Northwest Arkansas is great place to live … and that doesn’t matter a lick for Hogs

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Thirty-four years old and I have lived, for longer than six months, in nine different cities in my life. Three in Oklahoma. Two in Arkansas. One in New York, Colorado, Connecticut and South Dakota. Not quite at the rate of a so-called Army brat, but not exactly slouching it, either.

Of those cities, my current one — Springdale, right next door to Fayetteville for you out-of-staters who may not know — is my second favorite (Sorry, NWA, but I lived in Denver — you ain’t beating that). When I was a high school junior, Fayetteville had an appeal. It was 45 minutes from my house; I was here every weekend already; dug the school. I knew it was a great place to live and, even at that age, raise a family. Heck, that’s why we moved back.

However, I didn’t go to the University of Arkansas despite being recruited there. More was on my mind than it being a great place to live. Ultimately, I chose the place that best fit my needs. This was despite growing up a Razorbacks fan, too.

See, high schoolers, they don’t care about things like that. Especially elite-level athletes. Sure, maybe a handful consider such things, but it’s just that. A handful. Facilities? Yawn. Everyone has the same facilities. Campus beauty? Please. Most universities look the exact same.

The only thing that matters, truly matters, is whether that place is a fit for their next career, hopefully. Can that university get that young man and woman to where they want to be in life? Not only can it, but is it the best possible place to get them where they want to be in life?

So, while it’s all well and good that Fayetteville is called the best place to live in the SEC and the University of Arkansas will do a press release on it every single tie such a distinction is mentioned, it means nada unless you’re out of school. Win games, instead. That’s the real way to gain some national respect.

OK, Arkansas basketball, now you definitely better win

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology update was released Monday. Arkansas didn’t move. Still a projected No. 10 seed. Lunardi has eight SEC teams making the NCAA Tournament. Well, if the season ended Tuesday, anyway.

Arkansas is eighth among those. Lunardi has Arkansas as his “Last Four Byes” team. Not a lot of breathing room.

Losing to a team whose coach just announced Monday he is stepping down at the end of the season probably won’t help that. Losing to a team tied for second to last in the SEC probably won’t help that. Ole Miss is down and almost out. Arkansas needs to take advantage, road game or not.

The Razorbacks and Rebels tip at 7 p.m. ET.

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Tweets and the like

• Daryl Macon has a fan for life after this.

• This seems like a wise-beyond-his-years young man.

• Twenty-five seconds of a human being in a mascot suit pretending to sweep. BASEBALL SEASON, FOLKS!

• He isn’t wrong. Laughable trend.

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