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The domino effects of the Big 12 adding four new members by next July

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2020s conference realignment has been crazy. Here are five collegiate athletic conferences that have been impacted the ever-changing college football landscape:

The American Athletic Conference added Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UTSA to replace the likes of Central Florida, Cincinnati, and Houston who left for the Big 12. The six schools joining will officially be members by July 1, 2023.

Here’s what the league will look like in 2023-2024:
*Basketball-only member*
Alabama-Birmingham
Charlotte
Eastern Carolina
Florida Atlantic
Memphis
North Texas
Rice
South Florida
Southern Methodist
Temple
Tulane
Tulsa
*Wichita State*
Texas-San Antonio

The Big 12 will add football independent BYU along with three American Athletic members Central Florida, Cincinnati, and Houston in July of 2023 to try to replace the likes of Oklahoma and Texas. The Sooners and Longhorns will join at the very latest in July of 2025 but could leave by each school paying $75-$80 million dollars each to exit early. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey explained to the media at 2022 SEC Media Days that their plan to join the league in 2025, as expected.

Here’s what the league will look like in 2025-2026:
Baylor
BYU
Central Florida
Cincinnati
Houston
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
Texas Christian
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Similarly to the Big 12 in 2023, the Conference USA will add Jacksonville State (FCS), Liberty (Independent), New Mexico State (Independent), and Sam Houston State (FCS) next July. The CUSA lost six schools including Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, North Texas, Rice, UAB, and UTSA to the American, and Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss to the Sun Belt. All schools will be joining their respective conferences in July of 2023. According to multiple reports, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky will remain in the conference after interest in MAC as well as remaining members Florida International, Louisiana Tech, and UTEP. With only nine conference members entering 2023, the conference is expected to look at expanding with Connecticut and Massachusetts, both whom are independent football schools per a Saturday Down South report.

Here’s what the league will look like in 2023-2024:
Florida International
Jacksonville State
Liberty
Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee State
New Mexico State
Sam Houston State
Texas-El Paso
Western Kentucky

The SEC started realignment in 2020s by sending shockwaves through the sport by adding two of the biggest (and winningest) brands in college football in Oklahoma and Texas. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has said that he does not plan on expanding beyond the Sooners and Longhorns but any smart person would know that the SEC has to be planning beyond their 2025 additions with scheduling changes, NIL Rules, the transfer portal, and a potential new College Football Playoff contract and bracket beyond 2025.

Here’s what the league will look like in 2025-2026:
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Mississippi State
Missouri
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

The Sun Belt got involved in realignment by adding CUSA members Marshall, Old Dominion, and Southern Miss and FCS football power James Madison to a conference that got smaller when non-football members Arkansas-Little Rock and Texas-Arlington joined the Ohio Valley and Western Athletic Conferences respectively. All other members stayed intact.

Here’s what the league will look like in 2023-2024:
Appalachian State
Arkansas State
Coastal Carolina
Georgia Southern
Georgia State
James Madison
Marshall
Louisiana-Lafayette
Louisiana-Monroe
Old Dominion
South Alabama
Southern Miss
Texas State
Troy

Media Rights News:

According to an Athletic report, the Big Ten “is likely to partner with NBC and CBS”. Fox, who has broadcasted the Big Ten’s top college football game every Saturday during the fall over the last stretch of years, locked up rights to the conference a few months ago. Notably, ESPN pulled out of negotiations with the Big Ten, ending a forty year run of coverage of both football and basketball in the conference. With the CBS and NBC deals, it is expected that a Big Ten college football Saturday will look like this come when their current deals ends in 2023: A noon eastern game on Fox, a 3:30 PM eastern time game on CBS and prime time on NBC. Outside of the SEC, a Stewart Mandel tweet suggests that the game day in the southern part of the country looks like this: A noon eastern game on ABC/ESPN (SEC), a 3:30 PM eastern time game on ABC/ESPN (SEC), as well as a prime time SEC or ACC game on ABC/ESPN.

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Who will be Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn’s successor when he retires?

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Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn has had as much success as anyone in the country. Van Horn has led Arkansas to multiple College Baseball World Series appearances, but he has not won the elusive College World Series title. He will probably coach at least until he wins it, but now that the legendary coach is 60 years old, he could retire at any time. When that time comes, here are the coaches that would be the top candidates to follow in Van Horn’s footsteps:

Tony Vitello, Tennessee head coach
Tony Vitello assisted Dave Van Horn on Arkansas’ coaching staff from 2014-2017. In four seasons in Fayetteville, Arkansas made it to the NCAA Tournament two times and made one appearance in Omaha. Vitello’s infamous Volunteers team that went 57-9 during the 2022 season raised many questions in college baseball but also vastly increased the viewership of the sport during the postseason. The Vols fell just a game short of the College World Series after losing in game 3 of the Knoxville Super Regional to Notre Dame. But, Vitello’s recruiting prowess, past at Arkansas, and relationship with Dave Van Horn make a lot of sense for the hogs to potentially hire him.

Wes Johnson, LSU pitching coach
Johnson was the pitching coach for the hogs from 2015-2018 and as a Sherwood, Arkansas native, was a true asset to Dave Van Horn during his time in Fayetteville. Following the 2018 season, Wes was hired away by the Minnesota Twins organization to be the same position. He was the first college coach to be hired by an MLB team since 1980 at the time. He is headed back to the college ranks as he has been hired by second year LSU coach Jay Johnson. Johnson makes the most sense to replace Van Horn because of his experience in both college baseball and the MLB.

Matt Hobbs, Arkansas pitching coach
Since 2019, Matt Hobbs has been one of the most underrated pitching coaches in college baseball in Fayetteville. Of course, Hobbs is most well known for the development of terrific (mostly) relief pitcher Kevin Kopps, who won the 2021 Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, which are both awarded to the best player in college baseball annually. It would not be surprising if Hobbs is picked to replace his boss but expect Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek to commit to a more national search for the future of the baseball program.

All three of these coaches are viable options but I would expect it to be Wes Johnson. With Johnson being from Arkansas and his MLB coaching experience, I expect Yurachek’s top option has to be the now LSU pitching coach.

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A busy July in college basketball (CBB News)

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2023 five-star power forward GG Jackson announced his commitment to South Carolina and will enroll this fall to play this upcoming season. He surprised the college basketball media when he decommitted from North Carolina a few weeks ago. He is the first high school player to decommit from North Carolina since JR Smith in 2003.

2023 five-star small forward Justin Edwards announced his commitment to Kentucky. Edwards chose the wildcats over Tennessee, who were both vying for the talented wing over the last few months.

The 2022 PK85 announced and finalized its match-ups. North Carolina will face Portland, Villanova will face Iowa State, Connecticut will face Oregon, and Alabama will face Michigan State to open play on Thursday, November 24. The semifinals of the event will follow the next day, Friday November 25, and the finals will be two days later, on Sunday November 27. The consolation bracket will be played on Friday and Sunday as well. Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa State, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Villanova all appeared in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

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2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri

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November 12
LSU (TBD, TBD)
Neither offense was very successful in last season’s installment for Battle for the Golden Boot. New LSU head coach Brian Kelley has four QBs to choose from in senior Myles Brennan, tbd Jayden Daniels, tbd, and tbd. Many expect Brennan to start as this is his sixth year in the program. Receiver Kayshon Boutte may be the best player for the tigers as he was given the heralded number seven jersey number, in honor of the team’s top player from the state of Louisiana. Boutte and fellow receiver Jack Bech are the only returning starters on the offensive side while defensively the tigers return two starters at defensive end in BJ Ojulari and safety Jay Ward. Another interesting tidbit entering the Battle for the Boot this year is the transfer portal. Veteran Arkansas defensive backs Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks transferred back to their home state of Louisiana to play for the tigers for a season while relatively young LSU defensive end Landon Jackson and defensive back Dwight McGlothern made their way from Baton Rouge to Fayetteville. In his SEC Media Days press conference, Tigers coach Brian Kelley commented that he does not love players transferring to schools within the same conference let alone division but since they’re both from Louisiana, he would take Foucha and Brooks in for a season. Come November, viewers of this game should expect Arkansas to rely on the ground game similarly to last season’s meeting with the tigers and pull out a close win.
Projected Score: Arkansas 31, LSU 24

November 19
Ole Miss (TBD, TBD)
The growing Arkansas-Ole Miss rivalry has had some crazy finishes over the last decade including last season’s one point win by the Rebels in Oxford last season. Ole Miss will have to replace QB Matt Corrall who’s now with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. They added USC transfer Jaxson Dart and returning QB Luke Altmyer as potential options at signal-caller. Ole Miss lost both of their top assistants, including offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby (new Oklahoma offensive coordinator) and defensive coordinator Chris Kiffin (new Cleveland Browns assistant). It will be up to head coach Lane Kiffin to take control of the team and have another winning season in Oxford. Dart or Altmyer will be joined by TCU running back transfer Zach Evans in the backfield, a former five-star recruit. The Rebels will depend on returning receiver targets Jonathan Mingo and tight end Casey Kelley to produce with three returning starters along the offensive line. With a new defensive coordinator and more than half of the Rebels’ defense returning from last season, it is unreasonable to expect greatness from an Ole Miss defense that was better last season. That being said, expect a shootout in Fayetteville the Saturday before Thanksgiving as KJ Jefferson and Jaxson Dart battle it out. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, Ole Miss 42

November 25
at.Missouri (TBD, TBD)
Missouri defeated Arkansas five consecutive times from 2016-2020. That long streak ended in 2021 with a dominant effort from then Razorbacks receiver Treylon Burks with the help of his quarterback KJ Jefferson. Missouri is losing lots of offensive production including tremendous running back Tyler Badie as they only return four starters on that side of the ball. Incoming freshman receiver Luther Burden is expected to start immediately as a true freshman. He was a highly recruited five-star recruit as a homegrown talent in the state of Missouri that will need to make it easier on new starting QB Brady Cook, who replaces experienced QB Connor Bazelak, who transferred to Indiana. Defensively, it is better for the tigers as they return seven of eleven defensive starters. For Arkansas to continue on an upward trajectory, they must win this game annually against an opponent like Missouri, who is not having as much success as they want, with their tough schedules annually. When Black Friday comes around, the game will be close for a half or three quarters because the hogs are on the road at Faurot Field but expect the Arkansas offense to be successful the entire day in Columbia, helping them pull out an end of season win. Projected Score: Arkansas 38, Missouri 21

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2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn

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October 1
Alabama (TBD, TBD)
After suffering two losses last season, Alabama has returned Heisman-winning QB Bryce Young and extremely talented pass rusher Will Anderson in addition to the number two ranked class, they have coming in. The Tide have to replace receivers Jameson Williams and John Metchie who headed off to the NFL with Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton, sophomore Ja’Corey Brooks, and junior Tyler Harrell. The defense, with Will Anderson and six other starters returning will make Alabama the scariest its been at least since 2020-2021, when they won their last national championship. Arkansas lost by just a touchdown last season to Alabama in Tuscaloosa. But, I would expect the Crimson Tide to be more prepared for the likes of Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson and the hogs talented running game. Former Alabama linebacker Drew Sanders will play his former team in this game for the first time. He and experienced linebacker Bumper Pool will have to help stop new full-time starter at running back for Alabama, Trey Sanders. Projected Score: Alabama 49, Arkansas 31

October 8
at.Mississippi State (TBD, TBD)
After losing to Arkansas because of three missed field goal tries, Mississippi State will be out for revenge against the hogs. Actually, its been two seasons since the Bulldogs defeated Arkansas and talented Mississippi State QB Will Rogers thrives at home, especially with two returning starters at receiver in Austin Williams and Jaden Walley. Mississippi State returns seven defensive starters and to me, this game is an old fashioned shootout and will be up to the playmakers on both defenses to win this game. Projected Score: Arkansas 48, Mississippi State 45

October 29
Auburn (TBD, TBD)
Auburn has not lost to Arkansas in a long time. However, in their 2020 meeting, Arkansas should have won the game. A backwards spike by then Auburn QB Bo Nix was recovered by former Arkansas defensive back Joe Foucha. But, the officials did not see it that way and Auburn won on a game-winning field goal. A year later and last season Bo Nix had a phenomenal performance and Arkansas took a loss at home to the tigers. Now, former Texas A&M QB Zach Calzada takes over the reigns on the Plains. Talented running back Tank Bigsy and receiver Shedrick Jackson return in addition to three other offensive starters. Auburn’s defense is underrated this year with seven returning starters headlined by pass rushers Derick Hall and Owen Pappoe. A combined performance by Arkansas’ running game and defense will have the hogs defeating Auburn for the first time in a long time. Projected Score: Arkansas 31, Auburn 21

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Where will top 2023 hoops prospect DJ Wagner go?

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New Jersey born point guard DJ Wagner is the top ranked high school basketball player in the 2023 247sports composite. But, where will the son of former NBA guard Dajuan Wagner attend school? Well, that is what we are here to find out:

Kentucky
Entering Wagner’s high school career, much of the college basketball media believed it was Kentucky versus the field for the 5-star guard. DJ Wagner’s father Dajuan Wagner played for current Kentucky head coach John Calipari. They have seemed like the favorite ever since as Calipari has coached NBA talent at both Memphis in Derrick Rose and Kentucky in John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns, and others. But, it gets more interesting when readers here what Louisville has to offer.

Louisville
Entering last college basketball season, Kentucky was seemingly the only place for DJ Wagner to go to school and play ball. But in March of this year, Louisville named former NBA and Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne as their new head coach. Payne played with DJ’s grandfather, Milt Wagner, on Louisville’s 1986 championship team. Milt was hired as the program’s director of player development and alumni relations.

According to an ESPN article, Dajuan Wagner said he’ll be happy wherever his son ends up. But, where do you think DJ Wagner will attend college and play hoops?

My Prediction: Louisville

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2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: South Carolina, Texas A&M

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September 10
South Carolina (11 AM CT, ESPN/ESPN App)
Arkansas will have to deal with former Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler at QB for the Gamecocks. Outside of that, South Carolina, who finished at 7-6 last season, returns only four starters on each side of the ball. The hogs will look to gash an entirely new defensive line for the Gamecocks and defeat South Carolina for their first conference win in 2022. Projected Score: Arkansas 28, South Carolina 17

September 24
Texas A&M (Arlington, 2:30 PM CT, TBD)
Texas A&M will be looking for revenge for the first time in ten games against Arkansas. Following a nine-game win streak in the series, Texas A&M was defeated by Arkansas for the first time since 2011. Former LSU starting QB Max Johnson is expected to replace Zach Calzada and Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher recruited the top class in the country with multiple defensive prospects including Shemar Stewart and Walter Nolen, who are expected to be starters along Texas A&M’s defensive line in 2022. An overall extremely talented Aggie team will get back on the winning side of the Southwest Classic after a 20-10 defeat last season. Projected Score: Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 24

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Conference Realignment 2022: Every notable conference change

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(This post will be updated as more conference changes are made)

American Athletic Conference

2021-2022
Central Florida
Cincinnati
East Carolina
Houston
Memphis
South Florida
SMU
Temple
Tulane
Tulsa
Wichita State

Future Look
Alabama-Birmingham
East Carolina
Florida Atlantic
Charlotte
North Texas
Rice
South Florida
SMU
Temple
Texas-San Antonio
Tulane
Tulsa
Wichita State

ACC

2021-2022 look
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
North Carolina
North Carolina State
*Notre Dame*
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Additions: None
Subtractions: None

Future look
Boston College
Clemson
Duke
Florida State
Georgia Tech
Louisville
Miami
North Carolina
North Carolina State
*Notre Dame*
Pittsburgh
Syracuse
Syracuse
Virginia
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest

Atlantic-10

2021-2022 look
Davidson
Dayton
Duquense
Fordham
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Richmond
St. Bonaventure
Saint Joseph’s
Saint Louis
VCU

Future look
Davidson
Dayton
Duquense
Fordham
George Mason
George Washington
La Salle
Loyola Chicago
Massachusetts
Rhode Island
Richmond
St. Bonaventure
Saint Joseph’s
Saint Louis
VCU

Big 12

2021-2022 look
Baylor
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma
Oklahoma State
Texas
Texas Christian
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Additions: BYU, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Houston
Subtractions: Oklahoma, Texas

Future Look
Baylor
BYU
Central Florida
Cincinnati
Houston
Iowa State
Kansas
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
Texas Christian
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Big Ten

2021-2022 look
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
Wisconsin

Additions: UCLA, USC
Subtractions: None

Future look
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Michigan
Michigan State
Minnesota
Nebraska
Northwestern
Ohio State
Penn State
Purdue
Rutgers
UCLA
USC
Wisconsin

Conference USA

2021-2022 look
Alabama-Birmingham
Charlotte
Florida Atlantic
Florida International
Marshall
North Texas
Old Dominion
Rice
Southern Miss
Texas-San Antonio

Future look
Florida International
Jacksonville State
Liberty
Louisiana Tech
Middle Tennessee
New Mexico State
Sam Houston
UTEP
Western Kentucky

Missouri Valley

2021-2022 look
Bradley
Drake
Evansville
Illinois State
Indiana State
Indiana State
Loyola Chicago
Missouri State
Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois
Valparaiso

Future Look
Belmont
Bradley
Drake
Evansville
Illinois State
Indiana State
Missouri State
Murray State
Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois
UI-Chicago
Valparaiso

Ohio Valley
Austin Peay
Belmont
Eastern Illinois
Morehead State
Murray State
SIU-Edwardsville
Southeast Missouri State
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech
UT-Martin

Future Look
Eastern Illinois
Lindenwood
Little Rock
Morehead State
SIU-Edwardsville
Southeast Missouri State
Southern Indiana
Tennessee State
Tennessee Tech
UT-Martin

Pac-12

2021-2022 look
Arizona
Arizona State
Oregon
Oregon State
California
Colorado
Stanford
UCLA
USC
Utah
Washington
Washington State

Additions: None
Subtractions: UCLA, USC

Future look
Arizona
Arizona State
Oregon
Oregon State
California
Colorado
Stanford
Utah
Washington
Washington State

SEC

2021-2022 look
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

Additions: Oklahoma, Texas
Subtractions: None

Future look
Alabama
Arkansas
Auburn
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
LSU
Mississippi State
Missouri
Oklahoma
Ole Miss
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Texas A&M
Vanderbilt

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The impact of the ACC and Pac-12 getting rid of divisions

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Yesterday, the ACC made the move from divisions to the 3-5-5 format. They are expected to start with that format in 2023 in all sports. Each ACC squad will play their three rivals (as selected by the ACC offices) annually and play the other ten teams twice every four years.

Here are each ACC team’s three yearly opponents:

Boston College – Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
Clemson – Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State
Duke – North Carolina, NC State,Wake Forest
Florida State – Clemson, Miami, Syracuse
Georgia Tech – Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest
Louisville – Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia
Miami – Boston College, Florida State, Louisville
North Carolina – Duke, NC State, Virginia
North Carolina State – Clemson, Duke, North Carolina
Pittsburgh – Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia Tech
Syracuse – Boston College, Florida State, Pittsburgh
Virginia – Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech – Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest
Wake Forest – Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech

With formats like these, annual rivalries will be lost. The ACC chose the growing Clemson-NC State rivalry over the long time annual instate match up between NC State and Wake Forest and also chose for North Carolina to face Virginia annually over Wake Forest. Wake Forest will only play instate Duke while the Blue Devils will get all three instate rivals: North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons will also see Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech every season.

About a month ago, following the NCAA allowing conferences to scrap divisions if they want to, the Pac-12 announced its move to no divisions. They will begin with that format this upcoming athletics season. At least in football, the champion will be determined by the two teams with the highest winning percentage. The Pac-12 offices have not announced a format for scheduling like the ACC has but I would expect an announcement soon. The 3-5-5 model would be beneficial as each school gets to play each other at least twice a year while maintaining each school’s three biggest rivals. They will play out the schedule like it was previously announced (with the division format) but the two teams with the highest winning percentage will go to the conference championship game.

The Pac-12 has missed many opportunities on getting programs into the BCS College Football National Championship because according to ESPN, the Pac-12 stated that “five out of the past 11 years, divisions kept the conference’s title game from featuring a different matchup that includes two teams with better rankings. In 2011 and 2012, for example, the conference title games would have featured Stanford and Oregon — both ranked in the top 10 those two years and had it not been for divisions, which allowed an unranked UCLA team and then a 9-5 UCLA team to play in the title game instead of an 11-1 Stanford team and an 11-1 Oregon team.”

I would expect the Big 12, Big Ten, and SEC to make decisions on their future scheduling models sooner than later as well so they can continue to help their programs pursue as many championships as possible.

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2022 Arkansas basketball off-season update

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Projected Starters:
G:Anthony Black (Freshman)
The 6’7 lead guard can score, pass, and defend at a high level. He gives Arkansas the size they have had in past years under Coach Musselman on the perimeter, defending some of the top teams in America.
G:Nick Smith (Freshman)
The highest ranked Arkansas signee in the modern recruiting era is a phenomenal ball primarily as an off the ball guard who has the ability to lead Arkansas to the Final Four.
G:Davonte Davis (Junior) (Maybe Trevon Brazile or Ricky Council IV here)
Devo’s experience and ability to score and play tough defense will be necessary with all of the new young talent in Fayetteville.
F:Jordan Walsh (Freshman)
Walsh is an über athletic forward with guard skills that can absolutely out athletic any other forward on opposing teams.
F/C:Makhel Mitchell (Junior)
The transfer from Rhode Island is set to replace Jaylin Williams, who headed off to the NBA after two years in Fayetteville. Mitchell is an imposing presence at 6’10 and 245 pounds. He averaged over two blocks a game at Rhode Island and just an overall phenomenal interior defender and will be more of an inside offensive presence than Williams.

Bench
Jalen Graham, Senior, (Forward)
Makhi Mitchell, Junior, (Forward)
Trevon Brazile, Sophomore, (Forward)
Ricky Council, Sophomore, (Guard)
Derrian Ford, Freshman, (Guard)
Barry Dunning, Freshman, (Forward)
Joseph Pinion, Freshman, (Guard/Forward)

2022 Class (per 247sports composite)
6.Nick Smith (#2CG) North Little Rock,AR (North Little Rock)
18.Jordan Walsh (#5SF) DeSoto,TX (Link Academy)
22.Anthony Black (#3PG) Ducanville,TX (Duncanville)
57.Derrian Ford (#11CG) Magnolia,AR (Magnolia)
85.Barry Dunning (#21SF) Mobile,AL (McGill Toolen)
88.Joseph Pinion (#23SF) Morrilton,AR (Morrilton)

Transfer Additions
Jalen Graham, Senior, (Forward) Old School: Arizona State
Makhi Mitchell, Junior, (Forward) Old School: Rhode Island
Makhel Mitchell, Junior, (Forward) Old School: Rhode Island
Trevon Brazile, Sophomore, (Forward) Old School: Missouri
Ricky Council, Sophomore, (Guard) Old School: Wichita State

Transfers Out:
Chance Moore, Sophomore (Guard/Forward) New School: Missouri State
KK Robinson, Junior (Guard) New School: Texas A&M
Connor Vanover, Senior (Center) New School: Oral Roberts
Jaxson Robinson, Junior (Guard) New School: BYU

Games already scheduled for this upcoming season (2022-2023):
11/21-11/23 2022 Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Lahaina) (The hogs’ first match-up in Maui should be announced soon)
12/10 Oklahoma (Tulsa)
12/17 TBA (North Little Rock)
1/28 at.Baylor (Big 12/SEC Challenge)

Other News:
One of Arkansas’ leaders and all-around best players, Forward/Center Jaylin Williams officially kept his name in and declared for the 2022 NBA Draft back on May 28. He was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 34th pick in the draft. He was an All-SEC and All-SEC Defensive Team member last season in Fayetteville.

Arkansas has landed its first pledge in the 2023 class. This past Saturday, highly touted Little Rock native Layden Blocker committed to Arkansas. The guard, who now plays for high school basketball power Sunrise Christian in Kansas, is ranked number 29 and the number five point guard by the 247sports composite.


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2022-2023 cbhsports Arkansas College Football Preview: Nonconference slate

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September 3
Cincinnati (2:30 PM CT, ESPN/ESPN App)
Following their College Football Playoff appearance in 2021-2022, Arkansas cannot overlook the Cincinnati game to open their season in 2022. The Bearcats will have to replace notable 2022 NFL Draft picks in CB Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner to the New York Jets, QB Desmond Ridder to the Atlanta Falcons, and CB Coby Bryant to the Seattle Seahawks. Redshirt sophomore Evan Prater is expected to replace Ridder and inexperienced starting defensive backs Todd Bumphis and Ja’quan Sheppard will try to make up for the losses to the draft. Arkansas will have to take advantage of the inexperienced secondary for the bearcats despite Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson not being known as a phenomenal passer. Cincinnati was not successful on special teams last season so Arkansas kicker Cam Little, who did not miss a point after attempt as a freshman, needs to take advantage with point after attempts and field goals and make them all. Arkansas coach Sam Pittman will help lead the hogs to an opening season win. Projected Score: Arkansas 24, Cincinnati 17

September 17
Missouri State (6 PM CT, ESPN+/SECN+/ESPN App)
Former Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino heads back to Fayetteville for Family Weekend, September 16-18. Petrino actually led the hogs to two wins over Missouri State back in 2009 and 2011. Since Petrino’s firing in 2012, Razorback football took a major dip. Now, Sam Pittman has the hogs back in many pre-season top twenty-fives entering his third season as head coach. Following a tough opening game against Cincinnati, the hogs should take care of Missouri State fairly easily and move to 2-0 on the young season. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, Missouri State 14

October 15
at.BYU (TBD, TBD)
A trip to Provo will be any team. But, for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who have not been on the road with a national ranking against another team with the same pedigree at least rankings wise in quite some time, the environment and the game will be tough. BYU returns QB Jaren Hall (20 TDs, 5 interceptions) and all three of their starting receivers and their starting tight end (Puka Nacua, Gunner Romney, Keanu Hill, and Isaac Rex). The Cougars also have nine starters back defensively. At this point, however, Arkansas should be clicking when it comes to QB KJ Jefferson with his relatively new receivers to the program such as Oklahoma transfer Jadon Haselwood and sophomore Ketron Jackson. Arkansas’ defense will need to stop Christopher Brooks, BYU’s senior running back that is going to be the full time starter for the first time in his career, to be able to stop the Cougar’s Jaren Hall who threw for 2,583 yards last season. Projected Record: Arkansas 34, BYU 31

November 5
Liberty (TBD, TBD)
Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and his Liberty Flames head into Fayetteville on November 5 for a weird non conference match-up in November. Charlie Brewer, the former Baylor starting QB, is expected to replace now Tennessee Titans signal caller Malik Willis. The key for the Flames is returning receivers CJ Daniels and Demario Douglas as the hogs lost starting defensive backs Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks to transfer to LSU. Expected starters for the hogs are second year starter Hudson Clark and former LSU cornerback Dwight McGlothern. Taking advantage of a relatively questionable defensive back group outside of third year starter safety Jalen Catalon will be the best shot for Freeze’s team to win. The running game of Arkansas led by Raheim Sanders and Dominique Johnson will help Arkansas take down Liberty. Projected Score: Arkansas 45, Liberty 21

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2022 cbhsports NBA Mock Draft

Image Courtesy: CBS Sports

1.Orlando Magic
Jabari Smith, Forward, Auburn (Freshman)

2.Oklahoma City Thunder
Chet Holmgren, Center, Gonzaga (Freshman)

3.Houston Rockets
Paolo Banchero, Forward, Duke (Freshman)

4.Sacramento Kings
Keegan Murray, Forward, Iowa (Sophomore)

5.Detroit Pistons
Jaden Ivey, Guard, Purdue (Sophomore)

6.Indiana Pacers
Dyson Daniels, Guard, G-League Ignite

7.Portland Trail Blazers
Bennedict Mathurin, Guard/Forward, Arizona (Sophomore)

8.New Orleans Pelicans
AJ Griffin, Forward, Duke (Freshman)

9.San Antonio Spurs
Jalen Duren, Center, Memphis (Freshman)

10.Washington Wizards
Shaedon Sharpe, Guard, Kentucky (Freshman)


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2022-2023 cbhsports College Football Preview:Arkansas

Head coach Sam Pittman led Arkansas football to its best season since 2011 with a 9-4 (4-4) record in the SEC, the toughest conference to play in America. For Pittman and the hogs, following last season up with a 2022-2023 season that is just as good or better will be difficult as they will play a much more difficult non-conference slate than it did last season. The hogs will face expected top 25 teams Cincinnati (9/3) and BYU (10/15) as well as fellow tough team Liberty (11/5; Homecoming) led by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze in non-conference play. However, Arkansas will get Alabama (10/1), LSU (11/12), and Ole Miss (11/19) at home inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Pittman will look to avenge two losses to Auburn in his tenure and score his first win over the tigers on “The Plains” come October 29 and will also host former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and his Missouri State Bears come September 17 for Family Weekend in Fayetteville. Arkansas will not play in Little Rock and War Memorial Stadium as well. An even better season its expected in Fayetteville, and Razorback nation cannot wait.

Multiple game previews:
Nonconference Slate
South Carolina, Texas A&M
Alabama, Mississippi State, Auburn
LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri

Projected Depth Chart
QB: KJ Jefferson, RS Junior
RB: Dominique Johnson, Junior; Raheim Sanders, Sophomore
WR: Jadon Haselwood, RS Junior
WR: Warren Thompson, RS Senior
WR: Ketron Jackson, Sophomore
TE: Hudson Henry, RS Junior; Trey Knox, Senior
LT: Jalen St. John, RS Sophomore
LG: Brady Latham, RS Junior
C: Ricky Stromberg, Senior
RG: Beaux Limmer, RS Junior
RT: Dalton Wagner, RS Senior
DE: Eric Gregory, RS Junior
DT: Isaiah Nichols, RS Senior; Taurean Carter, RS Junior
DE: Landon Jackson, Sophomore
LB:Bumper Pool, RS Senior, Drew Sanders, Sophomore
CB: LaDarrius Bishop, RS Senior; Hudson Clark, RS Junior; Dwight McGlothern, Junior
S: Myles Slusher, Junior; Malik Chavis, RS Junior; Latavious Brini, RS Senior
K: Cam Little, Sophomore
P: Reid Bauer, RS Senior
KR: AJ Green, Sophomore
PR: AJ Green

Incoming Recruits (via 247sports)
137.Isaiah Sategna (#23WR) Fayetteville,AR Fayetteville HS
291.E’Marion Harris (#24OT) Little Rock,AR Joe T. Robinson HS
339.Andrew Chamblee (#28OT) Maumelle,AR Maumellle HS
378.Quincy McAdoo (#57WR) Clarendon,AR Clarendon HS
373.Patrick Kutas (#15IOL) Memphis,TN Christian Brothers HS
399.Rashod Dubinion (#22ATH) Ellen Grove,GA Cedar Grove HS
421.Sam Mbake (#62WR) Kennsaw,GA North Cobb HS
449.Nico Davillier (#60DL) Maumelle,AR Maumelle HS
545.Anthony Brown (#48S) Milan,TN Milan HS
560.Mani Powell (#52LB) Fayetteville,AR Fayetteville HS
562.Jaylen Lewis (#53CB) Brownsville,TN Haywood HS
562.Jordan Crook (#53LB) Duncanville,TX Duncanville HS
617.James Jointer (#49RB) Little Rock,AR LR Parkview Magnet HS
635.Tyrus Washington (#32TE) Leesburg,GA Lee County HS
919.Eli Henderson (#46IOL) Duncan,SC Byrnes HS
933.JJ Hollingsworth (#126DL) Greenland,AR Greenland HS
965.Dax Courtney (#53TE) Clarendon,AR Clarendon HS
NA.Kaden Henley (#129LB) Springdale,AR Shiloh Christian HS
NA.Max Fletcher (#6P) Australia ProKick Australia HS
NA.Eli Stein (#1LS) Cambridge,WI Cambridge HS

Transfer Additions
Read the breakdown I gave of the hogs’ talented transfer additions here.
Jadon Haselwood, Senior, wide receiver
Former School: Oklahoma
Latavious Brini, Senior, defensive back
Former School: Georgia
Drew Sanders, Junior, linebacker
Former School: Alabama
Dwight McGlothern, Junior, defensive back
Former School: LSU
Matt Landers, Junior, wide receiver
Former School: Toledo, Georgia
Jordan Domineck, Junior, defensive end
Former School: Georgia Tech
Landon Jackson, Sophomore, defensive end
Former School: LSU

Schedule Preview (There will be individual game breakdowns coming in the following Saturdays on the blog. My predicted results on this post are subject to change).
Cincinnati (9/3)
W
South Carolina (9/10)
W
Missouri State (9/17) (Family Weekend)
W
Texas A&M (9/24) (Arlington)
L
Alabama (10/1)
L
at.Mississippi State (10/8)
W
at.BYU (10/15)
W
at.Auburn (10/29)
W
Liberty (11/5) (Homecoming)
W
LSU (11/12)
W
Ole Miss (11/19) (Senior day/night)
L
at.Missouri (11/26)
W

Projected Record: 9-3 (5-3) SEC

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2022 cbhsports NCAA College Baseball World Series Predictions

Image Courtesy: Ole Miss Athletics

June 17

Game 1 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
5.Texas A&M
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: Oklahoma

Game 2 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
9.Texas
Notre Dame

Carter’s Pick: 9.Texas

June 18

Game 3 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
2.Stanford
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: Arkansas

Game 4 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
14.Auburn
Ole Miss

Carter’s Pick: 14.Auburn

June 19

Game 5 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
5.Texas A&M
Notre Dame

Carter’s Pick: 5. Texas A&M
(Notre Dame eliminated)

Game 6 (7 PM ET, ESPN2)
9.Texas
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: Oklahoma

June 20

Game 7 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
2.Stanford
Ole Miss

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford
(Ole Miss eliminated)

Game 8 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
14.Auburn
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: 14.Auburn

June 21

Game 9 (2 PM ET, ESPN)
5.Texas A&M
9.Texas

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M
(9.Texas eliminated)

Game 10 (7 PM ET, ESPN)
2.Stanford
Arkansas

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford
(Arkansas eliminated)

June 22

Game 11
5.Texas A&M
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M

Game 12
2.Stanford
14.Auburn

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford

June 23

Game 13
5.Texas A&M
Oklahoma

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M
(Oklahoma eliminated)

Game 14
2.Stanford
14.Auburn

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford
(14.Auburn eliminated)

MCWS Finals

June 25

Game 1
2.Stanford
5.Texas A&M

Carter’s Pick: 2.Stanford

Game 2
2.Stanford
5.Texas A&M

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M

Game 3
2.Stanford
5.Texas A&M

Carter’s Pick: 5.Texas A&M
(5.Texas A&M wins the championship and 2.Stanford eliminated)

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Taking a look at Jadon Haselwood, Drew Sanders, and other 2022 Arkansas football incoming transfers

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Arkansas football head coach Sam Pittman has been (almost) as good as Arkansas basketball head coach Eric Musselman at getting kids to his team from the transfer portal. Pittman’s second true portal class includes an established receiver, two defensive backs, a few defensive line pieces, and a talented linebacker. The class also includes four players coming from SEC schools such as Alabama, Georgia, and LSU. Pittman is reloading and getting the hogs ready to improve on their 9-4 mark this upcoming season.

Jadon Haselwood, Senior, wide receiver
Former School: Oklahoma
Oklahoma transfer Jadon Haselwood will look to replace the production of All-American wide receiver Treylon Burks. Haselwood caught 39 balls for almost 400 yards and 6 touchdowns a season ago but was under used by the Oklahoma offense, as they have many talented receivers. With questions in the receiving room in Fayetteville, despite having a lingering injury during the spring, it will be time for Haselwood to step up for the hogs in the fall of 2022.

Latavious Brini, Senior, defensive back
Former School: Georgia
Losing experienced defensive backs Joe Foucha and Greg Brooks to LSU as well as Montaric Brown to the NFL Draft will be a tough task to handle. The talented former Georgia Bulldog, Latavious Brini, delivers crushing blows with his 50 career total tackles.

Drew Sanders, Junior, linebacker
Former School: Alabama
Sanders is a phenomenal playmaker Arkansas needed terribly at linebacker. Replacing the production of four year linebackers Grant Morgan and Hayden Henry was going to be difficult but pairing the talented Sanders with returning leading tackler Bumper Pool at the linebacker position is going to be huge for the Razorbacks. In two seasons in Nick Saban’s defense, Sanders has had 33 tackles and a sack.

Dwight McGlothern, Junior, defensive back
Former School: LSU
In just two seasons at LSU, Dwight McGlothern has recorded 40 tackles and an interception. Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman has raved about this kid. He is NFL bound Montaric Brown’s replacement and hopes to be the next great Arkansas cornerback.

Matt Landers, Junior, wide receiver
Former School: Toledo, Georgia
The speedster played Arkansas in 2020 and had a few catches but starred for Toledo since transferring there. Landers had 20 catches, 514 yards, and 5 touchdowns a season ago.

Jordan Domineck, Junior, defensive end
Former School: Georgia Tech
Jordan Domineck is a boost the hogs will need on the defensive line. The hogs lose talented defensive linemen Tre Williams and John Ridgeway and will replace them with former Georgia Tech defensive end Domineck, who has accounted for 103 tackles, 9 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles in his career.

Landon Jackson, Sophomore, defensive end
Former School: LSU
The rawly talented Landon Jackson may not have a ton of stats to his name but his quickness to the ball carrier and depth he gives to a young defensive line unit is incredibly necessary in Fayetteville.