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Past articles by Mike:

Hogs Hope to Confound Experts yet Again

Another NCAA Tournament game, another game the Hogs can’t win, according to the college basketball analysts. Interesting since the challenge of beating Duke is similar going in to the challenge the Hogs faced against top ranked Gonzaga. Like the Zags, Duke has a better overall and conference record (31-6, 16-4) (28-8, 13-5) than Arkansas. The […] → Read More

Can Hogs Topple NCAA’s Top Seed?

Eric Musselman’s Razorbacks will face a complete role reversal Thursday night in San Francisco as they try to reach the NCAA Basketball Tournament’s Elite Eight for the second straight year. From the hunted against upset-minded Vermont and New Mexico St., Arkansas must shift gears to the mind of a hunter as it tangles with top-seed […] → Read More

The Smith Jr. Eligibility Controversy is Complicated

How does the best high school basketball player in the state of Arkansas and one of the top players in the nation end up ineligible for his senior year in the state? If you are the Arkansas Activities Association, charged with enforcing the rules governing high school sports in the state, the decision is fairly […] → Read More

Hogs Crack Top 10 in Football

For the first time in nine years the Razorback football team is back in the top 10 of AP’s college football poll. The Hogs jumped from 16th to 8th on the heels of a dramatic 20-10 upset of previous number 7 Texas A&M which dropped to 15th. The lofty ranking comes just two years from […] → Read More

Kopps Wins the Dick Howser Trophy and Stopper of the Year

College baseball sportswriters from across the country have named University of Arkansas right-handed relief pitcher Kevin Kopps the National Player of the Year for 2021, taking home the Dick Howser Trophy. Kopps also won the Stopper of the Year Award, which goes to best top relief pitcher in college baseball. Kopps’ final numbers are staggering. […] → Read More

Legendary Arkansas Track Coach John McDonnell dies at 82

John McDonnell, popularly known as Johnny Mac to his athletes, coaching associates and friends, has passed away in Fayetteville from complications related to Alzheimer’s. He was 82. The most successful coach in NCAA history, McDonnell brought 40 national championships to the University of Arkansas in a coaching career that stretched from 1978 until his retirement […] → Read More

Diamond Hogs Continue Impressive Run Through SEC

The Razorbacks have won yet another SEC road series against another nationally ranked opponent and this time they did it with pitching instead of a home run onslaught. The Hogs never trailed in their two wins over a South Carolina team that was one game out of the overall lead in the SEC when the […] → Read More

UA Pitching Coach On Kopps: “He Came Back A Different Guy”

Razorbacks Pitching Coach Matt Hobbs claims no credit for the transformation of fifth-year right handed reliever Kevin Kopps. After posting an ERA of 8.18 in the shortened 2020 season Kopps has bounced back in 2021 to post some astounding numbers. He’s 4-0 in 13 appearances out of the bullpen with an ERA of .82. He’s […] → Read More

Hogs & Red Raiders Will Clash in Historic Arena

Sunday afternoon at 5:10 PM central time Arkansas will face off against former SWC foe Texas Tech in Hinkle Fieldhouse on the campus of Butler University. When constructed in 1928 it was the largest basketball facility in the country, seating more than 15,000 fans. It is the sixth oldest basketball arena still in use and […] → Read More

Hogs Lose to Auburn 30-28 on Controversial Ruling By Officials

The Razorbacks shook off a 17-0 first quarter Auburn lead to take a one point lead into the final minutes of the Auburn game but a 39 yards Anders Carlson field goal with seconds left gave the Tigers a 30-28 win. Immediately before the kick Auburn quarterback Bo Nix fumbled a snap, picked the ball up […] → Read More

Hogs Wear Down Against Georgia, Lose Opener 37-10

Arkansas held a lead over No. 4 Georgia for two and a half quarters but turnovers and an exhausted Razorback defense allowed the Bulldogs to start the season 1-0, running Arkansas’ SEC losing streak to 20 straight games The Hogs took the ball first and no surprise, Georgia’s defense forced a 3 and out with […] → Read More

Razorbacks’ 2020 Football Schedule Is Released

Arkansas is set to open up the season at home on September 26th against the Georgia Bulldogs matching up Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman against his former team. Following the season opener the Razorbacks will travel to Mississippi State to face the Mike Leach led Bulldogs on October 3rd. Week three has the Hogs travelling […] → Read More

Van Horn Blown Away By Size and Scope of Hunt Family Development Center

There are few people more familiar with the plans for the Razorback baseball team’s new development center than head coach Dave Van Horn. In addition to pouring over those plans before construction began Van Horn was also one of the first to see an animated video of the project which has been available for view […] → Read More

REPORTS: SEC Approves 10 Game, Conference Only Schedule

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey is expected to announce on the SEC Network Thursday afternoon that the 14 conference member schools can proceed with plans to play college football under a 10 game, SEC games only format. This follows a decision by the ACC to play an 11 game conference only plus one schedule. Sanky’s announcement […] → Read More

Opitz Named To SEC Community Service Team

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas catcher Casey Opitz was recognized on the 2020 Southeastern Conference Baseball Community Service Team, as part of the league’s continuing effort to shine on the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition. It is the first time Opitz has been honored with the award. The conference names a Community Service Team […] → Read More

PTN’s “Ask Mike” – May 18th

It is time for another edition of our weekly “Ask Mike” segment where our veteran analyst Mike Irwin answers your questions about Arkansas Athletics. Below is a transcript of this week’s segment. 1. OUR FIRST QUESTION COMES FROM SED 76 WHO SAYS: Going back to the end of the 2016 season with the two meltdown […] → Read More

Hogs Reach Fans With Virtual “Road Show”

This week University of Arkansas director of athletics Hunter Yurachek hoped to be touring the state with coaches and athletes drumming up support for Razorback sports. The current COVID-19 suspension of college athletics took care of that. Undaunted, the athletic department has launched a virtual version of the One Razorback Road Show on its website. […] → Read More

Yurachek Outlines Plan for U of A Athletics Start Up

If all goes well student athletes at the University of Arkansas could be arriving back on campus as early as June 1st with preseason practices in football, soccer and volleyball starting by mid July. Arkansas director of athletics Hunter Yurachek outlined details of the school’s plan, including an on-time start to the fall season, in […] → Read More

Franks Looks to Break the Streak

What do Cole Kelley, Ty Storey, Connor Noland, Ben Hicks, Nick Starkel, John Stephen Jones, K.J. Jefferson and Jack Lindsey have in common? Each came off the bench at quarterback for Arkansas and each was a starter only to return to the bench again. That’s right. In a two season stretch exactly eight different Razorbacks […] → Read More

Pittman Eyes July 1st Start Up Date For Team Activities

The SEC has currently suspended team activities for the league’s various football programs until May 30th but Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman thinks modifications to normal summer programs would allow coaches to head into August Camp well prepared. “I think we’d be ready to go if we came in by July 1,” Pittman said Thursday […] → Read More