FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former Arkansas defensive lineman Geno Bell will join Chuck Barrett and Quinn Grovey on the IMG Razorback Sports Network for the 2017 football season. Bell will serve as the radio sideline reporter, taking over the role from former Razorback quarterback Grovey, who will be in his first year as the network’s color analyst.
“As a former student-athlete and graduate of the U of A, some of the best times of my life were spent being a Hog,” Bell said. “I learned invaluable life lessons on and off the field that have positively influenced my personal and professional life – one of the most important being to always recognize the privilege and responsibility of representing something larger than yourself.
“I am humbled knowing that this first-class athletic program could have selected from rosters full of worthy men and women. It is an honor and my sincere pleasure to be invited back to be a part of the Razorback Family that I love so much. I look forward to engaging all of the Arkansas Razorback fans as the new sideline reporter for the upcoming 2017 football season.”
Bell was a four-year letterwinner for the Razorbacks. Bell played at Arkansas from 1993-95 and finished his career in 1997 after suffering an injury before the start of the 1996 season. He finished his collegiate career with 185 tackles, including 28 for loss, 11 sacks, four pass breakups and three fumble recoveries. Bell ranks tied for 22nd in school history in career tackles for loss and tied for 19th in career sacks.
In 1995, Bell helped Arkansas to an SEC Western Division title, finishing the year with 89 tackles, including 10 for loss. He also contributed a team-high 10 tackles for loss in 1997 and added eight quarterback hurries. Following his collegiate career, Bell played in the NFL with the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns. Bell returned to Arkansas after his playing career and is a senior director of transportation at the worldwide headquarters of Walmart in Bentonville.
“Geno will be a great addition to our outstanding IMG Razorback Sports Network radio broadcast team,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. “As a former defensive lineman, he will provide valuable insight to our listeners while complimenting Quinn’s perspective from the offensive side of the football. Geno was not only a part of our first SEC Western Division championship team, he has demonstrated how a degree from the University of Arkansas can launch a successful professional career. He has an engaging personality and I know that our fans will enjoy reconnecting with this former Razorback on the broadcasts this season.”
Barrett is enter his 11th season as the Razorbacks’ football play-by-play voice while Grovey will be entering his 20th overall season on the network, including his first as a color analyst.