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Media Days: ARKANSAS

Welcome to our first team of the day. They have a really nice stadium and the school was built on a hill.

The coach is Robert ("Bob" or "Bobby") Petrino.

  • Get ready for excitement here. Always a gas, Petrino.

  • On Ryan Mallett: "He's a young man who is a tremendous leader for us. Every week ... he makes two or three throws that make you say: Wow. Nobody else in the country could have made that throw."

  • Their top four receivers are back, though all the back-up guys have graduated. So it'll be freshmen along the second team. That's interesting.

  • Petrino notes that Mallett is something like former Louisville (and NFL) quarterback Brian Brohm. "Brian was really about timing. He doesn't have the arm strength Ryan has. Ryan is a little bit different in that he has the big, strong arm. We actually have to tone him down a little bit ... to tell him not to throw that fastball every time."

  • On what they learned from losing close games last season: "We have to play well on the road. We made a huge step forward when we played at Florida. They don't have to do anything extraordinary; they just have to play Razorback football. We know that the majority of the games are going to come down to the fourth quarter."

  • "I'm not saying we're going to be a ball-control team. What I do believe is: How well you run the ball in the third quarter and fourth quarter -- and how you defend the run in the third quarter and fourth quarter -- makes the difference in those close games."

  • He supports legislation that prevents high-school players from receiving offers before their junior year ends. ``There has to be a lot of thought into it. Will it be a verbal offer or a written offer? A written offer comes out of our office. I can track that. I've never liked the early commitment part -- the way it's changed in the last 10 years."

  • "I like high expectations. You want people to think you're going to be good. You want your players and coaches to be driven by that. I think it's a good thing. The one thing you can't do is shy away from it."

  • On putting Mallett on the cover of Arkansas' media guide ... alone: "The one thing I wanted was for me to not be on the cover."

  • On pimps agents: "It's a concern every single day for coaches. We try to educate our players ... what does an agent do? It's up to us to help them with it."

  • On social media: "It's something we've spent a lot of time educating our players about not doing something stupid. Everybody on our team has to let (the director of football operations) be his friend. There have been times when we had to bring young men in to take something off his Facebook page. It's a new part of the world. I'm confident our players ... will do what's right."

  • On having an off week after playing Alabama: "We messed that up, didn't we?"

  • That's a wrap.

  • BONUS Ryan Mallett says "I didn't want to leave after one season. I didn't think that was ethically right."

  • BONUS Ryan Mallett says "I had an OK year last year."

  • BONUS Ryan Mallett says "I'm obviously not a runner. I move around in the pocket."


Blogger API said...

Who is Arky?

8:33 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Sooooey Substance, that's what

8:35 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

ON Jevan Snead...I mean Ryan Mallet...

8:35 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

So now that the Replay Booth is using an HD Replay, no excuses for bad calls...right?

8:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ask him if he's had any clandestine meetings with the Texas Tech AD.

8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can tell the JG is in Bham and around Bammers. He used the phonetic term "dew" instead of "do".

8:39 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Jet has no problems with Petrino. I'm in the minority in that way.

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Hey QB don't throw a fastball everytime". Been awhile since we've heard that on the Plains.

8:41 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yep, we've had knuckleballers the past few years.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Hoopie- That's because we thought the fast balls were change ups.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once the entire story between Arthur Blank and Petrino came out ..Hoopie had no problem with Petrino leaving Atl.

Everything else was so long ago it doesn't matter anymore.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Hoopie ... I think we've gotten "good air" under many throws recently.

8:44 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Jet- Damon Duval type air?

8:44 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yepremian air?

8:45 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

I heard this jewel at the next table at lunch yesterday:

"I used to like Auburn back when they were good. Now I like Alabama."

Excuse me whilst I go throw up.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Petrino is spot on with that assessment.

8:46 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

you should've slapped that fool ehyou.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

For Chris Todd's sake, I kept wishing he'd break his arm a la Henry Rowengartner in the cheesy kids flick "Rookie of the Year" and come back as a flame thrower.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Duval = Ultimate air.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

This is the first year my QB #12 jersey won't be worth much.

8:49 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

Arkansas is still in the SEC? Who knew?

8:50 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

just looking at Ryan Mallett makes me want to punch him in the face. not sure why. i just don't like him.

8:51 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

"Rookie of the Year" was a cheesy kids flick? Blasphemy.'re now on my list.

8:52 AM  
Blogger NoVaTiger said...

Let's hope that fan sticks with Alabama. We don't need that kind.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I really like Mallett. Just sayin'.

8:54 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...


8:55 AM  
Blogger API said...

Isn't great to be able to go to college and to be told who your friends are?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

E-Bro, if it's anything like Norm's list, I'll take my chances.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

API, I think that's a good idea ... having a coach be able to keep an eye on those pages. I'd do that.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Bob Petrino joined the groups "Abusing Defenses" and "Looking for Jobs."

8:56 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Did I just back up Arkansas twice?

I won't do it again. Promise.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i'm glad the original post can be viewed on the comments page. it takes just over 1 minute for the HABOTN home page to refresh.

so... has Joker Phillips finished speaking yet?

8:58 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Huh? My page refreshes in like 2 seconds.

8:59 AM  
Blogger API said...

Speaking of lists, Arky, LSU, and UGA are on mine as we enter the season. I don't want to lose to anybody, but those three are marked.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

UTC is on my list.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JGT - your page isn't under control of the DoJ

9:01 AM  
Blogger Seanzie said...

UTC. Go Mocs.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

Mockingbirds or moccasins. They can't make their minds up...I'll call them the mockmen as well.

9:02 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

UTC QB B.J. Coleman was on Sport Talk here in the Noog yesterday.

He said Auburn beware. Said that he's coming and Hell's coming with him. HELL'S COMING WITH HIM!!

I may be paraphrasing.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

So if Agents are pimps, what does that make Saban since he used one to move jobs on multiple occasions?

9:03 AM  
Blogger API said...

THT, so there's a BuyMore at the DoJ? Do you need double secret encryption to buy a pack of gum?

9:03 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Question from previous blog:

Weren't they talking about a new rule regarding celebrations and taunting and such? That it would now be a spot foul. It was a very subjective rule. Is that a new rule or not?

9:04 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

B.J. Coleman......


9:05 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

yep, API, BuyMore has a govt contract to manage the PX here. For a few years I couldn't even get HABOTN in the big house, then last week, VOILA! But internet here can be very very VERY slow.

9:08 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

Eduardo ...

Well, his name is NicHOlas Saban.

9:12 AM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Sweet. The Arky St game is going to be on FSN.

My frugality and PPV don't gee-haw.

9:14 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Cincy: That is not a new rule.

9:15 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Enjoyed that last comment from Petrino.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Petrino sounds more comfortable.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

congrats, Jet

9:19 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Thanks, Jay. Am I going crazy or did they talk about making that a rule?

9:21 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Rogers Redding said they only change rules every two years and 2010 isn't one of them.

Had there been a change, he would have discussed it this morning.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Brother Jet said...

If he said there was a rule change, then there was a rule chance. And it was a good rule change.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Eddie said...

The only change that should be made regarding rules is the actually correctly enforcing the rules

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

A source with knowledge of the South Beach/Alabama/UNC/USC deal ... says there are a bunch of players implicated in this.

We're talking 50 or more. Maybe 75.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

... at a bunch of schools that haven't yet been discussed.

I know Auburn is not one of them.

9:30 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

yikes. now that's a party. so, if there are 75 football players, how many strippers were involved. and more importantly, how many pimps?

9:30 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i noticed redding said instant replay will be using an hd feed this year. that is comforting to know they upheld/reversed so many calls using rabbit ears last year. i'm guessing they just watched the tv and depended on the network replays too? i also noticed nothing was said about using an hdtv to view said hd feed.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Chip - the hd feed will go into this

9:36 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

that's one nice stereo THT.

9:41 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

as long as they get the call right!

9:45 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

The officials did float the idea of stricter taunting penalties and we talked about it on this very blog.

I'm Not Crazy

9:45 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

cincy - that proves nothing in regards to your sanity ;-)

9:47 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i have an old tivo directv receiver that will rent them. i has rewind, pause and fast forward capability. if they go with dish network, i think they get the equipment for free. i know they need to look at every penny in today's economy.

9:47 AM  
Blogger API said...

She gets up before dawn to go run and sweat, and still claims that she's not crazy.

9:48 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

Well, THT, you do have a point there. :)

9:48 AM  
Blogger scottie burns said...

yup, that BootCamp will mess u up!

9:49 AM  
Blogger cincytiger said...

OK, I am starting to rethink this crazy status. Maybe I am and I'm just too crazy to know it?

9:50 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

i would think partaygate would serve as a great motivator for AU sophomores & juniors to play well this year. they got dissed if 50-75 players were invited and none from AU. or they may just have a moral compass thanks to tubs and chiz. who knows?

9:50 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

why won't customers leave me alone. Can't they see it's SEC Media Days?!

9:52 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Just b/c Auburn players didn't go doesn't necessarily mean they weren't invited does it?

9:54 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

jgt, question for your source on partaygate: did marvin austin pay for all their trips and provide receipts as he reportedly did for dareus?

also, espn sec media daze coverage reported dareus has NOT be ruled ineligible as previously reported. could this become any more cornfusing?

9:54 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

hence the moral compass statement.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

9:56 AM  
Blogger chip chip said...

jgt, please ask les miles about his thoughts on the oil spill. we all deserve to see that trainwreck live and in person.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Nubs the bear had no hair.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

They called him Nubs because he was born without arms or legs.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

But Nubs was a great improvisor. Shortly after watching an episode of Mr. Science, Nubs learned how to get around by mastering ameboid movement.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Unfortunately, converting all that ectoderm to endoderm, and vice versa, led to some really big hair balls.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

So Nubs ameboided himself to the nearest laser hair removal dive and had every single hair removed from his person. Well, it wasn't his person, but his bear.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The new hairless Nubs could now get around faster than a snail on ice.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

His self confidence soared as his modified means of transportation enabled him to go places he had only seen on TV. Heck, even the girl bears began to take notice.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Nubs became valedictorian of his high school, and then matriculated at Ursidae U., where he majored in astronomy and graduated magna cum grizzly.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Everything was going Nubs's way, or so it seemed. Alas, upon graduation, it seemed that all the good jobs had a dress code requiring facial hair.

10:31 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The only job Nubs was able to land was as a phagocytoser, helping to clean up litter at Jellystone National Park.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

He became despondent and depressed, and rued the day he lost all his hair.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Sure, his pilary-deprived skin made him master of ameboid movement. But unable to land a high paying job in his hairless condition, Nubs was at the end of his rope.

Finally someone came along and yelled

10:38 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


10:38 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thus startling Nubs awake from his deep hibernatory slumber. He had hair! Nubs had hair!!! Laser therapy? Pilary deprivation? It had all been one 3 month long dream! Nubs was so very happy. Of course, he was still completely immobile, as he had been all his life. But at least he had hair, and for that, he was thankful.

10:40 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Nubs' life story always brings me to tears, THT. Thanks.

11:06 AM  

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