FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — This is unlike other countdowns you have seen honoring Arkansas’ 25 seasons in the SEC.
These are memories. And we here at SEC Country wanted to reflect on the best — and worst — memories of the past 25 years.
This countdown is not of the best football moments. These aren’t simply the best games. This is built to bring back memories. It includes “where were you when…” snapshots and more broad tales of players, teams and seasons.
There have been highs — national championships and mega upsets — and lows, like motorcycles and, well, mega upsets. Coaches have come and gone. So have athletic directors. Cries of joy and cries of agony.
Yes, putting together the top 25 moments of Arkansas’ 25 seasons in the SEC was quite the task. There were far too many on the initial list. So we had to set some rules.
First, this is limited to the so-called “big three” sports. Apologies to every other sport — especially track and field — but at some point comparing moments across the spectrum becomes impossible. Is a national championship in track and field more significant than a College World Series appearance? And if so (or, if not), how do you determine that?
Second, the list isn’t simply based on significance. It’s a combination of mass, importance, spectacle and simple, raw human emotion. Input came from varying sources on how to rank these memories, too. Our say was the final one. But, accordingly, everyone will have different takes on such a list.
We just hope you enjoy ours.
25. The moment the Razorbacks hit rock bottom
A few months earlier in 2012, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino was caught in a compromising position after a motorcycle accident, lying, acts of infidelity and all measures of general human badness.
No one thought things would be as ugly on the football field for Arkansas the following season as they were off it a few months prior.
But in the second game of the season, Louisiana-Monroe visited Little Rock. About four hours after opening kickoff, the Warhawks left War Memorial Stadium with a 34-31 upset of the No. 8-ranked team in the country.