• Hot Seat Less Hot, For Now. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com says Rashad Madden's commitment guarantees that Pel will be in Fayetteville for at least two more seasons.
John Pelphrey is not on the hot seat because there's no way an athletic director with a brain is firing a coach before this recruiting class enrolls, which means Pelphrey will be the coach at Arkansas for the 2011-12 season regardless of what happens in 2010-11.
• As For This Season. CollegeHoops.Net ranks this year's basketball team as the No. 106 team in the country and projects that they will earn a post-season bid to either the prestigious CBI Tournament or the equally prestigious CIT Tournament. Like the estimable Whit E. Knight, I think this year's squad is going to surprise some people. What exactly that will mean in terms of wins and losses and post-season tournaments, I'm not sure - I just think we're going to see a noticeably improved product on the court this season. And hopefully a much improved one in 2011-12. More thoughts on this later ...
• He Won't Be Pumping Them Up. Several observers have made note of the fact that 2011 recruits like Madden and Hunter Mickelson need to gain some weight and strength. Well, Kelly Lambert won't be helping them do that. That's because the Hogs' strength and conditioning coach is leaving the program to take a similar position with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
• Let's Chat. The Arkansas Democrat's Bob Holt and Matt Jones participated in a live chat this afternoon. If you have some time to kill (and if you're reading this post, then you most certainly do) then you should check it out. Interesting stuff on the mood of the football team, the likelihood of a BCS bowl invite and which basketball recruits Pelphrey still has a shot at.