Texas A&M looks formidable in the offensive and defensive lines and possess a great punt returner, "what jumps out" in watching A&M game film is quarterback Johnny Manziel. A&M Coach Kevin Sumlin said that Manziel only has a portion of the offensive package as they ease the redshirt freshman along.

SEC: Awesome Or Awful?

by David Brandt, The Associated Press 9/21/2012 1:11 pm

The mighty Southeastern Conference has six schools in the Top 25, with Alabama and LSU atop the rankings and the toast of college football once again. An impressive eight SEC teams have managed to break into the Top 25. But while it seems everyone in the SEC is enjoying success, that's not the case. The bottom half of the league has had some downright embarrassing moments.

Saturday Roulette: So You're Telling Arkansas There's A Chance? Vegas Adjusts BCS Odds

by Doc Harper 9/21/2012 9:00 am

Good news, fantasy, and not-so-fantasy gamblers! You can still bet on Arkansas to win the national title this season and you get 500/1 odds! [cue the Dumb and Dumber fans] That’s the very definition of low-risk/high-reward. Lay down $10, and with a historical number of upsets, you could win $5,000. If Arkansas loses a few more games, we might get to that magical 10,000/1 odds line. As the character Kevin from The Office once memorably stated, “When you get 10,000/1 odds on anything, you take it.” (By the way, this is not our advice and we don’t recommend it. Kevin’s character is quite dumb. But it is fun to say.)

SEC Notebook: Razorbacks Bottom Out In Power Poll; 'Fingers Crossed' For Tyler Wilson

by Jim Harris 9/19/2012 1:39 pm

This week in the Notebook, we look at Florida's turnaround under Will Muschamp, as the Gators have a leg up on the rest of the SEC East with two road victories. Also, Coach John L. Smith addressed some of the Razorbacks' struggles and changes this week. We look at some of the top performances from last Saturday and revise the power poll, sending Arkansas plummeting after the embarrassing loss at home to Alabama. (Truthfully, we could probably have a "With Tyler Wilson Poll" and a "Without Tyler Wilson Poll"; the Hogs need the senior quarterback this week against Rutgers, as Smith told the league's media on Wednesday.)

Jim Harris' SEC Notebook: Spurrier, Saban Wowed By Petrino's Offensive Legacy; Hogs Tumble In Power Poll

by Jim Harris 9/12/2012 1:24 pm

This week in the Notebook, we look at Steve Spurrier's and Nick Saban's admiration for the Bobby Petrino system, the winning performance of Tyler Russell in Mississippi State's big win over Auburn, other top efforts last week, and the ups and downs of the league teams in the Weekly Power Poll. Also, while Arkansas-Alabama is the CBS game of the week, Saturday's marquee game is a more familiar SEC clash that finally has some national importance again.

Bahn: Q&A With New Razorback Foundation Executive Director Chris Wyrick

by Chris Bahn 9/4/2012 3:30 pm

Chris Bahn caught up with new Razorback Foundation Executive Director Chris Wyrick on Tuesday for a Q&A. Wyrick outlined his plans for the Razorback Foundation and how he envisions the private, fund-raising arm working more closely with the athletic department in the future. No, Chris didn't ask why you have such a lousy parking space ...


by Tre Baker 9/4/2012 8:39 am

Vandy coach gets a conference call after some bad officiating.

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.

Bahn: Commodores' James Franklin Changing Perception of Vanderbilt Brand In Short Time

by Chris Bahn 7/17/2012 5:15 pm

Should your program be looking for a head coach at the end of 2012 (or perhaps you’re in the middle of a nine-month coaching search) there are worse places to look than Nashville. Assuming the Commodores are competitive again this season, James Franklin will likely be on speed dial for a lot of ADs. Franklin seems especially adept at selling places that have typically had a difficult time attracting quality players. He’s worked wonders on the recruiting trail at a place that he is quick to admit is a long way not just from Alabama and LSU, but Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

SEC Media Days Notebook: Spurrier Notes That Arkansas Has 'Kicked Our Tails'

by Jim Harris 7/17/2012 3:33 pm

It appears so obvious with a glance at South Carolina's 2012 football schedule: Arkansas, which has hammered the Gamecocks in back-to-back seasons and helped cost the 'Cocks the SEC East title and a spot in Atlanta, is preceded by an open date and followed, not by Florida anymore, but by a nonconference matchup with Wofford. It seems that Steve Spurrier would really like all attention on Arkansas when his Gamecocks play host to the Hogs on Nov. 10. But Tuesday, with a great quip to the roomful of writers in the Wynfrey Hotel ballroom, Spurrier scuttled any notion that he designed a schedule with an extra focus on beating Arkansas. "You think I make the schedule?" he asked with a big grin. "If I made the schedule, Georgia would be playing LSU and we'd be playing Ole Miss."

SEC Preview: LSU Is Quarterback Away From BCS Title

by Jim Harris 7/16/2012 12:00 am

Alabama may take a year, though, to come down from the high of last year’s national championship, just as the Crimson Tide had to get its bearings in 2010 and lost three games. If that happens, LSU will pick up right where it left off and win a second-consecutive SEC championship. No doubt the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the national title game, when the Tigers went in ranked No. 1, left a stinger with the “Honey Badger,” Tyrann Mathieu, and the other returning LSU stars.

Doc Harper: 5 College Football Coaches Arkansas Fans May Keep An Eye On In 2012

by Doc Harper 7/12/2012 10:45 am

No matter what happens on the field this fall, a constant subplot throughout the Razorbacks’ football season will be the ongoing coaching search. As is the norm for college football, there are already a few coaches frequently mentioned to be first in line on the coaching carousel in a few months.

Basketball Season Ends For Razorbacks

by Chris Bahn 3/11/2012 9:36 pm

Arkansas basketball can now turn its attention to the offseason. For a fourth consecutive year the Razorbacks did not make the postseason. Arkansas (18-14) was not among the teams selected Sunday for the NCAA, NIT or CBI fields.

Bahn: Razorbacks Lost Games Late, But Anderson Didn't Lose The Team

by Chris Bahn 3/9/2012 3:47 pm

We all saw the lack of victories over the final month of the season. That’s indisputable. Forever we’ll be able to pull out an Arkansas media guide and see that a team that started 16-6 ended up 18-14 with a first-round loss in the SEC Tournament. You saw it. I saw it. Coach Mike Anderson saw it. What we didn’t see, though, was a team that quit on its coach. How quickly people seem to have forgotten what that actually looks like.

Doc Harper: SEC Would Hold Itself Back By Keeping 8-Game League Schedule

by Doc Harper 3/2/2012 11:00 am

The SEC stressed that when the 2012 football schedule was released that itwas not a permanent setup. The reason is because there is a really big problem with it. Under the 6-1-1 setup, Arkansas, for example, would only get visits from each school in the East, other than South Carolina, once every 12 years. And Athens, Ga., really should be visited more than once a decade.