Replacing the Draftees – Four Razorbacks were taken in this past year's NFL Draft. We know that, and we know it was better than Texas' draft. But what is Bret Bielema going to do about the departing players? Who will step in and fill the roles of a Travis Swanson, Chris Smith and face mask-smashing Kiero Small? We have answers.
W2W4 In SEC Tournament – Every year the SEC Tournament in Hoover is ultra competitive, but this year it seems as if any team in the 12-team field could make a run and take home the conference title. This season in the SEC was ridiculous. There are way more than a handful of really good baseball teams that can make some noise in a regional should they get in.
I remember seeing a tweet from an LSU baseball writer who said LSU's RPI was 16, which is really, really good. But the Tigers RPI was only good for fifth best in the league. The SEC is loaded with talented teams, and this season's tournament should be one of the best in years. Arkansas will also carry themselves into Hoover ranked No. 20 by Perfect Game, the first time this season the Hogs have been ranked higher than No. 24 all year. They are also one of eight SEC teams in the top 25, according to PG's poll.
No Jalen Beeks, Again – Nope, Arkansas' No. 1 pitcher won't be available for the upcoming SEC Tournament. The thought, at least mine was, was that Beeks was resting up to be ready to go by the time the conference tournament rolled around, but that's not the case. But that's fine, Arkansas is more than capable of winning a couple of games in Hoover sending out Chris Oliver and Trey Killian.
Word after Van Horn's teleconference is that freshman catcher Alex Gosser may get the nod instead of senior Jake Wise. Gosser caught seven innings in the final game of the Missouri doubleheader and tallied a pair of big hits. Blake Baxendale may also not be available. Here are all of the tournament details.
NCAAF - Revising Conference Title Games? – Both the ACC and Big 12 have submitted legislation for the NCAA to loosen the requirements for a conference title game. What they want is the top two teams in the conference play in the league title, and not the division leaders (in the case of the ACC).This would allow for atrocities such as the 2013 ACC title game to not exist anymore, and that would be fantastic, because no one wants to watch that crap.
Folks are far more interested in FSU/Clemson. I could have gotten down with that. If the SEC were to adopt this, which I'm not sure about (because if it ain't broke, don't fix it), Alabama and Auburn would have played for the league title game, just weeks after the Kick 6. Would that have been fair to the other schools like Missouri who earned their way in? Basically, this article from SI goes back to the rule's origin, which is rather sketchy.
Tweet of the Week
This photo caused a lot of conversation, because.. I mean, well, Big Red is destroying his own stadium. And also there was a "translate tweet" button when I first clicked on it. I think Bert was speaking in Hog-anese, or whatever.
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