These side issues like playing ASU, WMS silliness, academics, all-sports rankings, new uniforms, new facilities, etc. are all slightly interesting. But just slightly.
The reason people long for the “good old days” and pine for some of the rather stale traditions up on the Hill is that Arkansas used to win football games. All of that evokes good memories, feelings and thoughts.
Except for a brief time recently with Coach Petrino, there hasn’t been any big-time football winning at all in Fayetteville. As I’ve said repeatedly, winning needs to be prioritized as much as possible. Every single decision UA football management makes needs to be with any eye towards more wins. If playing at WMS and/or playing ASU means more wins, then fine. Do it. If not, then don’t do it.
And tell everyone why you’re not doing it. It would be refreshing for an AD or coach, for once, to come out and say, “Look, we’ve sucked at football since 2012 and going forward every single decision we make is going to be based on trying to achieve more wins.” Or, “we’re not playing any more games in Little Rock because it detracts from winning.” Or, “we’re not playing ASU because that doesn’t help our football program win games.” That is the right response and needs to be the mantra of the UA athletic department. It’s one that can be sold to everyone in each corner of Arkansas. How that can be debated? All is right in Arkansas when Razorback football is winning.
Instead, for the last several years we’ve gotten sterile, corporate speak from Jeff Long about supporting a terrible football coach in Bielema, the importance of “student athletes” and their academic accomplishments, massive fundraising (some of which is excessive), including the need to spend millions to renovate WMS. None of that translates into more wins. I would hope all of that is why Long was fired.
I am about to turn 55 so that means I was a 1-year-old in 1964 and a 6-year-old in 1969.
I remember absolutely nothing live about those two games other than what I have read or watched - same as Bo. Heck, I’m sure he has talked to more of the participants than I have over the years.
Even if I had, the car wreck and brain surgery would have wiped it out. I didn’t even know who my parents were for awhile, much less who made a tackle. Most of my childhood memories are gone and I rely on others and newspaper stories to fill me in.
Bo has now been here 27 years. It’s not as if he moved here yesterday. He is very clued in on things within the athletic department. He is a sharp, successful guy who is a company and a brand - not just a radio host.
We certainly don’t agree all the time, but I absolutely hate the insider-outsider thing when it comes to our state - just as I hate the Yankee-Southerner argument.
People who move to our state, contribute and enrich the texture and fabric of our state should be applauded - not ridiculed as being an outsider.
As I have said often, the Civil War is not at halftime.
Frank Broyles didn’t grow up in Arkansas. Nor did Nolan Richardson. Or Bobby Petrino and so on and so on. But they came to Arkansas and made the state better.
To think that you can’t move to a state and become informed about things (especially in 27 years) is something I just don’t understand.
No, only twice, right? Danny Ford had them in the SECG once, I think. One time Nutt backed into it because Bama I think was on probation. He did have a legit chance when Reggie Fish fumbled the punt against Florida. Brutal. I’ll give HDN some credit. It’s due. But I’m talking about big-time, real winning. Petrino got us to a BCS game. That is big time to me.
I can’t pick up Bo’s show anyomre, unless he’s on a radio station in LR I’m not aware of. However, I don’t think UA fans need Bo’s permission to leave. If they want to, they will.
I don’t expect us to play as well as Alabama anymore. There was a time I did. Back when we were a top program & Alabama was at least human. We’re not “top” anymore. However, I do think we can get there. It’ll take the right coach & enough players who want to give us a chance. (A good crop of Ark recruits who consider state loyalty, etc a bigger issue than it is to play for Alabama or Auburn, etc.) I hope Morris is that coach. If he is, I think we can get the players. We might not become Alabama, but we can be one of the top SEC teams.
Personally, I’d be happy with consistent 8-4 with a 10-2 every 5-6 years & 11-1 or even 12-0 every 10-15 years.
Truth here - His Vested Interest as a “professional” radio host is “good radio”
I enjoy the show but I cringe at some of the callers - I really enjoy the guest from out of state, the coaches and players he has on
I enjoy Clay - who reminds me of his Dad and I enjoy Matt Jones - who in my personal oppion is a true professional - I observe Matt to focus simply on facts and presenting them in ways without berating or attacking a caller or writer
With Bo I don’t know if he understands that there was Orville Henry who was a “professional” and a person who was a fan of the Arkansas people - with the Razorbacks as a rallying place for them
I miss Orville Henry - we could trust him
Bo I trust to be interested in good radio and that means he may manipulate fans to make that happen and of course he has to protect his standing in the “professional” guild - he can talk down to fans because as a professional he is above that so he can have good optics
That’s pretty cynical of me - If I had a beer with him - bet I would like him
Edit later: I’ve been too harsh and cynical on Bo - not going to edit out my original comments - I need to own them
But this IS the great Evil of Boards and Siciak media - we can reduce people to cartoons if we are not careful - and I am not innocent - but I’ll leave my original post but I do so only as a perception not as the reality of the man Bo Mattingly must be as a Man - Husband- Father - it’s too easy simply to see him as a sports talk personality - there is much more