Basketball sure is a lot more fun to watch when guys can shoot. That’s the thing that gives the Hogs a fighting chance this season. This is by far the best shooting team Mike Anderson has fielded at Arkansas. The best sign most recently has been the emergence of Rashad Madden. Madden is beginning to gain confidence as a shooter, and that could change the game for the Razorbacks and their opponents come SEC play. Madden’s always had it in him, and now as a junior is fulfilling all that promise.
Great football banquet Friday night! 20 seniors were honored, and special awards were presented team wide. It was the first banquet in what will become an annual event. I’m not the first to say it, but when you see these guys out of uniform, in a suit and tie sitting with their parents, you realize they really are just kids. They operate under enormous pressure, and it was good to see them have a night of fun as a family.
And finally, did anyone really think Saban was going to leave Alabama for Texas?!? Texas ain’t what it used to be, and Alabama is the premier job in the premier conference. There’s a big difference between the SEC and the Big 12, and Saban is smart enough to know that. The Horns have been passed by both the Aggies and Baylor in the Lone Star state pecking order, and it won’t be as easy to pick up the pieces this time. The SEC is the home of the best coaches in college football, and they are paid accordingly. No coach in his right mind walks away from that to lead the third-best program in another state.