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Arkansas v. South Carolina: A top 10 game but no one cares it seems

South Carolina is at Arkansas and both teams are in the top ten but it seems like no one in the nation cares. I am hoping that Arkansas can win and LSU will beat Alabama and that will keep Arkansas in the hunt for a SEC title (of course, that is the same as national title in the last 5 years). Here are Harry King’s thoughts:

Window to impress is small

Posted on 03 November 2011

By Harry King

LITTLE ROCK — Usually, announcement of the Arkansas kickoff is noted only for establishing departure times. This week, 6:15 p.m. is maddening.

A Sunday ago, USA Today reported that CBS and ESPN had swapped time slots so that the “eye” network could move LSU-Alabama to primetime. The news was shared with the trip coordinator and we eagerly began speculating about the start time for South Carolina at Arkansas.

An 11:21 a.m. kick would be optimum — cover the Arkansas game and be back in central Arkansas for the start of No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the BCS for only the fifth time in the regular season. Second choice for the Razorbacks and Gamecocks was 2:30 p.m., and a return trip from Fayetteville glued to the broadcast of Alabama-LSU.

Watching or listening, live is better. The DVR can be employed, but it’s not as riveting when you know the outcome.

Selfishly, 6:15 was the worst option.

For those in the pressbox, it means cajoling those in charge to dedicate one TV to the CBS telecast. Not that we would camp out there, but there are legitimate reasons to get up from the workspace now and then.

For the Razorbacks, the start time means one quarter to impress the national pundits and pollsters against the once-beaten Gamecocks. If Arkansas continues its notoriously slow starts, South Carolina will be in front when the remote is employed.

Everybody has an opinion about LSU-Alabama and mine is shaped by an excerpt from Tennessee-Alabama and from watching the Alabama secondary against Arkansas’ receivers in Tuscaloosa.

Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron was inaccurate in the first half against the Vols and the teams were tied at 6.

Alabama opened the second half with four straight passes, all McCarron completions, for 72 yards. The fifth play was also a called pass, but McCarron scrambled and scored.

Tennessee didn’t make anything on fourth-and-1 from its 39 and Kenny Bell ran under McCarron’s deep throw for a 20-6 lead. Game over.

McCarron has a better chance to make a big play in the passing game than either LSU quarterback and, as good as the two defenses are, a couple of key completions are likely to determine the outcome. The starter by default, Jarrett Lee, has been 70 percent or better in each of LSU’s last three games, but he only attempted 10, 17, and 20. The winning team will have to throw at least 20 times.

Lee is not as proficient as Tyler Wilson and the Arkansas quarterback had only the smallest of windows on pass attempts against Alabama. Even when an Arkansas receiver had a step or two and Wilson delivered, Dre Kirkpatrick or some other defender would close the gap in one step and make the tackle.

Always a suspect passer, Jordan Jefferson is more likely to run than throw when he replaces Lee. Asking him to pass against the Alabama secondary is dicey.

McCarron has thrown at least 20 times in every game and is 67 percent on his 200 attempts, a reason to have more confidence in the redshirt sophomore than either of LSU’s senior quarterbacks.

Thinking ahead to Nov. 25 in Baton Rouge, Arkansas fans will be in LSU’s corner. The guess is that McCarron will break their hearts if the Gamecocks don’t do it first.

The wild card is Les Miles’ penchant for seemingly hair-brained, but often successful play calling.

Best SEC 9/11 moment from last weekend? jh20

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Best SEC 9/11 moment from last weekend? jh20

I thought what we did here in Arkansas was the best until I looked around and found this story out of Tennessee. I am glad that so much effort was given to recognize our soldiers and their service at all the games throughout the SEC this week. I know at the Arkansas game several soldiers were recognized.

Former Vol football player Patrick Lenoir carries an American flag in honor of his brother who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as he runs through the 'T' with the football team at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, KNS/2011 // Buy this photo

Former Vol football player Patrick Lenoir carries an American flag in honor of his brother who was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks as he runs through the “T” with the football team at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS)

published Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Wiedmer: Ex-Vol Lenoir a study in grief management

KNOXVILLE — For 10 years Patrick Lenoir couldn’t talk about it. Not a word. Not to newspapers. Not to church counselors. Not to anyone but his closest friends and family.

Early September would roll around, another somber 9/11 anniversary having arrived, and Lenoir would refuse all requests to discuss his brother Rob, who perished in the World Trade Center’s south tower in New York City that awful Tuesday morning, reportedly attempting to help others to safety.

“It just hurt too much,” Patrick said. “I even went to a grief counseling group at church. When it came my time to say something, I couldn’t do it. I never went back.”

But then the University of Tennessee, where he once played college football, called his Chattanooga home this past week. UT officials wanted him to hold the American flag during Saturday’s national anthem, then carry it through the “T” just before the Cincinnati game.

“I was a little surprised,” Lenoir said during halftime of the Volunteers’ 45-23 rout of the Bearcats. “But I decided to give it a try. I thought it would be a real treat for my family.”

Family. On this day above all days, we are a family of 312 million people strong, all of us deeply touched in one way or another by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Or as Lenoir said, “Everybody in this country was affected. Everybody was hurt. I just had a little more personal experience with it than some.”

But his father, John, had begun to talk to media outlets the last few weeks as the 10th anniversary swiftly approached. Patrick followed suit with The State paper in Columbia, S.C., mostly because that’s where he lived the first time he visited Neyland Stadium in 1982, the year Rob would throw the key block on a Duke kickoff return that would do in the Big Orange.

“I was for Duke that night,” Patrick said. “But then my parents moved to Memphis and I became a Vol.”

So 20 years after he’d last run through the “T” as No. 65 in the UT game program, nine years and 364 days after one of the two worst days in this nation’s history and the worst day of the Lenoir family’s life, here came Patrick running down the middle of Neyland Stadium’s perfect grass field, the Stars and Stripes held high, 94,207 roaring their approval.

“I was pumped in the locker room,” he said. “It was just like 20 years ago. I was slapping helmets, telling guys to go get ’em. They probably thought, ‘Who the heck is this guy?'”

In truth, they all knew who he was.

“That meant a lot,” said senior linebacker Austin Johnson. “That day is a tragic day for all of us, but just seeing him, seeing everybody come together, is a great sign.”

Patrick was the last Lenoir to quit looking for some sign that his brother would return home 10 years ago to his wife and children.

“I think my dad knew right away,” said Patrick, who has yet to visit Ground Zero. “I held on for two or three days. I just kept telling everybody that Rob was out there somewhere, that his cell phone just wouldn’t work, that he’d call one of us any minute.”

Instead, every year at this time, “The television channels all run videos of the planes hitting the building. I never get to let it go.”

But something different happened this year. Perhaps it was the gentle, comforting love of his wife, the former Kristy Dobson, who once starred for the UT volleyball team.

Maybe it was strong encouragement from his close friend Andy Kelly, the former UT quarterback for whom Lenoir once blocked.

Perhaps it was the endless support of his Chattanooga friends, the ones who phoned and sent food all those years ago, or the ones he didn’t even know who “wrote three- and four-page letters of support.”

Maybe it was the hugs of his three children: sons Jackson and Bailey, who caught two touchdown passes Friday night for East Hamilton, and daughter Emma.

Perhaps it was even the May killing of Osama bin Laden, the evil mastermind of the 9/11 attacks.

“That was special,” Patrick said. “You’re crazy if you think that will stop terrorism. But, hopefully, the world will be more peaceful now.”

Or maybe, hopefully, the passage of 10 years finally has brought some peace to the entire Lenoir family and all those other families whose lives were torn apart that awful Tuesday morning.

Perhaps to that end, when asked how he intended to spend anniversary No. 10, Lenoir said, “I’ve never actually been to a 9/11 service, but I’m going to go tomorrow.”