Tag:Arkansas
Posted on: September 10, 2009 2:59 pm
Edited on: September 10, 2009 3:06 pm
 

And the Inappropriate Tweet of the Day goes to ..


A Twitter account that seems to belong to an Arkansas basketball player has added to the controversy coming from rape allegations levied against three student-athletes.

The Arkansas Times reported it found the Tweet via tweleted.com.

Deadspin.com attributed the Tweet to Cfortson4 .

That account appears to belong to Arkansas sophomore Courtney Fortson.

The Tweet was filed Monday, two days before the rape allegations went public.

It has since been deleted.

But here is what it said: "Im gettin it at workouts like a dude who doesnt understand the word no from a drunk girl lol"

LOL, indeed.

Wow.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Arkansas
 
Posted on: December 31, 2008 10:30 am
 

Dear Gary (on Arkansas)

Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Thanks for the kind words (and for taking back how wrong you were about Courtney Fortson, etc.). You can't fault the guys that picked (Arkansas) to finish last in the SEC West. We lost more than 80 percent of our scoring (including Patrick Beverley, who was showing signs of greatness), began the season with no seniors, and have nobody over 6-foot-9. Not that Dana Altman isn't a great coach, but we are thankful everyday he chose to go back to Creighton and (that) we "had to settle" for (John) Pelphrey.

-- W

First, let me say this: I never thought Fortson sucked; it's just that I thought his statistics might be misleading when compared to other freshmen because he happens to be on a team that needs him to do so much right now, and because he had played against 10 consecutive average-to-bad opponents. Beyond that, he's little-bitty, and he didn't enter college with a DeMar DeRozan/Greg Monroe type of reputation, all of which made it reasonable to question his numbers.

So I was skeptical.

But I'm not anymore.

I mean, all those things I mentioned above remain true. But I watched Fortson control a game against the fourth-ranked team in the country, and he did it without making shots. That's the sign of a great point guard, somebody who can control a game without making shots. So I'm a believer, and I love the way he's ALWAYS getting in the lane, collapsing the defense, making things happen, and then rebounding out of his position despite being 5-11. Just a really fun player to watch, and I can't wait to see if he can continue to emerge and keep this Arkansas team headed in the right direction.

As for the preseason predictions, those were probably fair; I think even John Pelphrey would acknowledge that. The Hogs lost all five starters, and that's hard to overcome. But Fortson has been spectacular, Rotnei Clarke is looking like a guy who was wise to pass on Oral Roberts, Michael Washington has developed well, Stefan Welsh is a solid third option, and now Arkansas is getting valuable minutes from former football player Marcus Monk.

How many of those five things I just mentioned did most reasonable people think would materialize?

One or two, at best.

So the skepticism was warranted, and this still could turn the other way for a variety of reasons. But Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel pointed out how experience isn't as important as talent these days, and that Arkansas has talent. And then Pelphrey mentioned how his guys have great chemistry on and off the court, and that's something worth noting. So in summary, I like what I've seen from Arkansas, and I'm looking forward to seeing more.

One last thing: I'm glad you mentioned Dana Altman, not because I'm interested in debating whether he would've been better or worse than Pelphrey, or whatever, but because I saw a funny clip on YouTube last night when I was looking for some Arkansas-related stuff. I'm not sure how old the clip is, and I'm certain Creighton fans have seen it. But apparently former Creighton star Kyle Korver was hosting some sort of dinner or meeting for his foundation, and he took a moment to goof of Altman, who famously accepted the Arkansas job on April 2, 2007 but opted to return to Creighton a day later.

Anyway, I won't further ruin it.

Just click this link and take a look.

Pretty good stuff.

Posted on: August 8, 2008 7:35 pm
 

Arkansas just got a lot worse

LOS ANGELES -- Bad news out of Arkansas today.

Sources have told CBSSports.com that the school is expected to announce late Friday that Patrick Beverley will miss the 2008-09 season because of academic reasons, meaning the Hogs will be without six of the top seven scorers from last season's team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Beverley averaged 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a sophomore and is considered one of the better guards in the country. Now he's one of the better unavailable guards -- which isn't good for John Pelphrey, whose rebuilding situation will be tougher than previously expected.

Posted on: June 3, 2008 11:19 pm
Edited on: June 4, 2008 12:42 am
 

Eight schools in play for Iowa State transfer


Iowa State standout Wesley Johnson has been granted a release to transfer to any one of eight schools.

On the list are Arkansas, Connecticut, Marquette, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia. Fine programs, all of them. But it was hard not to notice that Kentucky, Alabama and TCU were not included because those have been the three schools most connected to Johnson in recent weeks, so much so that sources have told CBSSports.com that the Iowa State staff privately felt behind-the-scenes tampering could've led to Johnson's initial decision to transfer.

Obviously, there is no proof. That's why everybody has mostly been quiet. But it appears ISU made it clear to Johnson that Kentucky, Alabama and TCU were not schools to which it would automatically release him. Otherwise, those institutions would've certainly made the list.
Posted on: May 22, 2008 5:44 pm
Edited on: May 22, 2008 6:43 pm
 

Lots of people go to Kentucky basketball games


The final figures are in: Kentucky led the nation in attendance this season. Again. It marks the 12th time in 13 years that the Wildcats have led in attendance, a statistic that demonstrates how UK has the most committed fans in the country ... and a really big home arena.

Kentucky averaged 22,554 fans to top the list by more than 2,000 people per game.

Interestingly, three of the top eight schools are from the SEC.

The entire Top 10 is below:

1. Kentucky (22,554)

2. North Carolina (20,497)

3. Syracuse (20,345)

4. Tennessee (20,267)

5. Louisville (19,481)

6. Maryland (17,950)

7. Wisconsin (17,190)

8. Arkansas (17,148)

9. Indiana (16,876)

10. Memphis (16,748)
Posted on: March 14, 2008 12:36 pm
 

Yesterday was a good for Arkansas and Kentucky


John Pelphrey and Billy Gillispie must've sat around Thursday loving how the day unfolded because the teams coached by those men -- Arkansas and Kentucky -- are on the top end of the bubble (if there is such a thing) and practically everybody below them lost Thursday while the Hogs and Wildcats enjoyed first-round byes in the SEC tournament.

So if both schools lose Friday, yeah, they'll drop.

But could they really drop below all the other teams that dropped Thursday?

I doubt it. And the other great thing is that pretty much every bubble team is finished building its body of work outside of Temple, Saint Joseph's, Virginia Tech and perhaps Florida State. In other words, Arkansas and Kentucky are going to have a hard time dropping below the teams that lost yesterday that were already below them and there isn't a slew of schools on the outside of the bubble charging into the weekend.

Consequently, it seems Arkansas and Kentucky are probably safe regardless of the outcomes of their Friday games.

Still, my advice is to win them if you can.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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