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Another Day, Another Exit From Arkansas’ Football Team

Add another name to the list.  Offensive lineman Seth Oxner has decided to end his playing career with one year of eligibility still remaining and — by doing so — has become the sixth Arkansas footballer to leave the program in the past two weeks.

Oxner started all 13 games at center for the Razorbacks in 2009 but served as a backup at that position last year.  He figured to do the same this year.  Having already graduated, Oxner is expected by some to enroll at Arkansas-Monticello and play ball for the Boll Weevils in the fall.

Fellow O-lineman Cam Feldt was one of the five players given a scholarship release by the Hogs last week.  Coincidentally, the Razorbacks brought in five offensive linemen in their most recent signing class.

While there’s no way to know which of the six recently released UA players asked for their release — and which were “encouraged” to depart — Jim Harris of ArkansasSports360.com correctly points out that “It’s highly unlikely any of these transferring athletes were told back in their living rooms by college recruiters that they were being given two years to produce or they’d be shown the door.”

Some see no problems with players getting cut and unofficially run off if it means their hometown team will better in the fall.  “You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette,” as the old saying goes. 

But “roster management” issues like the comings and goings at Arkansas and other SEC programs this spring are exactly what Mike Slive, Bernie Machen, Greg McGarity and other SEC pooh-bahs will be discussing in depth at this year’s SEC Meetings.

 




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