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Four Downs: Hatcher could return next year

FAYETTEVILLE — Bret Bielema delivered a bit of good news and a bit of bad in the bowels of the Fred W. Smith Football Center on Monday. Considering the public figure was both bits of information would be negatives, the net result was happiness.

Bielema defends late-game decisions

FAYETTEVILLE — Bret Bielema is not an angry type of guy. Not publicly, anyway. Smart aleck, perhaps. Class-clown-ish sometimes. Well-liked, mostly. Even with his penchant for saying things to garner attention, both good and ill, Bielema never comes off as hostile.

Razorbacks look to keep Boot

FAYETTEVILLE — The Golden Boot isn’t played for on the final Friday in November anymore. The traditionally year-end game between Arkansas and LSU now comes sooner than that as the Tigers preferred Texas A&M as their final opponent. Arkansas picked up Missouri for the old slot, still the day after Thanksgiving and both teams — or, more appropriately, both athletic programs — have tried to manufacture a rivalry, named and everything.

Wildcats come up short again in season-ending loss

BATESVILLE — The Batesville Pioneers faithful fans packed the stands to support their team as they hosted the Watson Chapel Wildcats in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. The two teams met earlier in the year in a game that was decided in the final seconds and ended with a 26-21 score in favor of Batesville. The Wildcats entered Pioneer stadium hoping for a different outcome this time around, but it would take an amazing effort to knock off the Pioneers on their own turf. And just like in the first encounter between these two, this game was decided in the closing seconds, as Batesville won again — this time by a score of 42-35.

Lions hoping to pull homecoming upset of Tigers

At the end of every weekly press conference the Arkansas-Pine Bluff football team has on Tuesdays, after the media has asked coach Monte Coleman and select players all their questions, sports information director Ronnie Johnson asks if anyone in the audience has a question.