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Martin edges Edwards for Sprint Cup pole at Richmond 400 tonight


Mark Martin (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for

Mark Martin, the 53-year-old Arkansas native continues to be a threat on the NASCAR circuit.

Martin turned the second-fastest lap on his first run on Friday at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia.

He then pushed Carl Edwards to the outside of the front row with a lap at 128.327 mph to win the pole for tonight’s Sprint Cup race at 7 p.m. on FOX-TV.

One of NASCAR’s most-popular drivers, Martin now has 52 poles in his career to go with 40 wins and 441 Top Ten finishes.

He drives the #55 Aaron’s Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing.

Mark Martin's #55 Aaron's Toyota (photo by Chris Graythen of Getty Images for



Info compiled from NASCAR Sprint Cup, Richmond International Raceway, Radio & TV news reports

Arkansas fires football coach Petrino


Bobby Petrino (photo by RebelAt via wikipedia commons)

Bobby Petrino’s tenure as head football coach at Arkansas has ended over lies and misdeeds.

Athletic director Jeff Long told the media and Razorback fans on Tuesday night that Petrino’s firing was due to several factors, hiring his mistress, infidelity, workplace favoritism and not being truthful about the motorcycle accident. Coach Petrino waited too long to come clean.

Petrino, who is 51, is married and a father of four children, had a secret relationship with Jessica Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball star. He even gave a gift of $20,000 from his own money, not the university’s it had been discovered. It was deemed a gift, the athletic director said.

Dorrell, worked for the Razorbacks Foundation before she was hired by Petrino on March 28 (See press release below), four days before their motorcycle accident on a winding rural Arkansas road. According to Long, Dorrell was one of three finalists out of 159 interested applicants and was hired in a shorter time frame than usual.

Long also stated that Petrino never told him about a conflict of interest in hiring Dorrell, or that she had an unfair advantage in getting the job over the other candidates.

Dorrell’s job title is student-athlete development coordinator for the Arkansas football program. He is paid $55,735 a year to organize on-campus recruiting visits for the team and assist in the initial eligibility requirements for each incoming player.

Long would not say anything about Dorrell’s future job status.

Petrino was in the middle of a seven-year contract, paying him $3.53 million per year. There was a clause in the deal which gave Arkansas the right to fire or suspend him for negative conduct which affects the university and or the athletics program. Long informed him through a letter Tuesday afternoon that he was going to be fired.

Petrino will finish at Arkansas with a 34-17 record in four seasons.

Assistant head coach Taver Johnson, who recently left Ohio State, will continue to lead the football team during spring practices, which will culminate with the spring game on April 21. With the staff’s status up in the air if Arkansas brings in another head coach, Long has asked all of the staff, including Petrino’s brother, Paul, to remain through the spring game.


Info compiled from Arkansas athletics, Jeff Long press conference, Radio & TV news




FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas football head coach Bobby
Petrino announced Wednesday the hiring of Jessica Dorrell as
Student-Athlete Development Coordinator.

“Jessica Dorrell will be a great addition to our football program,” said
Coach Petrino. “As a former student-athlete she has an enthusiasm for the
Razorbacks and is familiar with what the University of Arkansas can offer.
She is extremely organized and has a professional approach, which should
translate well into our program and recruiting as we continue to place an
emphasis on this area.”

As Student-Athlete Development Coordinator, Dorrell will organize the
recruiting process for the football team, including initial eligibility
for each incoming student-athlete. She also will plan and organize all
official and unofficial recruiting visits while assisting with the daily
operations of the Razorback football program.

Dorrell, a former All-SEC performer for the Razorback volleyball team,
joins the football program from the Razorback Foundation, where she served
as assistant director for women’s athletics and was the first female
member of the fundraising staff. In her role with the Razorback
Foundation, Dorrell cultivated relationships with current and future
members, mainly contributors to women’s athletics and men’s Olympic
sports, and saw donations to women’s sports annual fund grow 26 percent
and a 118-percent rise in men’s Olympic sports annual fund. She also
oversaw the planning and execution of the Red Tie Salute to Excellence
Event, which in three years raised a net profit of more than $100,000, and
managed appearances at Razorback Clubs throughout the state.

Dorrell lettered in volleyball for the Razorbacks from 2004-07 and served
as a team captain. She earned second-team All-SEC recognition and ESPN The
Magazine Academic All-District honors in 2007 and was named to the SEC
All-Freshman Team in 2004. One of only 15 members of Arkansas’ 1,000-kill
club, Dorrell ranks eighth on the school’s all-time career kills list with
1,310. She was part of three NCAA Tournament teams and helped lead the
2005 team into the second round and a 21-12 overall record.

Dorrell graduated from Arkansas in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in
finance and marketing. She completed her master’s in business
administration at Arkansas in 2010.


St. Louis area RB Elliott chooses Ohio State over other Big 10 schools, Arkansas & Notre Dame


Ezekial Elliott (courtesy of 247 Sports)

The Ohio State Buckeyes continue to attract recruits for the 2013 class.

The most recent commitment comes from Ezekiel Elliott of the St. Louis area.

The 6 feet, 200-pound running back becomes the sixth member of the 2013 class and the first running back.

Elliott was being recruited by all Big Ten schools plus Arkansas and Notre Dame.

He runs a 4.4-second in the 40-yard dash.

During the 2011 season, Elliott rushed for 1,800, caught 23 passes for 400 yards and scored 48 touchdowns.

His national rating as a running back is either a 3-star or 4-star player and a top 20 as far as running backs go.


Info compiled from Radio, TV & Recruiting news

Bengals add to defensive line by signing free agent Anderson


Jamaal Anderson with Atlanta Falcons (2009 photo by Chrisjnelson via wikipedia commons)

Jamaal Anderson (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

The Cincinnati Bengals continue to improve their defensive line by signing end Jamaal Anderson formerly of the Indianapolis Colts over the weekend.

The 6’6, 272-pound Anderson was the Atlanta Falcons’ first-round pick in 2007 out of Arkansas where he skipped his senior year to enter the NFL Draft.

He played four seasons in Atlanta before going to the Colts in 2011. He started one game for Indianapolis and had three sacks overall.


Info compiled from Cincinnati Bengals & NFL news

Arkansas Razorbacks complete first 2012 baseball practice

Press release courtesy of Arkansas athletics



FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The No. 4 Arkansas baseball team held its first practice of the 2012 preseason on Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.


Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn met with members of the media before practice and talked about the great weather that greeted the team as spring practice opened.



“I think this is the first time in several years that we’ll be able to get outside and get a lot of work in,” Coach Van Horn said. “It seems like we’ve been pretty charmed this year. We’ll be going full blast with practice and scrimmages this weekend.”

Baum Stadium @ George Cole Field at U of Arkansas in 2007 (photo by Brandonrush via wikipedia commons)

The Razorbacks will enjoy three weeks of practice before getting the season started on Friday, Feb. 17 against Villanova. Coach Van Horn said the team is anxious to get underway.


“I know our players are looking forward to getting the season started,” Coach Van Horn said. “I felt like in the middle of last year when the young guys were playing so well that 2012 could be a great year. I think we’re ready to roll.”


The Razorbacks practiced for three hours on Friday. After opening with some defensive drills, Arkansas closed the practice with an intrasquad scrimmage.


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