Bret Bielema is taking his brand of power football to Arkansas, leaving Wisconsin after seven seasons. Arkansas released a statement Tuesday night saying Bielema has agreed to a contract to take over the program reeling after the firing of former [...]
Arkansas and Auburn both hired head football coaches on Tuesday. Both coaches – Brett Bielema at Arkansas, Gus Malzahn at Auburn – want to restore their respective teams to the upper reaches of the Southeastern Conference’s West Division, even though the “No Vacancy” sign is flashing, the available spots being occupied by Alabama, Texas A&M and LSU. Auburn and Arkansas were up there in recent memory, but when both fell, both fell hard.
According to a report from Times-Picayune/NOLA.com on Tuesday a source close to LSU confirmed that Arkansas is pursuing LSU head coach Les Miles for the vacant Arkansas head coaching position. The offer is reportedly for five years and $27.5 milliion. “They made a serious offer,” the source said “(Athletic Director) Joe (Alleva) is meeting with his (Miles’) agent and the discussion is ongoing.” Earlier on Tuesday sports blogger SportsbyBrooks tweeted that he “has learned Arkansas is engaged w/ reps of the interests of Les Miles & a $5-yr $27.5M offer is on the table.” The tweet did not cite any sources.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long wants a football coach with “discipline and accountability.” Someone with “honesty and integrity on and off the field.” And he would like that coach in place within two weeks of the end of the regular season, which wraps up Nov. 23 when No. 6 LSU visits Fayetteville. Will that person be John L. Smith, the interim coach whose team is 3-4 and is getting headlines for his $40.7 million personal bankruptcy?
Alabama dominated Arkansas at home 52 – 0. Prior to Arkansas losing to Louisiana Monroe the week before, some sports analysts thought that this could be the year that Arkansas could possibly contend for the SEC West crown. However with Arkansas’ All-SEC Quarterback Tyler Wilson sidelined due to a concussion from the previous week, their offense could never really get going. Alabama’s offense on the other hand was explosive to say the least. ROLL TIDE!
While Arkansas coach John L. Smith says quarterback Tyler Wilson is a game-time decision for Saturday against No. 1-ranked Alabama, sources told ESPN.com he will not play. "There will be no further update on Tyler Wilson's status today," Smith said [...]
In exactly 24 hours, top-ranked Alabama and Arkansas will meet in a college football game that has been highly anticipated for months. A week ago at this time, this looked like the Crimson Tide’s second showdown against a top-10 team in this young season. Alabama opened with a 41-14 victory over No. 8 Michigan.Arkansas was ranked No. 8 before it suffered a shocking 34-31 loss last week to Louisiana-Monroe.
The raw numbers Arkansas’ defense gave up last week — 550 yards and 34 points allowed — don’t tell the whole story of its 34-31 overtime loss to Louisiana-Monroe. The Razorbacks allowed 6 of 7 fourth-down conversions and Louisiana-Monroe racked up 30 first downs and 103 plays while eating up 39:19 of possession time, nearly doubling Arkansas in ball control..
The Alabama football team practiced for 90 minutes in shells on Thursday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as they put the final touches on the game plan for Arkansas. The No. 1 Crimson Tide visits the 21st-ranked Razorbacks for a 2:30 p.m. clash at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by CBS with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the action and Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.
Tyler Wilson is still listed as day-to-day after injuring his head last weekend against ULM, but Arkansas head coach John L. Smith said he is more optimistic today than he was Monday about his star quarterback’s status against Alabama.
Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen said he’s preparing to play this week, just like he’s prepared every game week since joining the Razorbacks last year. This isn’t any other week.
Sports analyst Gary Danielson, known for his strong opinions, had Arkansas in his sights for part of a media conference call Tuesday.
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson was still feeling groggy with symptoms from his shot to the helmet after his return to campus Sunday, Coach John L. Smith said, and the Razorbacks are preparing as if freshman Brandon Allen and junior Brandon Mitchell will take the reins for the Razorbacks’ Saturday showdown against No. 1 Alabama.
Arkansas star Tyler Wilson is questionable with a head injury for a showdown Saturday against top-ranked Alabama, but Crimson Tide players unquestionably are going to prepare for the Heisman Trophy candidate anyway.