Didn’t see this one coming.
Bielema’s got a good track record – three 11-win seasons and a bunch of Rose Bowl trips. Good pick up for Arky.
I like the hire for a couple of reasons. One, it’s a nice knee to the balls of Jim Delany (you know Slive is smirking as you read this). Second, this was one of my favorite dick moves of the past decade. Nothing wrong with making JoePa apoplectic during a game.
Hope somebody gives him the low down on cell phone usage, though.
Of course, bankruptcy court ain’t exactly like the coin toss.
Chris Gragg believes.
“We still feel like we’re a top 10 team,” Gragg said. “We have one blemish on our record, but we’re 0-0 in the SEC and we know that this is a big game. Like it always is every year I’ve been here, it has a lot of implications on what happens in the SEC.”
If the Hogs are still a top-10 team, what does that make UL-M? According to Barnhart, richer:
Last week was a good one for Louisiana-Monroe (the alma mater of Timmy Brando) of the Sun Belt Conference. The Warhawks picked up a cool $950,000 to play Arkansas in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. But under the unique terms of the agreement ULM got to count it as a home game, boosting its overall attendance and thus helping the school maintain its requirements to remain the Football Bowl Subdivision. Then ULM had the temerity to beat No. 10 Arkansas in overtime, the biggest upset of this young season. It was the first win ever by the Sun Belt Conference over a top-10 team. They’ve even got the T-shirts: “The Shock in Little Rock.”
Well, if you think last week was good, what if ULM goes to Auburn on Saturday and wins? With QB Kolton Browning (42 of 67, 412 yards vs. Arkansas) the Warhawks certainly have a shot against Auburn (0-2), which is last in total defense in the SEC. And for those of you keeping score at home, ULM will be paid $1,050,000 for the visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
If UL-M wins this week, I may add the Warhawks to my SEC Power Poll ballot.
There’s a wee Irish tinge to the offerings today.
- The Dawgs enjoyed a good bit of success running out of four-wide sets against Missouri. (In fact, I think the TD pass to King came out of a five-wide, empty backfield set.) Will the offensive line be strong enough for Georgia to keep on doing that?
- If you believe that the biggest difference between the SEC and the rest of college football is the quality of the defensive linemen, then this story will make complete sense to you.
- Mars needs women, but colleges need men. Football, testosterone and Stanford.
- Tyler Wilson looks like he may be ready to show up for Alabama. The question is whether his offensive line will do the same.
- Mark Richt has lost control of LSU’s academics.
- Notre Dame’s move to the ACC – and the news that it will schedule five games a year with that conference’s members – means it’s got some scrambling to do on the scheduling front.
- Jim Delany whistles in the dark about the move, even though it’s likely to impact teams in his conference fairly significantly. (And even though Delany wanted the Irish for the Big Ten.)
- And Ivan Maisel thinks the move signals the death knell of Notre Dame’s independence.
- ACC votes to bump exit fee to a whopping $50 million immediately; FSU voices displeasure after voting against the change.
A few tempting morsels set out in the buffet line for you this morning:
- We all know the hundred-dollar handshake has long been a part of doing bidness, but you don’t often hear of it spoken about publicly.
- Steve Spurrier goes for his 200th collegiate coaching win this Saturday. As he’s 45-0 against non-BCS opponents, he won’t break a sweat getting it.
- “I hope you budgeted extra money for defending (NCAA) violations.” You get one guess whom that quote is about.
- Uncle Verne offers a few thoughts about the early SEC season here.
- For some inexplicable reason, Jeff Long thinks a “Red Out” for Arkansas’ game against Alabama is a good idea. Go figure.
- Bruce Feldman’s ten most surprising stats of the early season has some good information. The UCLA numbers are eye-popping.
- Georgia-Missouri was a big hit, TV-wise.
- This is non-football related and definitely NSFW, but it’s the funniest thing I’ve come across on the intertubes in the last week.
Look at the bright side, Arkansas – at least today somebody thinks beating you is t-shirt worthy.
You might want to hope that sentiment holds up at the end of the year.
Excuse me if I find myself a little amused by Chris Low’s discovery that maybe Arkansas wasn’t the juggernaut the press held it up to be at the season’s start.
And while we’re at it, does he not absorb some of the blame for how bad the defense has been? I’ve never been one to evaluate somebody based on two or three games, but Petrino is the one who hired Haynes.
Also, what about some of the Hogs’ personnel shortcomings, particularly at linebacker and in the secondary? These last few recruiting classes were all headed up by Petrino.
As much as Petrino did in elevating the program, the one area where he was just OK was bringing in premium talent. The recruiting game is never an exact science, and recruiting rankings are often times a farce.
But it is fair to say that Petrino lost more battles than he won on the recruiting trail against people he had to beat on the field, although recruiting in Arkansas is significantly more challenging than recruiting in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Alabama.
As good as Petrino was at developing players and calling plays, the SEC will always be about stockpiling talent.
Now he tells us. How come nobody bothered to point that out before the season started?
College football nourishment to start your week.
- Reading between the lines, it seems that CBS is less enthused about the SEC’s new TV deals than Mike Slive is.
- Never give up, Mark Bradley. Never.
- Good on ‘ya, Troy Calhoun. Every coach voting should be doing that.
- No, this isn’t the header for a Bleacher Report post. But it feels like one.
- Some Georgia fans are worried that Missouri fans may be too nice for the SEC.
- The Big Ten’s bad week is summarized here.
- Arkansas fans know whom to blame for the disastrous loss to UL-M.
- A study suggests that any school that sees a jump of five wins or more in a season from its football program reaps big gains in donations and the quality of incoming students.
- Noted truth teller Chuck Oliver suggests that the Auburn coaches have settled on a strategy of letting Kiehl Frazier take his lumps in hopes of getting better. Occam’s Razor suggests that Clint Moseley’s shoulder problems are very, very severe.
- More touchback percentage data.
- Erk Russell to the big screen. I wonder how they tell the part about Georgia screwing up his hire after Dooley resigned.
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This story trips my bullshit detector.
The Arkansas safety was accustomed to serving as a defense in name only during the skeleton scrimmage portion of practice, a time when the offense had its way under former coach Bobby Petrino.
Then one night during an early August practice, Rasner’s instincts took over and he knocked the ball away from a receiver. Afterward, he paused and waited for criticism he said he had become used to in his three seasons under Petrino.
All he heard were cheers.
Is Petrino an offensive-minded coach. Yeah. Was he more focused on that side of the ball in practice? No doubt. Were there exercises in practice to work on timing and patterns that didn’t require disruption by defensive players? I’m sure there were. Was there constant criticism of defensive players for playing defense? Schwiingg! There goes the bullshit-o-meter.
But, hey, if that’s what he wants to believe, so be it. All I know is that Petrino must have done something right. And if the Hogs want to depart from that…
“The defensive guys aren’t afraid to make plays out there, where in the past you might lay off a receiver and not break up a pass because …” Rasner said, trailing off. “We were an offensive-minded team, there’s no doubt about that, but with coach Smith coming in … he’s a defensive coach, so there’s a definite change already.”
There’s a legitimate argument to be made that Arkansas will deploy the best running back and the best quarterback in the SEC this year. That’s a formidable combination. So why is there less buzz about the Hogs going into the 2012 season?
I’ll let Paul Myerberg explain.
It all comes down to coaching. Arkansas was never going to beat Alabama and L.S.U. with talent against talent – while the Razorbacks recruit well, the team’s overall talent level alone will never be enough to claim an SEC West title. It’s all about coaching; it’s about schematics, blueprints, game plans and adjustments, and it’s in these areas that Arkansas will take the steepest dive without Petrino running the show. He was the reason why Arkansas was viewed as a national title contender prior to April: Petrino was such a good pregame and in-game coach that it seemed logical that he’d eventually dream up a plan for beating Alabama and L.S.U., even if the Razorbacks were steamrolled by this pair a season ago. With Petrino gone, I can’t think of any reason why Arkansas should remain among those teams in the national title conversation.
I keep saying it – there’s a reason a guy with the personal baggage Bobby Petrino totes around keeps getting plum coaching jobs (and don’t think he won’t have a new one within two or three seasons, tops). The man can coach. There’s also a reason John L. Smith was going to be coaching at Weber State until Petrino took that fateful motorcycle trip. It’s not the same reason.