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Former Arkansas offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola and coach Bret Bielema celebrate.

Rough weekend for ex-Razorbacks, but at least football is on the way

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Tretola shot on Dickson street

Former Arkansas offensive guard Sebastian Tretola was a fan favorite. His personality was infectious. So, it was jarring for a lot of folks Sunday afternoon when they heard Tretola was reportedly shot while spending some free time in Fayetteville.

Details are limited, but multiple outlets are reporting that Tretola was hit in the leg with the gunshot. Expect more information on the story in the coming days and weeks, including possibly the assailant and anyone else involved.

Former Hogs player Ronnie Brewer arrested

Tretola was not the only former Arkansas athlete involved in bad goings-on over the weekend.

Fayetteville native and ex-Razorbacks basketball Ronnie Brewer Jr. was arrested late Saturday for driving while intoxicated. He was booked early Sunday morning, released about 90 minutes later and will have his next court appearance in August.

Brewer was previously arrested for driving under the influence back in 2014 when he was in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

Now for some good news

Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema and some of his assistants will meet with the media Monday just before tee time at the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Club golf tournament in Rogers.

The tournament is the unofficial start to football season as it’s always around this time. The Razorbacks begin fall practice later this week — Thursday — and open their season in little more than a month against Florida A&M in Little Rock.

The 2016 Class is so far, so good …

Our Trent Shadid continues his look at Arkansas recruiting classes under Bielema and by now he’s proceeded to the most recent one. The most recent one that’s played, anyway. The 2016 crew is off to a good start, too, Shadid writes.

… while the 2018 group is becoming deeper

A big part of the 2016 class’ success hinges on McTelvin Agim, an in-state product and the highest rated of the bunch. The 2018 Class received its own commitment from an in-state player over the weekend.

Pulaski Academy’s Luke Jones, a 3-star offensive lineman, stated his intention to play for Bielema and the Razorbacks. Jones is the 10th commitment, second offensive lineman, of the class.

Print these off and carry them around

SEC Country’s fall camp primer series continued through the weekend with looks at the offensive line and tight ends. Jason Kersey and I are going through each unit, writing player summaries and posting quotes from their position coaches from earlier this summer. It’s a perfect way to prep for the start of camp this week.

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