LITTLE ROCK — Flat out, Arkansas’ football team will be better in 2014. Using the W-L record to document that improvement is a precarious proposition because of what is happening at the eight SEC schools on the Razorbacks’ schedule.
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LITTLE ROCK — Appreciative of access to the inner sanctum, the outsider didn’t say a word. Besides, most of the lecture was in a foreign language and the illustrations on the movie screen were insider football.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Feel for Arkansas cornerback Jared Collins; the safety on his side was a no-show.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas at LSU has the feel of Arkansas at Alabama, a mismatch across the board.
LITTLE ROCK — A really good compromise, a wise man once said, is one that leaves both sides equally dissatisfied.
LITTLE ROCK — Setting the stage for a five-play snapshot of Arkansas’ previous seven games required 60 minutes.
LITTLE ROCK — At Bryant when Alandise Harris was a junior, Little Rock Central coach Oliver Fitzpatrick all but begged the Hornets to play man defense.
OXFORD, Miss. — Holding high a towel to prevent Arkansas coaches in the press box from stealing the plays signaled in from the Ole Miss sideline, the man wasted his time.
LITTLE ROCK — The abbreviated Senior Day float trip down the Little Missouri will be rehashed. So, too, Jerry Burnett’s on-the-fly bye bye to the Malvern safety and the contrast in coaches John Pierce and Ben F. Burton.
FAYETTEVILLE — Looking down at the Arkansas sideline as the teams changed ends of the field for the fourth quarter, I had to double-check the score.
LITTLE ROCK — To Razorback fans, Gus Malzahn is:
LITTLE ROCK — Bret Bielema’s straightforward message for high school athletes includes a subtle communication for Razorback fans.
LITTLE ROCK — Untethered from the laptop for most of a week and then returning home to find that bundling was an all-around bust, Nick Saban’s two-day old comments about spoiled fans were discovered when ESPN put up a quote to promote a roundtable about the responsibility of ticket holders to stay for four quarters.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Deep breath. Exhale. Again. Repeat as needed until rejuvenated.
LITTLE ROCK — Analyze Alabama-Arkansas from any angle and the conclusion is the same, a lot of points for the home team and a few for the visitors.
LITTLE ROCK — Down in the dumps over 52-7? Imagining even worse in Tuscaloosa? Anxious about Gus Malzahn’s return to Fayetteville?
LITTLE ROCK — Days before the BCS standings are released for the first time, the number of teams with a clear path to the national title game is down to a half-dozen or so.
LITTLE ROCK — Impressed by Mitch Mustain’s humility and vocabulary, an astute observer to the right praised the young man on both counts only minutes into Mustain’s speech to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. After the former quarterback at the center of a controversy that rippled through the entire state had completed a Q and A, add frank, smart and stand-up guy to Mustain’s profile.
FAYETTEVILLE — Old-fashioned about gambling on fourth down, second-guessing is permissible if announced prior to the ball being snapped.
LITTLE ROCK — Interpreting a Bret Bielema post-game quote from Gainesville, the jury was split on whether the indictment fell on the previous coaching staff or the current receivers or both.
LITTLE ROCK — On this day, Orville Henry and long-time golfing buddy C.W. Keopple passed on the 8-10 steep steps from end of the cart path and hit from the women’s tees to the island green at the course in Conway.
LITTLE ROCK — On-campus protests. A complicit media in the take-down of a stodgy school president. A touch of the risque. Loud music. Lovable animals. A mysterious student-friendly professor. Athletic competition with a treasured trophy to the winner.
LITTLE ROCK — Midway through Arkansas’ season, the time is right for a look at players trending toward All-SEC recognition at the glamor positions.