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Friday, June 5, 2020

Just when we need some excitement, Yurachek’s green light does it

The Razorbacks and Red Wolves have the door open to meet in every sport except football, which, of course is the one matchup fans at both places will be talking about the most.

Hogs’ Briles on ‘crazy’ last three months during shutdown on Halftime Friday

New Arkansas offensive coordinator Kendal Briles on Friday told Phil Elson, Matt Jenkins and Matt Travis on ESPN Arkansas about losing spring practice and tailoring his offense to fit the players.

Sallee on challenges facing Pittman with no spring, no track record as head coach

CBS Sports' Barrett Sallee talked Thursday afternoon with Derek Ruscin and Zach Arns (Ruscin & Zach) on ESPN Arkansas about the big hill facing new Hogs' coach Sam Pittman.

Hogs’ first positive case shouldn’t be that surprising or reason to panic

Arkansas has had one player get a positive result for Covid-19 from a test last week and it probably shouldn't be surprising or cause to start predicting the future.

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Preparing for worst, hoping for best, once live sports actually resumes

Nate Olson is so ready for live sports, that he nearly did a cartwheel when I discovered my youngest son’s baseball league in Bryant will resume its season later this month.

After talking with Majors on Sunday night, his death shocked Sherrill

Jackie Sherrill's relationship with Johnny Majors really expanded in Fayetteville when he started coaching for the legend that passed away Wednesday at the age of 85.

Is figuring out Razorbacks’ identity biggest challenge facing Pittman?

Athlon Sports' Nick Kayal admittedly knows very little about new Arkansas coach Sam Pittman which puts him in the same boat with just about everybody else.

Lots of questions about Hogs, Pittman, for preseason magazines this year

Aside from players returning to campus, which seldom draws more than a line or two, you know it's headed towards football season when the preseason magazines start showing up.

Hogs’ Ratcliffe on hoping recent events helping change some attitudes

Arkansas' Derita Ratcliffe with Phil Elson, Matt Jenkins and Matt Travis (Halftime) on ESPN Arkansas about her hopes the recent protests are helping advance attitudes.

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Boyd named preseason second team by Athlon in preseason magazine

Three Arkansas players were named to the Athlon Sports SEC Football 2020 Preseason All-Conference Teams, including a pair of multi-year honorees.

Crutchfield on taking job at East Central to spend more time coaching his kids

Former Arkansas assistant coach Chris Crutchfield didn't plan on having opportunity to get head coaching job and had to clear it with his kids that are already there first.

Hammonds’ speed, doing ‘what he needed to’ gets him back on scholarship

When T.J. Hammonds re-joined Arkansas last year after sitting out a semester he did it without a scholarship but Sam Pittman announced Wednesday that changed Tuesday.

Razorbacks’ Pittman ‘excited’ to have players returning to campus for workouts

Players return to campus Monday for what Sam Pittman repeated several times were "voluntary" workouts but it's a big step towards getting back to some real coaching.

Former Razorback Berry on virtual instruction in Burlsworth Camp this year

D'Andre Berry played with Brandon Burlsworth at Arkansas and is now one of the former players working with the camp that is using a virtual format that started Monday.

Razorbacks’ Moore gets freshman All-American honor from ‘College Baseball’

Arkansas infielder Robert Moore has been named a 2020 College Baseball freshman All-American as the 23rd Hog since 1984 to win that honor.

Baseball games back with Hogs playing in Perfect Timing games in Springdale

Baseball games started Monday afternoon and Arkansas players were involved in the Perfect Timing games in Springdale at Tyson Park.

Burlsworth still confident new approach for ‘virtual camp’ will work well

The coronavirus pandemic has forced changes everywhere, but Marty Burlsworthwith Phil Elson and Matt Jenkins (Halftime) on ESPN Arkansas how it will be very detailed on technique this year.

Razorbacks’ assistant reportedly accepts job at DII school in Oklahoma

Arkansas assistant coach Chris Crutchfield has taken the head coach coaching position at East Central in Ada, Oklahoma, according to multiple reports.

Bilas on Sutton’s delayed entry into Hall of Fame, state of college basketball

ESPN's Jay Bilas explained his view Monday morning to The Morning Rush on ESPN Arkansas why it took so long for Eddie Sutton to be selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Damage to College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta could impact SEC Media Days

It has been widely assumed by many in the media that SEC Media Days, scheduled for July 13-16, was probably not going to go down as before and now there may be a way out for everybody.

Burlsworth Football Camps going virtual for everybody on Monday

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation recently announced the first-ever virtual football camp in 2020, free and available to children of all ages that will begin Monday afternoon.

Report says SEC eases restrictions on grad transfers in Arkansas’ joint proposal

Things may be getting easier in the SEC for graduate transfers with relaxed admission rules proposed by Arkansas along with South Carolina and Missouri at Thursday virtual meetings.

MLB.com’s Mayo on Kjerstad, Martin prospects in draft sometime this summer

Jonathan Mayo has been a draft and prospect expert for MLB.com since 1999 and talked Friday afternoon on ESPN Arkansas about Heston Kjerstad, Casey Martin's prospects.

Watch live as governor delivers daily Covid-19 update Friday afternoon

Watch Governor Asa Hutchinson's daily update on the state's progress during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yahoo Sports’ Peek on moving Jones past Joe in pre-NBA Draft rankings

Only one mock draft board has Arkansas' Mason Jones ranked above Isaiah Joe for this summer's draft and Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports and Rivals was on The Morning Rush to explain it Friday.

Razorbacks will face three-time champion Baylor in SEC-Big 12 Challenge

Arkansas will host Baylor in this year’s edition of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge, the league office announced Thursday and it is a big hurdle.

Watch live as governor delivers daily Covid-19 update Thursday afternoon

Watch Governor Asa Hutchinson's daily update on the state's progress during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tamaz enters transfer portal, but Hogs still have crowd at catcher

In what was becoming a crowded position at Arkansas with new players coming in, freshman Dominic Tamez has decided to explore his options going somewhere else.

Yurachek on plans bringing players back and how they can use a football

If nothing else, it was clear from Hunter Yurachek's press conference Wednesday morning and a later appearance on ESPN Arkansas and how players can use balls but coaches can't watch.

Taylor, McMakin on dealing with shutdown of promising seasons for Hogs

Arkansas golf coaches Shauna Taylor and Brad McMakin met with the media Thursday afternoon via teleconference to talk about the shutdown's effect on players, programs ahead of what looked to be good seasons.

Overstreet, Mistry on sudden end to season; coping with shutdown

Arkansas golfers Mason Overstreet and Kajal Mistry on his getting year back and her dealing with not being able to fly home to South Africa due to COVID-19 global pandemic.

Harter felt he had good team before NCAA Championships cancelled last week

Arkansas women's track coach Lance Harter talked on a teleconference with the media Wednesday about the disappointment for his athletes after the NCAA Championships were cancelled last week.

Arkansas sweeps to pair of wins over Golden Lions on Saturday afternoon

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas picked up a pair of wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon at the Billingsley Tennis Center, sweeping both matches, 7-0. The Razorbacks...

Gymbacks finish second in quad meet with second-highest score of season

Arkansas bounced back in Denton on Friday, posting a score of 196.300 and earning a second-place finish among the four teams at the meet.


2020 Hogs Football

NevadaSept. 5TBA
@ Notre DameSept. 121:30 p.m. • NBC
@ Mississippi StateSept. 19TBA
Texas A&M (Arl)Sept. 26TBA
Charleston So.Oct. 3TBA
AlabamaOct. 10TBA
TennesseeOct. 31TBA
@ AuburnNov. 7TBA
Ole MissNov. 14TBA
La.-MonroeNov. 21TBA
@ Missouri (KC)Nov. 28TBA
Following is the overall Top 10 girls high school basketball teams in Arkansas and the top five in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A as voted by a panel of sports media from around the state for the week ending January 5. Ranking is given with first-place votes received, records, total points and last week's rankings:
1.Bentonville (14)27-11492
2.Fayetteville (1)23-5136-33
3.Fort Smith Northside26-41101
8.Star City32-0378
Others receiving votes: Cabot 10, Little Rock Christian 5, Mountain View 5, Valley Springs 5, Mountain Home 2, Springdale Har-Ber 1.
1.Bentonville (14)27-1742
2.Fayetteville (1)23-5613
3.Fort Smith Northside (7)26-4451
Others receiving votes: Springdale Har-Ber 2, North Little Rock 1.
1.Greenwood (9)25-5692
2.Nettleton (6)27-5663
3.Mountain Home23-737
Little Rock Christian23-6374
Others receiving votes: Jacksonville 2, West Memphis 2, Sylvan Hills 1, Watson Chapel 1.
1.Farmington (10)32-3703
2.Star City (5)32-0652
4.Southside Batesville25-7164
Pulaski Academy28-416
Others receiving votes: Harrison 15.
1.Valley Springs (9)36-7692
2.Mountain View (6)27-5663
Others receiving votes: Central Arkansas Christian 5, Lamar 5.
1.Melbourne (15)34-2751
Others receiving votes: Des Arc 10, Riverside 4.
1.Kirby (15)39-5752
3.Westside Greers Ferry32-10443
Others receiving votes: Concord 8, Emerson 4, Mount Vernon-Enola 2, Rural Special 1.
Following is the overall Top 10 boys high school basketball teams in Arkansas and the top five in Classes 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A as voted by a panel of sports media from around the state for the week ending January 5. Ranking is given with first-place votes received, records, total points and last week's rankings:
1.Magnolia (7)26-01392
2.West Memphis (7)26-41384
4.Conway (1)21-8110
5.Little Rock Central18-1283
6.Little Rock Mills28-38110
7.Fort Smith Northside20-10488
9.North Little Rock22-5251
Hot Springs25-6157
Others receiving votes: Maumelle 11, Springdale Har-Ber 10, Marion 9, Blytheville 6, Jonesboro 4, Rivercrest 4, Osceola 3, Rogers 1.
1.Conway (12)21-8725
2.Little Rock Central (3)18-1261
3.Fort Smith Northside20-10344
5.North Little Rock22-5191
Others receiving votes: Springdale Har-Ber 13.
1.West Memphis (13)26-4731
3.Jacksonville (2)20-5624
4.Hot Springs25-6233
Others receiving votes: Sylvan Hills 6, Jonesboro 5, Greene County Tech 1.
1.Magnolia (15)26-0751
2.Little Rock Mills28-3602
Others receiving votes: Pulaski Academy 10, Jonesboro Westside 4, Monticello 2, Morrilton 1.
1.Rivercrest (9)24-969
2.Osceola (6)19-765
4.Valley Springs36-4261
Others receiving votes: Elkins 5, Manila 5, Baptist Prep 1.
1.England (15)30-5755
Others receiving votes: Clarendon 3, White County Central 1.
1.Nevada (15)34-675
2.Izard County39-6601
Others receiving votes: Mount Vernon-Enola 10, Wonderview 5.