FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas defensive coordinator Keith Burns was named head football coach at the University of Tulsa during a Tuesday afternoon press confernce at the TU campus.
“Keith is like a brother to me,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nut said.” I hate that he is leaving, but I knew that the day was coming. He has done some great things for the University of Arkansas, and I know that he’ll do great things for the University of Tulsa. Tulsa is very fortunate to have a man like Keith to turn the program around. We’ll miss him, but we wish he and his family the very best.”
Senior middle linebacker Jamel Harris expressed his thoughts of Burns’ new position.
“It is sad to see him leave, but we knew that he had to do it,” Harris said. “He had to do the best thing for him and his family. Coach Burns is one of my most favorite coaches, and this is the best thing for him and his family.”
Continuing to concentrate on their Cotton Bowl match up with Texas, the Razorbacks continued light workouts Tuesday afternoon in the Walker Pavilion.
“Right now, what we are doing is getting them back into the swing of calls, the verbiage part of calling the plays, running the routes and making sure that they know what they are doing,” assistant coach Joe Ferguson said. “We are also getting a lot of the younger guys in here and giving them a little extra time. Come Saturday we will get back into our old practice scheme.”
The Razorbacks have also a stringent workout schedule that includes lifting weights and running. The physical condition of the Hogs this far from the Cotton Bowl game is not a concern of the coaching staff.
“They are lifting weights and running, five days a week this week, so their conditioning should be better than it was during the season,” Ferguson said. “It shouldn’t be a problem.”
The Hogs will battle the Texas Longhorns Jan. 1, in the 64th Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl. Tickets will continue to sell while supplies last. Tickets, which are $60 each, may be ordered by phone at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) by using Visa, Mastercard or Discover.
Kickoff at the 68,252-seat Cotton Bowl is set for 10 a.m. with Fox Sports televising the game.