Monday, December 14, 2009

A New Offensive Coordinator

A day after it was announced that Coach Petrino's brother Paul was moving on to be offensive coordinator for Illinois, Coach Petrino announced the promotion of Garrick McGee to be offensive coordinator. Paul Petrino was the wide receivers coach and McGee was the quarterbacks coach this year. Bobby Petrino, the head coach, was the play caller. With the new job at Illinois, Paul Petrino will receive a significant pay increase and full reigns on play calling.

It's unclear if any additional hires will take place, but it's clear that there could be some salary room to retain current coaches or bring in additional help. The loss of Paul Petrino will certainly challenge Arkansas's recruiting efforts, but things are already going in the right direction and defense is really the focus this year. The loss of Paul Petrino really does not change much of anything with regard to the playbook and play calling.

Look for Garrick to expand his recruiting territory and for him and Running Backs coach Tim Horton to have an increased roll in recruiting and offense.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Liberty Bowl

Arkansas officially accepted an invitation to play in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on January 2nd. The Razorbacks will play the East Carolina Pirates. The game kicks off at 4PM central. The LIberty Bowl will likely serve as Razorback Stadium East as the short drive to Memphis will attract a full house of Hog fans.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ethan Hamilton; #1 Hog Fan

What Happened Last Weekend

Great Game, But Hogs Fall Short

Looks like the Liberty Bowl for the 7-5 Razorbacks. The future continues to look bright for hogs with most of the team, especially the stars, returning next year and the fact that Arkansas came so close to knocking off top LSU and top ranked Florida on the road this year. In addition, the schedule for next year is far more favorable as the hogs swap Florida for Vanderbilt, and the most difficult games will be played at home.