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Allen Wins Player of the Year

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SPRINGDALE – Fayetteville quarterback and Arkansas commit Brandon Allen won the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club Player of the Year award on Wednesday.

Allen beat out fellow finalists Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier and Springdale Har-Ber offensive tackle Brey Cook. It was the inaugural player of the year award given by the club, which is also in its first year.

“It’s just an honor,” Allen said. “To be in the running with guys like Kiehl Frazier and Brey Cook – those are some big names right there with a lot of scholarship offers. Those are probably the two biggest names in our class, so it’s a huge honor to be here with them.”

The trio headlined the state’s talented senior class all season and have more than 40 combined scholarship offers. Allen and Cook are verbally committed to Arkansas, while Frazier committed to Auburn earlier this year. Cook, a Scout.com 5-star prospect, will begin classes at the UA in January.

Allen became the first player from the state’s largest classification to pass for more than 10,000 yards in a career. The senior quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a Class 7A runner-up finish by passing for 3,419 yards and 38 touchdowns, and no interceptions in the regular season.

“That was our goal all year was to get to the state game,” Allen said. “To get there and come up short was heart-breaking, but we accomplished a lot this year.”

Allen was a unanimous selection for the award, which was presented by ARpreps.com.

Former Arkansas coach Danny Ford was the keynote speaker at the club’s final meet this year. For more on what Ford had to say, read Clay Henry’s State of the Hogs: Ford Unchanged.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Arkansas Beats Seton Hall 71-62

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Julysses Nobles scored a career-high 19 points to lead Arkansas to a 71-62 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday night in the SEC/Big East Invitational at Freedom Hall.

Marshawn Powell added 12 points and 10 rebounds while Rotnei Clarke and Mardracus Wade scored 11 points for the Razorbacks (6-1), who used a late 11-0 run to put away the Pirates.

Arkansas senior Delvon Johnson finished just shy of a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

Jordan Theodore led Seton Hall 3-4) with 24 points but the Pirates ran out of gas after erasing a 17-point lead.

Theodore hit a pair of free throws with 7:05 to go to give Seton Hall a 51-50 lead before Arkansas took off. Powell got it going with a couple of free throws and a spinning layup and Nobles capped the burst with a 3-pointer to put Arkansas up 61-51 with 2:19 to play.

The Pirates fell to 1-3 without leading scorer Jeremy Hazell, who is out until January after breaking his left wrist against Alabama on Nov. 19.

This story will be updated.

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O Me of Little Faith: Arkansas 71, Seton Hall 62

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Marshawn Powell #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks shoots against the Seton Hall Pirates.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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I will admit it: When Arkansas found itself down 51 to 50 after leading by as many as 17 in the first half and by a dozen at intermission, I was convinced the Hogs were going to lose. Most of the second half was as ugly as all get out, but I think the Hogs showed something by gathering themselves to walk away with a nine-point victory.

The hero of the night was undoubtedly Delvon Johnson, who had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 8(!) blocked shots. It’s early yet, but I don’t know that I’ve seen a Hog player improve so dramatically since Nicky Davis seemingly came out of nowhere to become a rebounding and defensive machine in his senior season of 1998. Kudos to Delvon.

Julysses Nobles also deserves a special mention, as he finished with 19 points and really helped the Hogs build their big first-half lead.

The Hogs look pretty rough at times and halfway decent at times. All in all, about what I expected so far. They seem to have a good spirit about them, and the season is early yet. Here’s hoping some good times are in store during the rest of the year.

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Petrino Makes Chris Low’s Short List of Candidates to Replace Urban Meyer

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ESPN.com’s SEC blogger has consulted his tea leaves, or perhaps a few sources actually in the know (it isn’t entirely clear from his post what he’s basing this on), and says that Bobby Petrino is on Florida’s short list of candidates to replace Urban Meyer.

Says Low:

In his third season at Arkansas, he has the Hogs in a BCS bowl game for the first time in school history. He’s one of the top offensive minds in the game and was on Foley’s radar when Meyer was hired back in 2005. Giving Petrino the keys to Florida’s recruiting machine could be scary for the rest of the SEC. He does have a sizeable buyout, more than $3 million if he leaves before the end of this year. 

Hopefully Hog fans will be able to not go completely insane in the days ahead. We have our doubts though. In fact, we just obtained footage of one frequent message boarder reacting to Low’s report:

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Urban Meyer Steps Down (Again)

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Urban Meyer Steps Down (Again)

I love December traditions – Christmas decorations, family visits, letters to Santa and Urban Meyer’s annual resignation from the University of Florida.

Jokes aside, the coaching carousel is about to start spinning a LOT faster. Fasten your seatbelts!

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Time for Some Arkansas Bowl Trivia

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If I should ever get on Jeopardy and the category of Arkansas Bowl Trivia pops up on the screen, haha, like I am sure that is going to happen, I think I would run through it rather successfully given how much time I’ve spent thinking about this subject, its dark record of failure, its bright few moments of glory.  Unfortunately, I could say, “What is a loss, Alex?” more than a few times. But today I want to concentrate on wins. Gotta start that positive mojo going for the Sugar Bowl. So take a look at this trivia question, think about it, vote your best guess, and then look in the comment section for the answer.

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Which conference does Arkansas have the most bowl wins against? Count the conference that the team was in when the Hogs played them.




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Ford to Speak at Touchdown Club

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FAYETTEVILLE - Former Arkansas coach Danny Ford will speak at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. with the program following at noon. The touchdown club meets at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale.

Ford, who was fired from the school in 1997, has made only three trips back to the state since his coaching tenure. His last trip was for the announcement of the Burlsworth Trophy in August, named for former Arkansas player Brandon Burlsworth. Ford is one of the members for that trophy’s board.

The club will also honor the area’s player of the year, coach of the year and newcomer of the year, which will be presented by ARpreps.com.

Player of the year finalists are Fayetteville quarterback Brandon Allen, Springdale Har-Ber offensive tackle Brey Cook and Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier. Allen and Cook are both committed to Arkansas, while Frazier is committed to Auburn.

West Fork coach Rodney Selph will be given the coach of the year award after helping lead his team to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Bentonville running back Tearris Wallace will be given the newcomer of the year award. Wallace rushed for five touchdowns in his team’s win over Fayetteville last week in the Class 7A State Championship Game in Little Rock.

Tickets for club members are $15 at the door. Tickets for non-members are $25.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Pelphrey Returns to Freedom Hall

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas’ basketball team will take on Seton Hall on Wednesday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.

The game, which is part of the SEC-Big East Invitational, will tip-off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN2. It will be the first time the Razorbacks have played in the event, which isn’t expected to be renewed for another season.

The event will be somewhat of a homecoming for Arkansas coach John Pelphrey, a Kentucky native. The fourth-year Razorbacks coach played six times at the arena as a collegian at the University of Kentucky.

“It will be good going back there,” Pelphrey said. “It’s a great place to play. It should be a great environment.”

Arkansas (5-1) enters the game on a two-game winning streak following double-digit home wins over Oklahoma and Troy. It will be the Razorbacks’ first game out of the state this season.

Seton Hall is 3-3, but the Pirates will be without leading scorer Jeremy Hazell (24.0 ppg), who suffered a wrist injury earlier this month in a win over Alabama.

“I think they’ve played well at times and obviously they’re going to get better with that as time goes by,” Pelphrey said. “It’s pretty difficult to replace 24 points a game, though.”

The game will be the first of two inside Freedom Hall on Wednesday. Kentucky and Notre Dame will follow.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Ford Returns at Touchdown Club

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FAYETTEVILLE - Former Arkansas coach Danny Ford will speak at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. with the program following at noon. The touchdown club meets at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale.

Ford, who was fired from the school in 1997, has made only three trips back to the state since his coaching tenure. His last trip was for the announcement of the Burlsworth Trophy in August, named for former Arkansas player Brandon Burlsworth. Ford is one of the members for that trophy’s board.

The club will also honor the area’s player of the year, coach of the year and newcomer of the year, which will be presented by ARpreps.com.

Player of the year finalists are Fayetteville quarterback Brandon Allen, Springdale Har-Ber offensive tackle Brey Cook and Shiloh Christian quarterback Kiehl Frazier. Allen and Cook are both committed to Arkansas, while Frazier is committed to Auburn.

West Fork coach Rodney Selph will be given the coach of the year award after helping lead his team to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Class 3A state semifinals.

Bentonville running back Tearris Wallace will be given the newcomer of the year award. Wallace rushed for five touchdowns in his team’s win over Fayetteville last week in the Class 7A State Championship Game in Little Rock.

Tickets for club members are $15 at the door. Tickets for non-members are $25.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Laughter Is the Best Revenge

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With the Hogs merrily on their way to their first BCS bowl appearance, it is pretty hilarious (and pretty satisfying) to review this clip of ESPN windbags hyperventilating about Bobby Petrino in the immediate aftermath of his admittedly, ahem, messy departure from Atlanta.

I vote Sean Salisbury’s comments as the most insufferable. Those who live in glass houses

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