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Smart money says bet against Arkansas (because, you know, it’s legal soon)

Eric Bolin

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Degenerates everywhere, rejoice!

Yes, that’s a joke. Calm down.

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to allow legal sports gambling Monday. Gambling on college sports has long been done, but it was considered a bit shadier than gambling on professional sports. Still, the acts had become so mainstream, though quieted — a kind of don’t-ask, don’t-tell policy or worst-kept-secret — people openly mused about it; almost always with the catch of it being, ahem, hypothetical.

Nice timing given the story Monday in which we talked about Arkansas football’s over/under for wins. Don’t have to be sly about it anymore. Keep your eye out for that number being set at six, too. And, it’s been written in this space before take the under on it. The math says that’s the best play, anyway.

The Supreme Court decision doesn’t mean gambling will be legal everywhere. Instead, it becomes a states’ rights issue. The State of Arkansas may or may not decide to make it legal here. Per this story, about 17 states, including others in the SEC, are moving quickly to make it legal. Makes sense. Legal means income through legal means. States are going to want their cut.

The players will see none of it. Call me when that’s fixed.

Arkansas softball gets great news

Courtney Deifel may be the best hire Arkansas athletics has made this century. The turnaround she has provided the softball team is incredible.

The year before Deifel arrived, Arkansas won just one SEC softball game. Her first year was the same: one SEC win. Then, last year, all of a sudden, the Razorbacks made the NCAA Tournament. A 7-17 record in league play wasn’t the stuff of legends, but considering the difficulty of the SEC — all 13 programs made the NCAA Tournament that year — it was enough.

This year Deifel led them a step further. Arkansas won 12 SEC games, finished the year ranked inside the top 20 and will host the Fayetteville Regional at Bogle Park this weekend.

From two SEC wins in two seasons just two years ago to hosting a regional. Unreal.

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ICYMI

  • To call it a bad weekend for Arkansas track and field would be an understatement. The No. 4-ranked team in the country — Arkansas’ women — finished in sixth in the SEC Championships. The men, ranked eighth in the nation, finished third.
  • Apologies: The SEC baseball standings page hadn’t updated Sunday when I wrote Arkansas had locked up a first-round bye for the SEC Tournament. The Diamond Hogs have not done that. They need one win at Georgia to hold off LSU and need to make sure South Carolina doesn’t win two more games than Arkansas. So, basically, as long as the Razorbacks win one in Athens, it’s going to happen.
  • Men’s golf is tied for second after one day at the Normal Regional. Two rounds remain.

Tweets and the like

This topic isn’t going away any time soon around Arkansas.

It’s a start, anyway. This thing will take some time, though.

Celebrate good times. C’mon. It’s a celebration.

Ryan Yurachek, son of Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek, is headed to the New Orleans Saints this camp season.

Some recruiting down in DFW on Monday for the Razorbacks.