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Arkansas baseball – finally – ready to roll at SEC Tournament

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Maybe.

Possibly.

We think.

The Arkansas baseball team appears to be ready to play its first game in the SEC Tournament on Thursday. In fact, for some of you, the game may be already going as you’re reading this.

The Razorbacks play Mississippi State today at 9:30 a.m. CT in the second round of the league’s postseason tourney. The game was originally supposed to be played at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night, but rain and lightning across central Alabama (the tournament is being played in Hoover) has led three different delays in two days. Everything was pushed back by a game a day.

Dave Van Horn and his crew spent their surprise off day Wednesday with a short practice at Samford University on the outskirts of Birmingham. The day began and the Razorbacks weren’t even sure what time they’d be playing. About the time practice finished was about the time the Bulldogs dispatched Georgia.

Now they get a chance to shine at the Hoover Met for the first time in two years.

Probably.

And the Oscar goes to…

Jake Reindl for his performance in the Arkansas bullpen!

OK, not really.

The sophomore right-hander sat down for a visit Wednesday from Birmingham, Alabama. His Razorbacks team was off for another day as weather pushed their second-round game in the SEC Tournament back from Wednesday night to Thursday morning. Reindl sat on the brick fence around Samford’s home stadium, watching his fellow pitchers goof around.

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Arkansas pitcher Jake Reindl (Courtesy Arkansas athletics)

“We do stuff like that,” Reindl said, pointing and chuckling. “Right-handers throwing left-handed curveballs.”

The conversation was informal. Fitting for a guy who prefers things that way. Reindl is an unassuming type whose father just happened to write the film “Greater,” a movie that is already in the “must-watch” category for Arkansas’ hardcore fans.

In reality, Reindl is a stud. He leads the SEC in earned run average during league play. He has the sixth-best batting average against. His bullpen work this year has helped Arkansas to a fourth-place regular-season finish in the conference. They are, likely, in line to host a Regional at Baum Stadium just a year after finishing dead last in the SEC.

Basketball Hogs pick up a commitment

Mike Anderson didn’t take long to replace Brachen Hazen’s scholarship, it appears.

Little Rock forward Gabriel Osabuohien committed on Wednesday to play for Razorbacks next season. He makes the fourth commit for the Class of 2017. All four are Arkansas products.

Osabuohien is a 6-foot-8, 219-pound combination forward from Southwest Christian. Originally from Toronto, Osabuohien has a similar build to fellow 2017 commit Darious Hall. Both are natural 3s, but could play the 4 in a system like Anderson’s. Mostly, they are high prospects because of the upside their length creates.

As of Wednesday night, Osabuohien had not yet signed.

Arkansas’ roster for the 2017-18 season, if Osabuohien does sign, would look like this:

  • 5 – Daniel Gafford
  • 4 – Trey Thompson, Dustin Thomas, Arlando Cook
  • 3 – Adrio Bailey, Hall, Osabuohien
  • 2 – Daryl Macon, CJ Jones, Khalil Garland
  • 1 – Jaylen Barford, Anton Beard

Long on Committee

Jeff Long’s sterling reputation has earned him another duty.

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Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is well thought of in collegiate sports circles (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Long was named to the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, it was announced on Wednesday. The Arkansas athletic director was nominated to serve by SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, who noted Long’s tenure as head of the inaugural college football playoff selection committee as quality previous work.

“Jeff demonstrated effective leadership as Chair of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee and his football knowledge and experience make him ideal for service on the Division I Football Oversight Committee,” Sankey said in a press release from the university.  “Jeff is a forward-thinking individual who will bring a balanced perspective to enhancing college football.”

Long’s current commitee is a 12-person team performs a number of duties, mostly as a think tank for FBS and FCS student-athlete experiences, postseason ideas and issues regarding safety of the sport.

We’ve said it before here and we’ll say it again: Long is a star in college athletics.

Apropos of nothing

Former Razorback.

Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas

Physicists, I need your help.

How about many pounds would $200 in coins weigh? It seems like a lot, regardless of what type of coin. All pennies. All quarters. Whatever. The poundage cannot be light.

A central Arkansas man was arrested earlier this week after trying to steal $200 in coins and two quilts from the home of a Jacksonville woman Tuesday. He was caught breaking into a window at the house by the lady’s backyard camera. Apparently, he had burglarized the house twice before this month, as well.

You know what they say. Third time is a charm.

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