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Hate to be that way about it, but it’s going to happen. Oh, sure, Arkansas and the player will amicably part ways. It will be like when a coach resigns, but everyone and their mother knows that coach was fired. Chad Morris, or someone on the Arkansas football staff, is going to have a conversation — or has already had a conversation — with a player suggesting, perhaps, it’s best if that player looks for other opportunities.
Think: What happened with Robb Smith when he left Arkansas as defensive coordinator a couple of years ago?
Morris and Co. simply have too many players. It seems like a good problem to have, and under normal circumstances, it is. But the Bret Bielema regime missed on so many players (note: many of whom it was not a bad recruitment, simply a player who did not pan out), the new staff has to — and this term is being used on purpose — cut dead weight.
Arkansas simply has too many players on its roster who will not have a real effect on wins and losses through the season. Morris won’t get rid of anyone’s scholarship, nor should he. That player earned it and college sports are not, in that sense, demerit-based. However, as said, it can be hinted at, if not outright stated.
“Listen, son, I love ya, but I have to be honest. You’re probably not going to get much time.”
It doesn’t have to happen with every player. It will happen with some. Expect some transfers to come to light in the next several weeks.
Arkansas’ NCAA Tournament chances high
My job is to write things about the University of Arkansas. Plain and simple. Anyone can tell the happy, easy stories. The ones that paint U of A in a negative light, lots of folks aren’t writing those. Such an approach has won me a certain bit of infamy among the fan base.
That’s wholly ironic considering when I write things like Mike Anderson being an excellent basketball coach and the Razorbacks are in cushy shape for the NCAA Tournament, some of those same people who despise me for the so-called negativity, then despise me for the opposite.
That means I’m doing my job well. It doesn’t matter if you like it. It’s living in reality. And the reality of the situation is, as of Thursday night, Anderson has Arkansas in a perfectly fine position for the NCAA Tournament. He need not be fired. Arkansas need not go in another direction.
It’s maddening that people suggest as much. The common refrain heard after publishing this piece, about Arkansas being an easy “in” for the NCAA Tournament was, “Not after they lose their next three games!”
Who has said otherwise? The piece paints a picture of the now, not of the future. You want future predictions? Read this one, instead, which, indeed, suggests Arkansas is going to have difficulty over the last three games of the year.
Or, you know what, just be angry instead. Your call.
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- Spring practice starts soon, but recruiting season never ends. Not really. Morris and his staff are set to host some players this weekend.
- And speaking of recruiting, what are the Hogs’ needs? They addressed a lot this past class, but don’t kid yourself, plenty more needs to be done.
- Morris will go on Day 2, July 17, at SEC Media Days this summer in Atlanta.
- Mike Neighbors had the opportunity to coach against his mentor Thursday night. Gary Blair’s Texas A&M team dismantled Neighbors’ Razorbacks 104-60. Blair is a former Arkansas coach and Neighbors’ first collegiate coaching gig was as a part of his staff.
Tweets and the like
Billy Graham had a connection to Arkansas. Interesting.
#ThrowbackThursday: Billy Graham, who died yesterday, was at "The Big Shootout" in 1969. The late Frank Broyles once told @GeorgeSchroeder that an incident with his son cost the Hogs the game. https://t.co/gmoQ3PLK43
— Andrew Hutchinson (@NWAHutch) February 22, 2018
Anyone notice anything about this photograph?
— Razorback Foundation (@RazorFoundation) February 22, 2018
Athletic director Hunter Yurachek doesn’t tweet as much as his predecessor. He did give some dap to some of his non-revenue sports, though.
Proud to see so many @ArkRazorbacks teams in national rankings this week; @RazorbackTF (Women #1, Men #3) @RazorbackWG #3, @RazobackBSB #4, @RazorbackGym #11, @RazorbackMGolf #19, @RazorbackMBK #29, @RazorbackSB #29. #WPS
— Hunter Yurachek (@HunterYurachek) February 22, 2018
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