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Mangino speaks at Little Rock Touchdown Club (Part 3)

Mangino at a 2007 KU basketball game

Eric Mangino is a fine coach. Here is a portion of an article by Jim Harris:

STRANGE YEAR: Mark Mangino noted the unusual college football season, from six more more teams being in the mix to make the BCS Championship Game in the second half of November, to the great success the 72-year-old Bill Snyder has had in his second turn at Kansas State, to the problems that surfaced last week at Penn State that cost Joe Paterno his job.

Mangino and Bob Stoops, as well as ousted Arizona coach Mike Stoops, were on Snyder’s staff in the 1990s.

A native of Pennsylvania, Mangino said Paterno’s firing after the allegations of child molestation by a former Penn State assistant coach hit home.

Mangino has seen a lot of the strange 2011 strike close to home. He was an assistant for a year under Jim Tressel at Youngstown State, where Mangino played. Tressel, of course, lost his job this year in all the irregularities that surfaced at Ohio State starting last December.

The two roads to a Razorback national championship in 2011 jh83

An impressive 49-7 victory over the UT Vols helped the Razorbacks rise to #6 in the BCS. Now we need Oklahoma to beat Okl St and Auburn to beat Alabama and then Arkansas will have a road to the National Championship. With a victory over Miss St and LSU and then a victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game then Arkansas would climb to the either 1 or 2 in the BCS and qualify for the BCS Championship game.

The second road would be if we beat Miss St and LSU and Alabama goes to the SEC Championship game and loses to Georgia.

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson scored on two touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, helping the Razorbacks post a 49-7 victory over Tennessee and rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

Photo by Jason Ivester

Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson scored on two touchdown runs of 71 and 15 yards Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, helping the Razorbacks post a 49-7 victory over Tennessee and rise from No. 8 to No. 6 in the BCS standings.

Below article from today’s Arkansas Democrat Gazette:

Monday, November 14, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has matched its highest Bowl Championship Series ranking at No. 6 in the latest standings released on Sunday night.

The Razorbacks also were No. 6 in the Nov. 19, 2006 BCS standings after a 28-14 victory at Mississippi State clinched the SEC West title and extended their winning streak to 10 games. Arkansas lost to LSU 31-26 in its next game to begin a three-game losing skid to end the 2006 season.

Arkansas (9-1, 5-1) moved up two spots from No. 8 in last week’s BCS standings thanks to a 49-7 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night Alabama (9-1) at .910, Oregon (9-1) at .876 and Oklahoma (9-1) at .840. The Razorbacks are at .797.

Arkansas moved up two spots in the human polls that form two-thirds of the BCS equation — from No. 8 to No. 6 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and the Harris poll.

combined with Boise State losing to TCU 36-35 and Stanford losing to Oregon 53-30.

Stanford fell from No. 4 to No. 9 in the BCS standings while Boise State fell from No. 5 to No. 10.

LSU (10-0) remains No. 1 with a .993 score, followed by Oklahoma State (10-0) at .946,

Arkansas remained at No. 6 in the computer rankings, which make up one-third of the formula, moving ahead of Boise State, which went from tied for 4th to 12th in the computers. Oregon, No. 8 in last week’s computer component, moved into a tie for fourth with Oklahoma after defeating previously unbeaten Stanford.

Arkansas moved over Stanford in the human polls, but the Hogs were already ahead of the Cardinal in the computer last week.

Overall, the Hogs added .050 to their BCS average, going from .745 to .795, the second-largest upward move of any team in the top six. No. 4 Oregon rose 1.047 after beating Stanford.

Arkansas’ move from No. 8 to No. 6 was to be expected after the losses of Stanford and Boise State. The Oregon-Stanford game was still being played while the Razorbacks did postgame interviews, but they knew Boise State had lost.

“It was good to see Boise State lose,” Arkansas senior defensive end Jake Bequette said. “I’m not a big fan of theirs. Hopefully, we’ll take their place and just keep moving up.”

The Razorbacks actually took Oklahoma’s place at No. 6, but the opportunity is there for them to go higher in the next two weeks with games against Mississippi State on Saturday in Little Rock and at LSU on Nov. 25. If the Razorbacks win those two games, they possibly could play in the SEC Championship Game depending on what Alabama does in its final two games against Georgia Southern and at Auburn.

“Being 9-1 is great, but I think there’s still some wins left out there for us, and a lot of goals left out there to achieve,” Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said. “We’re going to keep pressing forward and really focus on finishing strong.”

The Razorbacks routed Tennessee in the final Fayetteville game for 17 seniors. Four of the seniors scored touchdowns: receivers Joe Adams and Jarius Wright and running backs Broderick Green and De’Anthony Curtis.

“It was just fun to watch,” Wilson said of the big plays by the seniors. “It’s fun to see the evolution of the entire program, where it was when we walked in and started a bunch of young guys.

“We really kind of got beat up that first year [in 2008], and to see where we’re at now, and send them out right, feels great.”

Bequette said he didn’t take any time Saturday night soaking in the scene at his last game in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

“This is all business right now,” Bequette said. “This team’s on a mission. We’re not taking any time to look around and enjoy the scenery.

“We’re 9-1 and we’ve got two big SEC games left. This was just one more win.”

The SEC has three of the top six teams in the BCS standings for the third time. The other two times were the fourth week standings in 1999 (No. 4 Florida, No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 Alabama) and first week standings n 2005 (No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 LSU).

Other SEC teams in this week’s BCS standings are are No. 12 South Carolina, No. 14 Georgia and No. 24 Auburn.

Tom Murpy’s ballot

  1. LSU 2. Oklahoma State 3. Alabama 4. Arkansas 5. Oregon 6. Oklahoma 7. Clemson 8. Georgia 9. Wisconsin 10. Virginia Tech 11. Stanford 12. Boise State 13. S. Carolina 14. Nebraska 15. Mich. State 16. Southern Cal 17. Kansas State 18. Houston 19. Michigan 20. Florida State 21. TCU 22. So. Miss 23. Virginia 24. Notre Dame 25. Georgia Tech


Penn State, Cincinnati, Texas

Sports, Pages 15 on 11/14/2011