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Report: Top Scorer Clarke Asks For Release From Arkansas

On June 1st, folks in the Ozarks were wondering if Mike Anderson was going to have too many players and not enough scholarships on his first Arkansas basketball team.

Things have changed.

Glenn Bryant (who’s transferring to Eastern Michigan) and Jeff Peterson have left the program in the last two weeks.  The eligibility of incoming Top 100 recruit Aaron Ross is now in question.  And the Hogs leading scorer from a year ago might be on his way out, too.

According to Shawn Arnell of The Arkansas Radio Network, long-distance gunner Rotnei Clarke has asked for his release from Arkansas.  Yesterday, UA officials refused to comment on the report.  But on Wednesday, Clarke’s father had asked “not really” when asked by the media if his son was planning to transfer.

However, Clarke has asked for a release previously.  He did so when John Pelphrey was fired, before Anderson was hired.

Clarke has started 91 of his 92 games in Fayetteville, averaged 15.2 points per game last year and holds the school record with 51 points in a 2009-10 game against Alcorn State.

Clearly, Clarke is one of the best shooters in the Southeastern Conference and he’s also the kind of player others rally around.  Losing Clarke would be a gut shot to Anderson’s first Razorback squad.

Stay tuned…

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Eligibility Of Hogs’ Hoops Signee Ross In Doubt

John Pelphrey put it together.  New coach Mike Anderson held it together.  But now Arkansas’ top 10 signing class might take a hit due to academics. 

It seems signee Aaron Ross — a top 100 prospect from Little Rock – was not able to take a specialized ACT last weekend.  Ross has a learning disability and was hoping to take an untimed, verbal exam, according to Matt Jones of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  But paperwork which would allow him to take that test was not turned in on time.

As a result, Ross will probably have to head to the juco or prep school route if he eventually wants to suit up for the Razorbacks.

Ah, but there’s another side to this story.  Ross says that taking the untimed test “wasn’t the plan.”  Even so, according to The Arkansas News Bureau, “Ross did confirm he took another timed ACT last Saturday and was waiting for results.”

“I’m not worried about that,” Ross stated.  “I will be there as soon as I get all of this situated.”

Uh, yeah.

If Ross isn’t cleared, UA will have only 11 scholarship players on its roster next season.  If that’s the case, expect Arkansas to take its recently handed-down APR penalty next season, as well.

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SEC Headlines – 6/8/11 Part Three

1.  Remember when Terrelle Pryor had to promise to return to Ohio State for his senior year just so he could play against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl?  Well, now he’s leaving OSU and some folks in the Natural State have noticed.  (Good Lord that was a terrible, unjust, stupid ruling by the NCAA in the first place.)

2.  The Hogs’ basketball roster still isn’t completely set as freshman Aaron Ross still has some academic work to do.

3.  Here’s one writer’s list of five potential SEC upsets this fall.

4.  And here are five more potential upset picks.

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Anderson Holds On To All Of Pelphrey’s Signees

When Arkansas fired John Pelphrey last month, there was a natural fear that some members of his Top 10 recruiting class might change their minds about the Razorbacks.

No need to worry.

According to Andy Katz of, new coach Mike Anderson has convinced all five players in Pelphrey’s class to honor their pacts with UA.  There is a small but, however:

According to at least once (sic) source with knowledge of the situation, there are two players in the class — (Aaron) Ross and (BJ) Young — who still have to get eligible through the normal NCAA process.  Assuming they do, Arkansas will have a stellar freshman class to build Anderson’s base for the next few seasons.

Even if those two players do not become eligible, that can’t be placed around Anderson’s neck.  He did what he had to do in convincing all five players to come to Fayetteville.  He’s only been in the job for a couple of weeks, but so far the Hogs’ new coach is batting a thousand.

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