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Arkansas Razorbacks will enter field through hog pen for home opener

The first home game of the new college football season is always exciting for the host school. Players and coaches are pumped to take the field in front of their loyal supporters. Optimism is high as fans get their initial up close look at their favorite team in a game that matters. And, of course, there is the emotional stadium entrance.

razorbacks-hog-penSome stadium entrances in college football are iconic.

Ralphie leads the Colorado Buffaloes onto the field. Auburn’s War Eagle is released prior to the Tigers entering. Chief Osceola charges into Doak Campbell on Renegade prior to Florida State home games. The Clemson Tigers touch Howard’s Rock and run down The Hill into Death Valley.

On Saturday, when the Arkansas Razorbacks take the field at Frank Broyles Field for their game against Nicholls State, they will do so through a hog pen.

Gotta go big for the home opener, right?

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Arkansas reaches out to wrong Jamal Anderson on behalf of Bret Bielema

Jamal-Anderson-dirty-birdBret Bielema is entering his first season as the head football coach at Arkansas. As the new guy in town, one of his responsibilities will be establishing a relationship with former players and other alumni who have gone through the school. Just five months after his hiring, Bielema has already realized he should keep a closer eye on the football operations department.

On Friday, former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson shared a photo of a note someone in Arkansas’ football operations department sent him on behalf of Bielema. The aim was to reach out to Anderson as a former Razorback who went on to the NFL. The only problem is Jamal went to Utah.

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The person who wrote the note was looking for Jamaal Anderson, the guy who has two A’s in his first name and plays defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals. Like Jamal, Jamaal was also drafted by the Falcons and played four seasons in Atlanta. Perhaps that’s where the author of the note got confused.

Can you blame the guy for wanting to reach out to the master of the Dirty Bird instead of a Bengals defensive end? Neither can we.

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Alex Collins’ mother reportedly went to his high school to complain to coaches that he chose Arkansas

Alex-Collins-ArkansasAlex Collins is expected to finally sign with Arkansas on Thursday, but it sounds like the process has been anything but easy for the five-star running back from South Plantation High School in Florida. Collins’ mother, Andrea McDonald, does not want him leaving home, and she has reportedly made life incredibly difficult for him over the past week.

On Wednesday, we shared with you this bizarre story about Collins’ mother stealing his letter of intent and running away with it so he couldn’t fax it to Arkansas. Athletes who are under the age of 21 need a parent’s or guardian’s signature, so Collins was unable to officially commit to the Razorbacks on national signing day.

But that’s not all. Collins announced that he had chosen Arkansas on Monday. According to The Miami Herald, McDonald went to South Plantation High School on Tuesday to complain to school administrators and coaches after her son made the announcement.

“She said she didn’t want to sign,” Collins’ older brother Johnny told The Miami Herald. “I know she preferred him to go to UM. Alex had said he was going to the (the University of Miami), and then all of a sudden he changes his mind. We found out he was going to Arkansas on TV.”

Johnny said his mother is “having anxiety” over the decision and that he is just as confused by what transpired on Wednesday as anyone else. McDonald is not the first mother to disagree with her son’s choice of college, but she has certainly taken her concerns a lot further than most of the anxious parents before her.

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Arkansas recruit Alex Collins reportedly had letter of intent stolen by mother

Alex-Collins-ArkansasThanks to the mother of five-star running back recruit Alex Collins, we may already have a winner for the craziest story of national signing day.

Collins played at South Plantation High School in Florida where he became one of the top running backs in the country. His first scholarship offer came from Miami, to whom he verbally committed in January 2012. Collins broke his commitment to the Canes in November, though he still considered them an option.

On Monday, Collins announced that he would attend Arkansas. His announcement upset his mother, who wanted him to stay closer to home.

Collins, his mother, and two siblings went to the high school Wednesday where the back was supposed to have his signing ceremony. Only there was one problem: Collins’ mother reportedly refused to let her son sign with Arkansas, took his papers, and ran away with them. Athletes under 21 need a parent or guardian’s signature to make their letter of intent official.

“She said she didn’t want to sign,” Collins’ older brother Johnny, told The Miami Herald. “I know she preferred him to go to UM. Alex had said he was going to the U, and then all of a sudden he changes his mind. We found out he was going to Arkansas on TV.”

If you thought the story ended there, you would be wrong. According to The Herald, Collins’ mother was so upset after her son announced Monday he had picked Arkansas, she went to the school the next day to angrily complain to the coaches and administrators about the situation.

This woman is passionate about the issue, huh?

Collins reportedly said he switched to Arkansas because he liked the way new coach Bret Beilema, who was hired in December, runs the ball. NBC Miami says Collins is expected to sign with Arkansas on Thursday.

As funny as this story is, it is not all that unusual. Remember this story from last year?

Below is video of Collins’ announcement on FOX Sports South Monday (around the 5:40 mark):

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Arkansas reportedly pursuing Les Miles as coach, made him huge offer

Arkansas reportedly is aiming very high in its pursuit of a new head football coach, and reportedly has made a huge offer to LSU coach Les Miles.

Our friend Sports by Brooks reported the news over Twitter on Tuesday that Arkansas has made a five-year, $27.5 million deal to Miles.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune confirmed that Miles has an offer from Arkansas. They also reported that Miles is meeting with the Arkansas athletic director.

LSU’s sports information director says Miles was shown Brooks’ report “and he didn’t have anything to say.”

Miles currently makes $3.75 million per season, not including bonuses. He has the Tigers at 10-2 this season and ranked No. 7 in the BCS standings. Miles has gone 85-20 over eight seasons as head coach of the Tigers. He has reached two BCS National Championship games and won one.

Miles could very well be talking with Arkansas to gain leverage in discussions with LSU. Smart Football believes he may be trying to leverage LSU into paying his coaching staff more money. Miles was also pursued by Michigan in 2011 but reportedly turned down offers for a pay raise on two occasions.

Arkansas has one of the most passionate fan bases in college football, so I don’t doubt that they are willing to pay Miles that kind of money. Truthfully, this sort of money would make almost any college football coach seriously consider a move.

UPDATE: Miles will receive a contract extension and raise to remain at LSU. He confirmed he spoke with Arkansas about their vacancy.

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Tyler Wilson accuses Arkansas teammates of quitting vs. Alabama

Arkansas’ nightmare season continued on Saturday as the team was hammered 52-0 by Alabama in Fayetteville. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was unable to play in the game because of a head injury, but he sure was able to comment on the loss.

Wilson accused his teammates of quitting against the top team in the country.

“I’ll start with the football game,” he said in the postgame media conference. “First of all, it wasn’t very pretty to watch. It wasn’t pretty to sit on the sideline and watch as a player, it sucks I can’t do anything about it. Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Absolutely.”

Wilson then proceeded to make his best Tim Tebow at Florida impression.

“As a leader it sucks to see people not do their jobs and to see things go wrong, there has been a lot of things go that way. As a leader, at this point you have to look forward. There has been a lot of people jump off of the bandwagon and it is my job to keep everyone in this organization and this team in that locker room together. I am going to make sure of it going forward. We’ve got a big game against Rutgers next week. I am going to do everything in my power to be a part of it and be the starting quarterback when we run out onto the field. And most importantly, get a win. You have to start with one before you can get the rest of them. I give you my word, I am going to do the best I can to make that happen.”

Wilson apparently approached Arkansas’ media relations staff about speaking to the press after the game because he had something he wanted to say. Guess we know what it was.

Wilson was clearly fired up after the loss, which is more than what we can say for the rest of the Hogs. Maybe this is the exact sort of leadership the team needs after losing to Louisiana-Monroe and Alabama in consecutive weeks.

And who’s public enemy No. 1 in Arkansas right now? Jessica Dorrell, no doubt. You all know why.

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Arkansas unveils new football uniforms for the 2012 season (Pictures)

The Arkansas Razorbacks will have a brand new look next season, and we’re not just talking about Bobby Petrino no longer being the team’s coach. In addition to a new head coach, Arkansas will also have new uniforms. The team announced on its official athletic site Wednesday that the Razorbacks have been given a touch of the Nike Pro Combat treatment and will have new red, white, and black jerseys to wear during the 2012 season. The team also unveiled new helmets, which are shown below.

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