FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Longtime Arkansas coach and athletic director Frank Broyles was the titan of Razorbacks athletics and arguably one of the most famous names in the state’s history. In the first episode of the “Sound Off” video series, SEC Country beat writers Eric Bolin and Trent Shadid pay tribute to the legend.
We will also discuss the progress of the Razorbacks football team, with the Aug. 31 season opener against Florida A&M in Little Rock only two weeks away.
Feel free to skip around in the video above to whatever topics interest you the most … though we know the most diehard Razorbacks fans will watch the whole thing. Here are a handful of time stamps to guide you.
- Start: Broyles’ legacy is not just Arkansas. He was known throughout the country for more than just football and more than just the Razorbacks. Even our Oklahoma-born reporters knew his name growing up.
- 1:15 – Arkansas wouldn’t be in the SEC without Broyles. Imagine the Razorbacks stuck in the Southwest Conference until its demise. Arkansas would be in the Big 12 right now — the conference everyone wants to leave — if it weren’t for him.
- 2:45 – In our mind, Broyles is undoubtedly one of the top 25 coaches in college football history — and at least two others are Broyles disciples.
- 4:30 – The Broyles Award, given every year to the nation’s best college football assistant coach, will keep Broyles name known for years to come.
- 7:30 – Moving the discussion to the 2017 season, Arkansas’ corps of wide receivers has almost no experience while Jared Cornelius is out with a tweaked back. We break down the depth chart and offer a prospectus on the wideouts and tight ends.