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Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long is still Arkansas athletic director.

Unsurprisingly, Jeff Long still is Arkansas athletic director

Eric Bolin

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It was just a normal no-news Thursday in Fayetteville. Sort of.

Anxious and nervous bodies awaited word on the status of Arkansas athletic department officials after a university board of trustees meeting. Hours passed — beyond lunch, even — when it finally came out that the board would be taking no action regarding athletic director Jeff Long. This development, in turn, meant no action on football coach Bret Bielema.

None was expected. The only reason things became so anxious, for some, in the first place is because of a culture of FOMO, otherwise known as Fear Of Missing Out.

Never mind no evidence to suggest Long or Bielema would exit. Certainly, thousands of column inches have been written about why Long and/or Bielema could exit. Perhaps more still on why Long and/or Bielema should exit.

Nothing suggested, however, the move was coming Thursday. Nothing but personal desires, that is. Others covered it. We at SEC Country did not. Something that isn’t supposed to happen and then not happening … that is not a story.

Now, however, that the public appetite has been whet, now that hype has surrounded an event that may or may not come, now it becomes news. For better or worse. That’s where we are with journalism.

That’s where we are with Arkansas athletics.

Arkansas football needs help quickly

A lot of times teams that go heavy in the junior college and transfer market are teams rebuilding, teams with new coaches.

Count Arkansas among the former of those two qualifications, and, if loads of fans get their way, maybe even the latter.

Bielema and the Razorbacks will host a former Southern California (USC) defensive lineman next weekend against Mississippi State. Noah Jefferson is not at USC now, though. He is at Arizona Western, the same school current Hogs tight end Jeremy Patton represented in 2015-16. Jefferson played his freshman year with the Trojans. He’d be eligible at Arkansas next year with two years left.

Arkansas could use it. The Razorbacks have swung and missed on more than their fair share of recruits the last couple years, leaving depth as a serious issue.

No matter who the coach is — and it very well could be Bielema — in 2018, the team has lots of opportunities for playing time.

Arkansas basketball starts Friday night

Happy thoughts, Razorbacks fans. Football is winding down and basketball, which should be far better than the gridiron, is getting started.

Arkansas begins its 2017-18 season Friday night against Samford at Bud Walton Arena. It’s a 7 p.m. tip. I’ll see you there.

Mike Anderson’s bunch was picked sixth in the SEC. Some magazines had Arkansas as low as 10th. Some as high as fifth. Personally, I picked the Hogs seventh. Samford is expected to finish second in the Southern Conference. So, while some might not think the name is sexy, Samford is capable of leaving Fayetteville with a win.

Not predicting that, though. In fact, keep an eye on SEC Country Arkansas on Friday before the game. As I’ve been writing this daily column for more than a year now, most of you know football isn’t my bag. Baseball and basketball are where it’s at. So, take a peek Friday for my game-by-game predictions of the Hogs’ basketball season.

Diamond Hogs doing a sweet little promotion — get your season tickets for free

Real talk — even if I wasn’t covering Arkansas, I’d be a Diamond Hogs season-ticket holder. Nothing to do with my love for the Razorbacks (I’m ambivalent about them). More to do with my love of college baseball.

That being the case, if I were you, I’d give this promo a whirl.

Arkansas will give you season tickets if you can hit a home run out of Baum Stadium.

Yep. Just go yard and seats are gratis. Your opportunity to partake in this promotion is Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. out a Baum Stadium.

Pretty excellent deal if you ask me.

ICYMI

  • Two blowouts and a close game. That’s how the three of us here at SEC Country Arkansas see Hogs-Tigers playing out Saturday. Guess which one of us (Trent Shadid, John Nabors and I) have the close game? Bet it isn’t who you think.
  • Jimmy Carter over at WholeHogSports has 24 predictions about the 2017-18 Arkansas basketball season.
  • Arkansas football picked up a commitment in the 2018 class Wednesday. Shadid explores just how many spots the Hogs have left in that group.
  • Per usual, Clay Henry has 10 keys to victory for Arkansas on Saturday against LSU.
  • Former safety Ken Hamlin said the current Arkansas team lacks heart. Yikes.

Tweets and the like

• It was a paranoid Thursday in Razorbacks country.

• Cam Jefferson played one year of football at Arkansas and it was enough to get him to the NFL. Noah Jefferson could be a similar talent.

• Speaking of Arkansas basketball, that Jaylen Barford, he’s smart. #TeamRotel

Well, Bielema is half-right, anyway. Jokes, jokes. Trent asks the tough questions. We write the stories others will not. Been that way for me for four years on this beat. Been that way for Trent for his entire first-year tenure. We won’t stop.

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