Finally, a bye week. Not only is this bye week a time for the team to rest, but it also gives us fans a break. We all know the tolls the recent struggles have taken on some Arkansas fans, so it will be nice to not dedicate an entire Saturday to the Hogs. But there's still lots of football to be played around the league, including the always intriguing Idaho/Ole Miss matchup. Here's your week 9 SEC television schedule. So go sit on the couch all day and watch some good football this weekend. You deserve it.
Arkansas held its basketball media day in Bud Walton Arena on Thursday, as Kikko Haydar, Coty Clarke, Bobby Portis and others spoke on the season approaching. The hoops season unofficially gets underway in one week! Arkansas will host Missouri Southern on November 1 in Bud Walton in one of its two exhibition contests before getting the season going. Don't forget the red-white scrimmage at Hog Wild Hoops this Sunday, too. Also, RIP to Alandise Harris' bowties. You will be dearly missed.
Speaking of Alandise Harris, the big man leads a new-look Arkansas frontcourt hoping to get Arkansas back to the NCAA Tournament. Mike Anderson has spoken highly on the Houston transfer, saying he beings a toughness to the team that it lacked in the past. Harris won't be doing it alone, however. Coty Clarke, and Arkansas' two prize freshmen will also have chances to contribute early on. This could very well be the best frontcourt Arkansas has had since the Darian Townes and Charles Thomas days.
Back on the subject of football, Nick Saban recently ripped the Alabama fan base for not staying to the end of games. Sound familiar? No, Bret Bielema isn't telling us to do that, but Arkansas isn't the only one having problems keeping fans seated. Now while Alabama fans leave because their Tide are winning handily, and Arkansas fans leave often for the exact opposite reasons, it raises the question of fan commitment. Anyhow, here are the SEC attendance numbers. Do with them what you will.