LITTLE ROCK — Mood music for a look at Arkansas’ recruiting class is the familiar refrain from the “Cheers” sitcom: “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”
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LITTLE ROCK — Losing a be-creative contest to a Peyton Manning teardrop, the Golden Gate Bridge and Superman, solace is found in a rejection correspondence.
LITTLE ROCK — Prolific and informative, Oaklawn Park’s crack media department fudged a smidge with the headline: “Derby Dreams Start Monday With Smarty Jones Stakes.”
LITTLE ROCK — In charge of organizing the weekend golf, the man reacted quickly to the long-range forecast of sunny skies and a high of 59 on Sunday.
LITTLE ROCK — No matter what happens in Denver Sunday afternoon, the Broncos’ Peyton Manning is one of the elite quarterbacks in NFL history.
LITTLE ROCK — Weary with the establishment? Contemptuous of the same old same old? Craving new faces?
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Before weekday book learning, Gene Short’s education began at the barn of thoroughbred trainer Bob Holthus.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Personnel moves in Gainesville, Florida, College Station, Texas, and Columbia, Missouri, reshaped the perspective on Arkansas’ chances of success in 2016.
LITTLE ROCK — The catchphrase uttered frequently by those associated with Clemson football rings as hollow as it did when repeated time and again by Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson almost 22 years ago.
LITTLE ROCK — Two days before Alabama 38, Michigan State 0, another bowl team put on an equally impressive demonstration of “game control.”
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Promoting the College Football Playoff semifinals, ESPN included a popular, but flawed take on the Sooners: “Oklahoma is playing as well as anybody in college football.”
LITTLE ROCK — Tweaking the word association exercise, Liberty Bowl is the constant and a specific date is the trigger for personal responses.
LITTLE ROCK — Assigned the same over-under number for bowl victories, the Pac-12 is 2-0 and the SEC is as close as possible to matching that record without a league team taking the field.
LITTLE ROCK — Considering that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time, here’s a quiz involving the Little Rock Trojans:
LITTLE ROCK — SEC coaches and The Associated Press got it right when they named Dak Prescott first team all-conference quarterback and Chad Kelly second team.
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.
LITTLE ROCK — Depth, the one-word link between Alabama’s defensive line and Oaklawn Park’s Arkansas Derby.
LITTLE ROCK — Scanning a chronological list of bowl games, my first check mark is the Dec. 19 New Orleans Bowl and the next is the Dec. 29 Texas Bowl.
LITTLE ROCK — Kansas State’s offense is made to order for Arkansas’ defense to succeed — the Wildcats throw sparingly and poorly.
LITTLE ROCK — Although Arkansas and LSU play the same opponents from the SEC East in 2016, the Razorbacks’ conference schedule may be more difficult than that of the Tigers.
LITTLE ROCK — Seeking proof positive about the tie-breaking value of a conference championship, here’s hoping Alabama or Clemson loses on Saturday.
LITTLE ROCK — The last iota of angst wiped away late in the third quarter, on-field happenings between Missouri and Arkansas took a back seat to the bowl guessing game.