This new weekly podcast will feature some of the best Razorbacks stories from past and present. Three-time Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year Bo Mattingly and his team of Bart Pohlman and Sawyer Radler will produce unique stories featuring current and former student-athletes, coaches, staff members and fans. The podcast takes fans into the heart of the stories that matter to Razorback fans while also keeping a pulse on the latest with the Hogs.
Being a career assistant coach in major college football gives Razorback head coach Sam Pittman a unique perspective. When you’ve spent you’re career learning from some of the best in the business, you’re going to have a great idea of what works. In this conversation, we go inside Pittman's coaching mind to learn what makes him a great recruiter, why honesty is the best policy, and what being a "players' coach" really means.
The first thing you notice about Earl Boykins is that he wasn’t your average NBA player. Standing at just 5-foot-5, he still ranks as the second-shortest player in NBA history—and has been fighting perception his entire life.
In high school, Kendal Briles was a QB, living the dream that is the Friday Night Lights of Texas HS football. His dad was a Texas coaching legend. You might think that Kendal would follow his dad's footsteps and get into coaching, but that's not what happened...at least not immediately. But he got a chance when his dad moved to the college ranks, and hasn't looked back.
Barry Odom is regarded as one of the best defensive minds in college football. So we sit down with him to tell his story, starting with how he found himself being the new defensive coordinator at Arkansas.
Jimmy Whitt Jr. is not your typical college basketball player. We sit down with him to talk about everything from his play on the court to his journey off it, starting with how he ended up at Arkansas and what led to him transferring.
Corey Williams has coached under Eddie Sutton, been a college head coach and won a world championship with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. We sit down to get to know the Razorback basketball assistant.
Clay Moser has more than a decade of experience in the NBA, coached LeBron James last season, and is at the forefront of analytics. We sat down with him to tell his story and how he sees analytics in basketball.
Brandon Allen is a lot of things, including an Arkansas school record holder, a two-time bowl winner and an NFL quarterback. But perhaps more than anything, he’s as cool a customer as they come. We sit down with the former Hog to talk about getting his first NFL start and win, and what that experience has been like.
For this episode of the podcast, we go inside the mind of first-year men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman. We start by talking about the culture he wants to build at Arkansas (6:52), and how knowledge can help the team and program get better every day (9:47). We discuss what he thinks helps players and leads to success (16:27), and what game and practice prep looks like for he and his staff (28:14). Finally, we get into how he wants to attack recruiting top players to Arkansas (41:13).
In many ways, Jim Lindsey defines what it means to be a Razorback. Using archived audio from Jim and conversations with his sons, Lyndy and John David—as well as his grandson, Jack—we tell his story. We start at the beginning, with Jim’s early life and how he developed his passion for the Razorbacks (2:43). You’ll hear the story of how he rallied the Hogs vs. Texas in 1965 despite having broken ribs and his success with Arkansas (9:43). We get into the start of his professional career (16:19), his u
Ever wonder what it takes for a college football team to go on the road? We take you behind the scenes with the help of Jake Rosch, the director of football equipment operations at the University of Arkansas. We start with gear distribution, and how it’s decided who gets what and what the team wears (4:00). Then, we talk about packing up all the equipment for road games, and everything that goes into it (13:57), as well as player and coach superstitions (24:31). We get the inside scoop on what visiting locker rooms are like (31:06), and finally, we get Jake’s take on why he and his crew like doing what they do (36:13).
Colby Hale has done things with the soccer program at Arkansas that no other coach could, so we sat down with him to learn how he’s done it. We start with how selling security systems prepared him to become a soccer coach, and how problem solving is a big part of who he is (4:45). We talk about how personal and team growth only comes from being outside your comfort zone, and the impact it has on his program (8:43). Colby tells us about how a family move to England got him into soccer, and having a fighter pilot dad (19:03). We get into the growing popularity of soccer in the U.S. (23:48), and finally, how he’s gotten total ownership and buy-in from his players (30:15).
We sit down with former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt for a fascinating and wide-ranging conversation, starting with what it’s like for him to be out of coaching (5:00). Nutt talks about his life growing up and getting recruited by Bear Bryant and Frank Broyles (13:10). We get into his playing career at Arkansas and why he transferred to Oklahoma State (19:00), as well how he got his break in coaching (25:08). He tells us how he got the Arkansas job (30:46) and what made that 1998 season so special (37:53). We get his side of the story on his famous postgame interview after upsetting No. 1 LSU in 2007 (47:07), and into the distractions of the 2006-07 seasons and what happened at the end (53:33).
In a span of just 48 hours in 2017, Arkansas athletics made a couple of big hires. For the first time, we give you an inside look at how it all went down with the help of then-interim AD Julie Cromer. We get into her becoming the interim AD (6:00) and how the decision to find a new football coach was made (14:05). She tells us why she thinks Arkansas is a great job (20:20). Then, we discuss what the Razorbacks were looking for in a new coach and how the 48-hour stretch that saw a new AD and coach introduced began (27:40). Finally, we talk about how Hunter Yurachek and Chad Morris met and getting negotiations done (34:00).
Quinn Grovey is the only starting quarterback to record back-to-back 10-win seasons in Arkansas football history. We sit down with the Razorback great to get his story, including how he left the state of Oklahoma to come to Arkansas (6:00). He has a great story about Andre Ware and Houston (16:11), and talks about how he found out Ken Hatfield was leaving (22:35). Later, we get into how his broadcast career started (30:19), and his relationship with Frank Broyles (33:37). Finally, we discuss how his career might have been different if he was playing in today’s age of college football (41:16).
T.J. Smith is a Razorback football team captain, and he’s having an impact on and off the field. We dive into what life was like for him as a kid, and how he learned about serving others at a young age (7:22). He tells the hilarious story of how he started playing football for the first time in high school (13:00), and how that led to college coaches—including in the Ivy League—noticing him as a prospect (17:00). We get a first-hand account of the impact of a coaching change on the student-athletes (20:51), and finally, we get to know T.J. a little more and what he wants his future to look like (28:02).
Dre Greenlaw has been through more in life than most. We talk about his childhood of growing up in the foster care system and moving all over the state of Arkansas (2:46). Dre tells us how faith played a major role in his life and helped him get through the tough times (7:33), and then we get into how he met now-Houston assistant coach Brian Early and what led to him living with the Earlys (11:19). We get into the tough decision for Dre to come to Arkansas and turn down Coach Early’s offer to play at Arkansas State (17:56), and how his journey is going now (23:50). Finally, we get into what the coaching transition was like for him at Arkansas (25:07), and what he wants people to think when they see him (26:38).
Have you ever wondered what goes into getting Arkansas’ top-class facilities ready for players, coaches and fans alike? We did. And we sat down with associate AD for facilities Justin Maland to get the inside scoop, starting with the new grass surface that was installed at Razorback Stadium (2:03). We get into the 20,000-foot view of managing facilities on a college campus and the facilities “arms race” (7:11). We talk about everything that went into the north endzone project (15:44) and the upgrades coming to Baum-Walker Stadium (22:35). Justin talks about working for Norm DeBriyn and the baseball program and getting into facilities management (28:10).
The Razorback football program recently hired Turner Gill as its new executive director of player and staff development, and so we sat down with the former college head coach to get to know him and his vision for Arkansas. We get into why he decided to retire from coaching (4:28) and what he learned from legendary coach Tom Osborne (11:40). Gill tells us why he decided to start playing baseball, and how that led to him getting into coaching and winning three national titles as an assistant (17:40). We talk about what he’s bringing to his new role (27:00) and finally how his experiences as a player and coach help him relate to student-athletes (35:30).
Dean Weber has an appropriate name, because he really is the Dean of Arkansas football. We sat down with the longtime athletic trainer, who’s accrued more years of service at the university than anyone other than Frank Broyles and Norm DeBriyn. We get into how he started his career working for legendary coach Dean Smith (3:21), and how he ended up at Arkansas (5:30). Next, it’s story time, as Weber tells us some great stories about Steve Cox and Clint Stoerner (13:32), and talks about his relationship with Darren McFadden (20:00). Then we get his thoughts on the different coaches he worked for—including Lou Holtz, Ken Hatfield, Danny Ford & Houston Nutt (27:35). Featuring appearances by Darren McFadden, Clint Stoerner and Houston Nutt.
Ken Hatfield is a Razorback legend. He grew up in Arkansas, played for the 1964 national championship team and later returned to become the head coach with the highest career winning percentage in program history. We sat down with Hafield to reflect on his career—beginning with whether there is any controversy to Arkansas’ football national championship in 1964 (2:40)? The impact Frank Broyles had on unifying the state behind the football program (4:30) and how different the culture is today (6:55). Next, Hatfield recalls some of his favorite memories from the 1964 season (16:20), including his famous punt return against Texas (22:27). We explore how he got into coaching (26:12), his return to Arkansas (31:04) and his departure for Clemson after two back-to-back Southwest Conference championships (34:57). Finally, we talk to Hatfield about his new role of the College Football Playoff selection committee (41:44).
Mental health of student-athletes has become one of the most talked-about issues in college athletics. Arkansas has taken a step forward, hiring Dr. Chris Bader as the assistant athletic director for mental health and performance. We sat down with Bader to get his thoughts on what people need to understand about mental health and the impact social media has on it (4:15). We get into working with coaches (8:15), and what the key is to dealing with pressure and failure (16:19). Bader discusses why anxiety issues are more prevalent than ever (26:20) and advice on getting mentally healthy (28:00).
When many people think of Clint Stoerner, they think of the fumble against Tennessee. But shouldn’t he be remember for so much more? We sat down with the former Razorback to tell his story—starting with what he’s up to now and why he likes coaching (3:00). We go back to how he grew up (9:36) and how he got into football instead of baseball (15:50). Next, he tells us why he chose Arkansas over LSU (21:18) and what it was like when Houston Nutt got hired (25:25). We get into what he remembers about the 1998 Tennessee game, the fumble that everyone talks about and the immediate aftermath (29:53). He talks about what he had to endure from angry fans (36:43), and what he thinks fans think of when they hear his name (42:48). Finally, we talk to Clint about getting redemption against the Vols in 1999 and his story coming full circle (44:05).
Ryne Stanek and Jalen Beeks were once teammates with the Razorbacks. Now, after taking two very different paths, they’re teammates again with the Tampa Bay Rays, and are part of a grand pitching experiment. We dive in to the “opener” role that Stanek has taken on and how he likes it (3:50), and his journey to the big leagues (10:00). We get into what it was like for him to get the call to the majors (13:20) and how he still follows the Razorbacks (16:09). Next, Beeks joins the pod and talks about how his JUCO experience helped pave the way for him to make it to the show (20:47). We chat about how playing at Arkansas helped prepare him for where he is today (27:21) and, finally, get his thoughts on the Hog baseball program today (29:43).
If you ask people in the know, Maria Fassi might just be the LPGA’s next superstar. We get her thoughts on those impressions and whether or not it adds pressure (2:36). She takes us through why winning the NCAA title at home was so important to her (9:40), and then rewind to how she got into golf in the first place (18:00). We walk through how she decided to go to college and chose Arkansas (24:00), and playing in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur (28:10). Maria tells us where her confidence comes from (33:00) and we get into why people love her swing (42:19). Finally, we learn how hard work is paying off for Maria and what she hopes the future holds (45:35).
Paul Finebaum is known as a lot of things. He’s the “Mouth of the South,” the face of the SEC Network, and someone who always has something to say. We caught up with Finebaum and chat about how he grew up paying close attention to the Razorbacks (2:22) and meeting Bill Clinton (4:54). We talk about his dad passing away when Finebaum was just a teenager and the effect it had on him (8:17). He takes us through how he got into radio (14:00), and how he landed on the SEC Network (22:45). We go through some controversial moments he’s been a part of (30:23) and what’s next for him (36:00). Finally, we end with some encouraging words he has for Razorback fans (41:20).
Fresh off winning indoor and outdoor national titles in 2019, Arkansas women’s track coach Lance Harter is riding a massive wave of success. We begin our conversation with his early days as a surfer and how he got into track (3:40), as well as his start in coaching track at the D2 level (9:00). Then, we cover how he got to Arkansas, and what it was like being there when John McDonnell had the men’s program rolling (14:00), as well as what the job is like away from the track (20:50). We get into the success he’s having and how he manages it (33:33), and he shares a great story from the 1992 Olympics involving Charles Barkley (39:18).
We sit down with Razorback baseball coach and Arkansas Sports Hall of Famer Dave Van Horn for a wide-ranging interview. DVH takes us through how he’s gotten the program to the point it’s at now and where he thinks it stands in college baseball (6:45). We chat about the number of big leaguers he’s produced and how his players are well prepared for pro baseball (16:20), as well as his leadership style (26:20). DVH tells us what going into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame meant (35:15) and what the fan support and appreciation means to the program (42:56). Finally, we learn how this season has helped him deal with the way the 2018 College World Series ended (48:34).
For this episode, The Hog Pod goes on the road to Destin, Fla., for the SEC’s spring meetings. We catch up with Arkansas basketball coach Eric Musselman, and he updates us on filling out his coaching staff and transfers (3:21), talks about how his NBA background helps with roster management (9:02), and gives us some insight into what he already knows about his team (11:05). Next, we chat with football coach Chad Morris, who explains the addition of Turner Gill to his staff for off-the-field development (18:29), the importance of recruiting Texas (21:24), and where they are in the building process (31:37).
Isaiah Campbell is Arkansas’ ace, and one of the best pitchers in the SEC. But after an up-and-down career, how did he get to this point? We chat with the Friday night starter about when he realized baseball could be a thing for him (8:15) and understanding the idea of sacrifice (9:15). We talk about dealing with injuries (12:50) and deciding to come back for one more season (25:07). Finally, he takes us through bouncing back from last year’s disappointing runner-up finish and how this year’s team is having success (27:41).
Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek has been through a whirlwind first 18 months on the job. It’s been so fast paced that we decided to sit down with him to help Razorback fans get to know him better. We discuss his college basketball playing career and taking charges in church leagues (4:50), as well as missing games to watch his sons play and the culture he’s trying to create (9:08). We talk about how he got into college athletics as a career (17:34), and the success levels of Arkansas’ programs (28:00). He tells a story about how he was once thrown out of a game (37:13) and the process behind making Nolan Richardson Court a reality (39:42).
Arkansas softball was in a bad place when Courtney Deifel arrived as the head coach prior to the 2016 season. Now, they’re headed back to the postseason for the third straight year. How did Deifel do it? We sit down with Coach Deifel to talk about her journey, beginning with a career in Japan (4:09), going back to school and beginning her coaching career (9:25). She gives insight into why, despite the program’s struggles, she never saw Arkansas as a bad job (15:10) and how she built a competitive roster (18:38). Finally, we learn what kind of coach she is and why she doesn’t get ejected (25:06), and what it’s like balancing being a mom and a coach (31:11).
Hunter Woodhall doesn’t just run track for Arkansas. He runs track for Arkansas without his legs. We sit down with the silver medal-winning Paralympian and let him tell his inspiring story. We start at the beginning with how Hunter lost his legs at such an early age (2:19) and how he wasn’t allowed to use that as an excuse in life (9:03). Hunter tells us about how he got good at track (14:00), and we get into how he became a YouTube star of sorts (19:26). Hunter discusses what it’s like to wear prosthetic legs (28:12), and what he wants people to think when they see him run (30:32). Finally, we get into the struggles he deals with—whether it’s school-related or about parking on campus (32:00).
Jordyn Wieber doesn’t need an introduction to most—she’s an Olympic champion, a decorated star, and a bona fide celebrity. Now, at just 23 years old, she’s the new coach of the Arkansas gymnastics program. We chat with Jordyn about her start in gymnastics at a young age (6:45), what her journey to the Olympics was like (11:00), and what life after the Olympics is like for a gymnast (12:30). We get her thoughts on what it was like to not qualify for the 2012 Olympic all-around title and having to bounce back for the team competition (16:37), when she decided she wanted to be a coach (22:34), and becoming a team manager at UCLA (25:35). Finally, we talk to Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek about what he was thinking in hiring a 23-year-old first time head coach (29:30) and more.
Arkansas’ Hjalte Froholdt has a story unlike any other, and a chance to make history at the NFL Draft. We start with all the trouble people have had with pronouncing his name and growing up in Denmark (2:00), and we cover his journey to America and his start playing football (8:00). Next, we chat with his high school coach from Warren, Ohio, Steve Arnold, who tells us some great stories about Froholdt’s first year in the states (13:00). Froholdt tells us about his early struggles at Arkansas and move to the offensive line (25:09). Finally, we talk about his hopes for the NFL Draft and what it would mean to be the first Danish position player ever drafted (33:34). Stay tuned for some bonus content at the end of the podcast.
Arkansas basketball reached the pinnacle of the sport on April 4, 1994. We dive into what that night was like, what’s happened since, and the future of the program under new head coach Eric Musselman. We get a feel for the game and that night from former Razorbacks Clint McDaniel (4:26) and Dwight Stewart (8:30), and Hawgs Illustrated publisher Clay Henry (11:09). Clay answers the question of whether or not Arkansas can get back to the level it was at in the 1990s (18:25), and tells a great Andre Iguodala story (25:17). Finally we get ESPN’s Jimmy Dykes thoughts on the toughness of the SEC (33:11) and what Musselman can do with the Razorbacks (35:40).
We sit down for an exclusive conversation with new Arkansas basketball coach Eric Musselman. We start at the beginning, with the story of how he became a head coach for the first time (5:00), how he used salt shakers to land an NBA job with Chuck Daly (11:25), and why he decided to get into the college game (17:00). Then he tells the story of how the Oakland Raiders gave him an office to study film (33:30), before we bring in former Razorback Corey Beck—who played against Musselman’s teams in the CBA—for his thoughts on the new coach (44:30). Finally, the new Razorback coach tells us what fans can expect from his teams at Arkansas (1:00:30).
What’s it take to play quarterback in a Chad Morris offense, and what makes that offense successful? We sit down with the Arkansas head coach, his offensive coordinator Joe Craddock, and transfer quarterback Ben Hicks to get some insight. We start with what happened last year on offense at Arkansas (2:27) and how Morris got interested in offense (8:40). Then, we hear the story of how Craddock ended up working with Morris at Clemson and SMU (14:45). Morris tells us why it all starts and ends with quarterback for him (23:00), and then we chat with Hicks to get the QB’s perspective (27:05).
This is the story of three Final Four-caliber coaches—Gary Blair, Vic Schaefer and Mike Neighbors—all on one staff at Arkansas. It’s the story of how things fell apart for Razorback women’s basketball, and how Neighbors—who once was responsible for getting Diet Cokes for Blair—is working to bring it back. We begin where it all started, with Blair and why he decided to leave Arkansas (3:00) and why he thinks Neighbors will be successful (8:37). Then, we visit with Schafer about not wanting to leave (19:20) and why Neighbors is ahead of schedule (20:40). Finally, we go full circle with Neighbors himself about what it was like working for Blair (26:30), what he learned from him (30:00) and how he’s working to restore the program to its former heights (35:10).
It’s the story of how Arkansas baseball went from playing at the fairgrounds to becoming one of the top programs in the country. We visit with legendary Razorback baseball coach Norm DeBriyn, and talk about how he ended up in Arkansas (4:20), how he eventually got the head coaching job (8:30), teaching Driver’s Ed (11:40), and how he helped get Baum-Walker Stadium built (29:30). We’ll also chat with him and current coach Dave Van Horn about when Norm decided the time was right to pass the baton to his former player (39:00), and coming so close to winning a national championship (50:30).
In our debut episode, we head to Nolan Richardson’s ranch for a great conversation with the Hall of Fame coach. We talk about his early coaching days and style (7:13), and how his daughter convinced him to take the Arkansas job (24:00). Then we spend time talking about the 1994 championship (30:40), how he celebrated, and calling President Clinton “Prez” (39:00) Finally, we get his thoughts on the court at Bud Walton Arena being named in his honor (51:10), and he tells a funny story of how Rick Pitino tried to get him out of the SEC.