Hogs arrive in Memphis

by cotte on December 28, 2009

MEMPHIS The Arkansas Razorbacks rolled into the heart of the entertainment district of this Mississippi River city Sunday.

The Arkansas contingent checked into the historic Peabody Hotel, just a couple of blocks away from worldrenowned Beale Street, but the minds of the Razorbacks won’t be on the blues or barhopping while they are here.

They’re focused on coming away with a Liberty Bowl trophy Saturday, when they take on East Carolina.

We’ve been practicing for a long time, defensive end Jake Bequette said. Bowl practices are a long, hard road of work, but we’re ready tocash in on Saturday and just kind of lay it out there.

Offensive tackle Ray Dominguez said he’s eager to check out the Memphis Grizzlies game tonight at FedEx Forum, but he knows the underlying purpose of the trip.

Not going to a bowl last year really put some fuel in that fire for the team, Dominguez said.

The Razorbacks, who were in the midst of traveling Saturday and Sunday, were vaguely aware of the Urban Meyer story that broke overnight Saturday. Florida’s fifth-year coach was said to be stepping down late Saturday night, but Sunday he said he’d changed his mind and would be taking a leave of absence instead.

Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino’s name was thrown out Saturday night by ESPN’s Mark May and ESPN. com’s Chris Low as an attractive candidate for the Gators job, but by Sunday afternoon that wasn’t a concern for the Razorbacks. [read more]

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