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Report: “Arkansas Has Found Its Man In Mike Gundy”

Thomas Murphy of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette believes Arkansas AD Jeff Long has finally found his man.  And he is a man.  He’s 40 (and then some):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gundy has a career mark of 66-35 at Oklahoma State, his alma mater.  He built the Cowboys from a four-win team in 2005 to 12-1 last season before falling back to 7-5 this year.

If he leaves OSU for Arkansas, Long will have succeeded in landing a “name” coach for his program.

 

UPDATE – Now here’s one you don’t see everyday.  While Murphy is tweeting that Gundy’s the guy and others are saying he could be introduced tomorrow, longtime Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Wally Hall nixes his co-worker’s claim with this tweet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you needed further proof that coaching searches are impossible to follow in the ridiculous age of Twitter, you don’t get much better than this.

If the announcement is to come today, then it sounds like Hall’s in the camp of folks who believe Boise State’s Chris Petersen is moving to Arkansas.

Oh, to just take a Xanax and wake up when all this nonsense is over.

 

UPDATE II – And here’s the latest from Murphy as he walks back from what he tweeted earlier:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And on and on it goes.

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Arkansas-Oklahoma Lacks Hype

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FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas and Oklahoma meet tonight at Bud Walton Arena, but it doesn’t have the same appeal as when these two storied basketball programs have met in the past.

Both programs have come upon hard times in the last couple of years. Following a trip to the Elite Eight two seasons ago, Oklahoma failed to make the postseason last season and lost several of its top players following the season.

Arkansas has had back-to-back losing campaigns and has failed to draw more than 7,000 fans to an on-campus game this year.

Despite coming back from seven points down with just more than a minute to play last Friday, the Razorbacks were unable to beat Alabama-Birmingham, falling 70-65 in overtime at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. It was an ugly game for Arkansas (3-1), which shot 38 percent from the floor, including 3 of 21 from 3-point range.

The Sooners (3-3) are coming off a week-long break after losing three straight in their trip to the Maui Invitational last week to Kentucky, Virginia and Division-II host school Chaminade. It’s is a young team, and as Bob Holt pointed out in this morning’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Oklahoma has just one senior and nine newcomers this year.

“Any win for us right now would be big,” Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said earlier this week.

The match-up is the last in the current four-year agreement between the two schools, though Razorbacks coach John Pelphrey said he wouldn’t rule out the border rivals renewing the series next season.

Arkansas leads the all-time series 13-11, though Oklahoma has won six of the last seven meetings, including a 67-47 win last year.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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Tom Murphy Top 25 Poll

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Editor’s Note: Each week Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is one of 60 voters in the Associated Press Top 25. His picks are published each Sunday in the Slophouse.

Tom Murphy, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, AP poll, Nov. 28

1. Oregon

2. Auburn

3. Wisconsin

4. TCU

5. Stanford

6. Arkansas

7. LSU

8. Ohio State

9. Boise State

10. Michigan State

11. South Carolina

12. Nebraska

13. Oklahoma

14. Alabama

15. Oklahoma State

16. Missouri

17. Virginia Tech

18. Texas A&M

19. Nevada

20. Florida State

21. Mississippi State

22. Tulsa

23. West Virginia

24. Northern Illinois

25. Hawaii

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Madden Will Sign Friday

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Just hours after saying he wouldn’t sign until April, East Poinsett County guard Rashad “Ky” Madden said Tuesday afternoon he will sign with Arkansas on Friday. The fall National Signing Period begins tomorrow.

Madden, who is ranked the No. 29 player overall in the ESPNU100, is one of five commitments to the Razorbacks basketball program in the class of 2011, including three highly-touted recruits from in-state. He verbally committed to Arkansas over Ole Miss in September, but those commitments are non-binding until a letter of intent is signed.

Madden (6-5, 170) said earlier Tuesday he was still committed to the Razorbacks, but was concerned about the number of guards at the school.

“In April, the season is pretty much over with and I can compare myself with all of the other guards,” Madden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas’ recruiting class has garnered high reviews from analysts across the country. Last week the Razorbacks were said to have the second-best recruiting class in the nation by ESPN, behind only Kentucky.

The other four verbal commitments are expected to sign with Arkansas during the upcoming signing period, which ends Nov. 17.

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Madden Won’t Sign Early

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East Poinsett County guard Rashad “Ky” Madden will not sign with Arkansas in the early signing period, which begins tomorrow, according to reports by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Hawgs Illustrated.

Madden, who is ranked the No. 29 player overall in the ESPNU100, is one of five commitments to the Razorbacks basketball program in the class of 2011, including three highly-touted recruits from in-state. He verbally committed to Arkansas over Ole Miss in October, but those commitments are non-binding.

Madden (6-5, 170) said he is still committed to the Razorbacks and as of now will sign with the team in April, but is concerned about the number of guards at the school.

“In April, the season is pretty much over with and I can compare myself with all of the other guards,” Madden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas’ recruiting class has garnered high reviews from analysts across the country. Last week the Razorbacks were said to have the second-best recruiting class in the nation by ESPN, behind only Kentucky.

The other four verbal commitments are expected to sign with Arkansas during the upcoming signing period, which ends Nov. 17.

For more visit WholeHogSports.com. You can follow Matt Jones on Twitter @NWAMatt.

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