I want to begin today's links with a neat story that actually happened last night while I was doing my Bielema presser writeup. So my roommate gets a call from his girlfriend saying she found three kittens close to her house. And after my buddy warded off a fox, and reached out to multiple people to find a home for the kittens, they finally found someone who really wanted one. Ultimately, one of the kittens wound up on Kiero Small's doorstep. Apparently, Small has been looking for a cat after his last one was too antisocial. There's your heartwarming story for the week.
(Editor's note: we got a lot of positive feedback on this, so we're just going to go ahead and embed the instagram pic)
After serving a three-game suspension to begin the season, junior guard Ky Madden is set to return to the floor tonight against Louisiana-Lafayette. Mike Anderson said Madden violated team rules, leading to his suspension that prolonged his season debut. According to Anderson, Madden has met all criteria for his return, and has even gone beyond what was expected before he could return. So here's to hoping he can stay out of trouble and stay in the lineup all year.
As I stated in my Bielema post-practice article yesterday, the coaching staff has been rolling on the recruiting trails during the bye week. Reaching from coast-to-coast, and relying on past relationships with coaches, Arkansas is attempting to make major moves with the next recruiting class. Here is your Arkansas November recruiting update. Some of the names on these lists are major targets for Arkansas, guys that could come in and make an immediate impact.
Although this season hasn't gone the way this senior class would have liked, a couple of Arkansas seniors have been invited to this year's Senior Bowl. Senior center Travis Swanson, who has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list the last three season, has already committed to playing in the game. Defensive end Chris Smith has also been invited, but has not said whether he will play or not. It will also mark the eighth consecutive year a Hog has played in the game, so WOO DAMN PIG.
And finally, I want to touch on something that somewhat hits home. The Battle of the Ravine between Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State is the oldest football rivalry in Division II. Separated by 10th Street in Arkadelphia, the two schools absolutely despise one another. Battle of the Ravine week is a tradition unlike any other in D2, and passion-wise, it rivals the most heated matchups in any sport in the country. My younger brother and a good friend of mine go to Henderson State, and I also have friends at OBU. They're pumped, and they should be. The stakes are high this year as Henderson State enters the game 10-0 and #4 in DII, while OBU sits at 7-2, looking to ruin the Reddies perfect season. This rivalry not only captivates the city of Arkadelphia, but the entire nation.