Bobby Petrino’s specter still lingers over Arkansas football five years later
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A day that will life in infamy … in Arkansas … among Razorbacks fans.
Monday, April 10 was the fifth anniversary of Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle wreck. The wreck that would crash Arkansas football.
Watching it unfold from Bristol, Conn., was an odd experience for me. My wife and I were actively trying to move back to northwest Arkansas. I knew a handful of Arkansas beat writers and TV folks as well. The department I was in at the Worldwide Leader in Sports tabbed me to scope things out. The whole thing was just strange. Hard to imagine what it must have been like up close.
Surreal, probably. The most stunning to me was, a few months later, after athletic director Jeff Long decided he had to get rid of Petrino, there were people angry with the decision. In some corners of the state, some still are.
It got me to wondering: Have most people cooled? Or is there still some animus there? Have a vote and let us know.
Every major college baseball poll in America comes out on Tuesday and the Diamond Hogs find themselves in good shape in all of them.
- Baseball America: 19th (seventh among SEC teams)
- Collegiate Baseball: 11th (third among SEC teams)
- D1Baseball.com: 15th (sixth among SEC teams)
- ESPN/USA Today: 15th (sixth among SEC teams)
For what it’s worth, I find Collegiate Baseball to be my personal favorite. The others seem to riff off each other a lot, although, perhaps that’s coincidental.
The LSU series loss over the weekend doesn’t appear to have hurt Dave Van Horn’s team in the least. Those Tigers, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi State are all in the top 25 in each poll as well. Vanderbilt makes an appearance in one, too.
Arkansas could do itself another favor this weekend as Georgia, one of the worst teams in our weekly SEC Baseball Power Poll, visits Fayetteville.
And the winner is …
The Arkansas basketball team held its annual postseason awards banquet on Monday night inside Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks gave out a total of 13 awards to seven different players.
Considering this was one of the most memorable Arkansas basketball seasons in recent years, it was deserved. You can find a complete list of which Hogs and former Hogs took home awards here.
But the most fun was the highlight video. Even I got a kick out of it. What a wild year.
- Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson is holding summer basketball camps. The camps are open to players from first through 12th grades. Dates range from June 11 to July 12. For more information, check here.
- Coaches at Arkansas, no matter the sport, often talk about building a fence around the border when it comes to recruiting. That may be extra important with the Natural State’s Class of 2019, writes our Trent Shadid.
- Bret Bielema and wide receivers coach Michael Smith are holding open auditions for the Razorbacks No. 2 wide receiver job. One guy both think has a good shot at it? Jordan Jones. The Smackover native can be a star, even, writes Shadid.
Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas
Perhaps you remember, back in school, when police officers would come and give tips on how to protect yourself from crime? One of those tips, I remember clearly, was not to say on your answering machine (remember those?) that you weren’t home. Just say, “Can’t come to the phone” or what have you.
Translate that to modern times and I’d bet a tip would be: “Don’t announce to Facebook you’re going on vacation,” lest ye be robbed. Of 45 pairs of Jordans.
A 22-year-old woman in Little Rock came back from vacation to find that many pairs of shoes and other goods were taken from her home while she was away. Police currently have few leads, per this story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.