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Kelly hiring helps Strong, Sumlin, Malzahn

LITTLE ROCK — A coaching hire by the San Francisco 49ers is good news for Charlie Strong, Kevin Sumlin and Gus Malzahn. Despite a disclaimer that he was not interested in a college job, Chip Kelly would cast a long shadow if still unemployed in September.

Collins made right decision

LITTLE ROCK — The only element of surprise concerning Alex Collins’ decision to declare for the NFL draft is the time that elapsed between the running back’s visit with Bret Bielema and the announcement on Sunday.

Bowl season awards

LITTLE ROCK — Two days before Alabama 38, Michigan State 0, another bowl team put on an equally impressive demonstration of “game control.”

Hogs will miss Allen’s cool

LITTLE ROCK — Eligibility complete, Brandon Allen’s cool will be missed next fall. Pending is the status of other mainstays of the Arkansas offense, All-American tight end Hunter Henry and second team All-SEC running back Alex Collins.

Catching up is hard to do

LITTLE ROCK — Playing catch-up in a season-long college football pick ’em contest, there is empathy for every basketball coach up against a double-digit deficit and a time crunch.