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Pardon my incredulity. I must think you have some, too, though.
FoxSports’ Colin Cowherd said on his radio show Tuesday had Bobby Petrino not been hired to be the coach at Arkansas, the choice would have been — gulp — Lane Kiffin.
This is what Cowherd had to say on the show after relaying a bit of the back story of Petrino with the Atlanta Falcons…
“And so Bobby Petrino said, ‘This is not going to work. You hired me for Michael Vick.’ If you watch what he’s doing now in college [with Louisville QB Lamar Jackson], that’s what they hired him to do with Michael Vick. And so all of a sudden, his agent said, ‘Arkansas will hire you, but you have to make a decision, now.’ And he’s like, ‘What do you mean now?’ And they said 24 hours. Make a decision.”
“If not, they’re going to hire Lane Kiffin, who was at Oakland with the Raiders, because Lane hated Al Davis and wanted out,” Cowherd said. “And Arkansas liked him. Tennessee eventually hired him, but Arkansas wanted to hire Lane Kiffin. And Bobby Petrino said, ‘This thing’s a disaster. I’ve got Joey Harrington, and I’m trying to create Michael Vick’s system, and Michael’s in prison.’ So he bailed on it.”
It’s not out of the realm of possibility. I’m not even saying I don’t believe it. But, whew, that just doesn’t seem like the sort of hire that would have been made around that time. Kiffin was just coming off a 4-12 season in the NFL with Oakland. The name was sexy and would have fit. It just doesn’t jibe.
Who knows, though. But, man, can you imagine? Swap out all the good and bad from the Petrino era and replace it with something similar to what Kiffin ended up doing at Tennessee.
Yikes. Is that a trade you’d make in retrospect?
Yep. They’re still cool. Reminds me of childhood when lots of teams used them. Actually, not sure all that many teams used them, but fewer teams played on national television in the 1980s and early ’90s when I was a pup, so they just feel old-school awesome to me.
Bret Bielema uses them for Arkansas. I couldn’t immediately find specifically what the criteria is, but count on it being something asked to him next time he is available, assuming, of course, it’s a limited-stress environment.
— Bret Bielema (@BretBielema) September 20, 2016
The legend is back
No one has been covering the Razorbacks longer than Mike Irwin. He’s an icon around these parts having been around more than 40 years. Irwin has been dealing with some personal health issues and hasn’t been around the last several weeks.
Irwin was back at the desk Tuesday night for KNWA’s Razorback Nation.
— Alyssa Orange (@AlyssaOrange) September 20, 2016
Personally, I’m a fan of Irwin on the radio. He’s completely out of —– to give. Some broadcast personalities, especially in sports, fake it. Mike does not. The straightest of straight shooters. So sign me up for this later Wednesday.
Looking forward to having you back tomorrow Mike! https://t.co/eii5nMHPew
— John Nabors (@TheForumJohn) September 20, 2016
Plus it will be good to have him back at media availabilities if for no other reason than the stories (I can’t repeat) while we stand around waiting on players and coaches.
- Kevin Sumlin thought Bret Bielema might punch him after last season’s Texas A&M-Arkansas game, writes our Matt Jennings.
- The Associated Press’ Ralph Russo talked to Bielema about the epidemic of players dropping the ball before reaching the end zone. Bielema is going to show the Razorbacks some footage of the incidents this week ahead of the Aggies.
- Former Arkansas track star Tyson Gay, who owns the second fastest 100-meter dash time in history, is going to try bobsledding, writes Tim Reynolds at AP. That isn’t a joke. Check it out.
- Tuesday would have been Brandon Burlsworth’s 40th birthday. The former Arkansas offensive lineman died in a car crash 11 days after being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts. A feature film, “Greater,” was released this summer, telling his story from walk-on to icon.
Today as we remember Brandon’s 40th birthday, we celebrate the 1000s of kids who have been impacted thru his legacy. pic.twitter.com/Sc8zaOdyNP
— Burlsworth Fdn (@Burlsworth_Fdn) September 20, 2016
A couple of public opportunities to hear from Arkansas athletics administration, players and coaches this week. No media lens.
— NWA Touchdown Club (@NWA_TD_Club) September 20, 2016
Plus, on Thursday, during “On the Air with Bret Bielema,” the coach will be joined by defensive linemen Deatrich Wise Jr. and Taiwan Johnson, two seniors on arguably one of the top three defensive lines in the SEC.
People are starting to get on board with the Arkansas soccer team. Not just locally. A pair of wins over top-5 teams in the nation (Duke and Florida) and the best start in school history (9-1) have lots taking notice. The Hogs jumped up the national rankings.
— Razorback Soccer (@RazorbackSoccer) September 20, 2016
- Arkansas basketball added more TV games to its schedule, tacking on an additional four from its nonconference slate and bringing the total to 24 televised games. Added were Houston (December 6), North Florida (December 10), North Dakota State (December 20) and Oklahoma State (January 28).
- The women’s basketball team had its SEC scheduled announced, too, on Tuesday. Arkansas, which returns nine players from last year, will have nine its games on TV.
- Both men’s and women’s cross country earned a pair of award-winners over the weekend. Junior Alex George was named SEC Runner of the Week after he won the Battle in Beantown and freshman Taylor Werner was SEC Freshman Runner of the Week after winning the Riverside 5K. Both teams’ next race October 1 at Agri Park at home.
- Arkansas volleyball is struggling. The team fell to 2-10 upon losing its nonconference finale.
FINAL | Oral Roberts 3, #ARKVB 0
— Razorback Volleyball (@RazorbackVB) September 21, 2016
Yee-Haw! Today in Arkansas
Kids sometimes make mistakes. I remember a time with when I was a child when, ahem, a guy I knew, about seven, was caught stealing candy from a local convenience store. Most times when these things happen, the little tyke learns his or her lesson.
This guy here, he didn’t, per the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Thirty-three years old and you’re jacking a bag of gummy bears valued at $10. Now you face a $2,500 bond. Listen, lots of us love gummy bears. It’s just we aren’t shoving bags of them down the front of our drawers and trying to walk out of a Walmart.