'Oh Lord' It's Hard to Be Humble

Access Pass holders’  first chance to pick up their 2015-16 Official UA Trough T-shirt will be this Thursday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. While there, you will have the chance to interact with Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, men’s basketball head coach Mike Anderson, women’s basketball coach Jimmy Dykes, soccer coach Colby Hale and volleyball coach Robert Pulliza. If you are unable to attend this event, there will be other opportunities available to pick up your shirt on the following days in the Union North Terrace off of the Connections Lounge:

Friday August 28th 11-1
Monday August 31st 11-1
Tuesday September 1st 11-1
Wednesday September 2nd 11-1
Thursday September 3rd 11-1
Friday September 4th 11-1

Students who have not already purchased an access pass for the 2015-16 academic year can do so by clicking here now. To become a Razorback Foundation Collegiate Member and receive invitations to special events, Razorback Foundation rewards packet, early admission to select events and priority ticket access, click here.

Hard to Be Humble

Why in the world do Razorback fans sing, “It’s Hard to Be Humble” after a football or basketball victory?

Perhaps the most fun of all Razorback traditions is singing “It’s Hard to Be Humble” because it takes place only after a victory. Legendary pep band director Jim Robken introduced the song sometime in the late 1970s. Robken and then coach Eddie Sutton worked on a number of ways to turn Barnhill Arena (where Arkansas played basketball at the time) into the loudest atmosphere possible. There were many opportunities to sing the song since the Hogs won 90 percent of the games they played in Barnhill while Sutton was coach.

The gist of the song? It’s hard to be humble when you are an Arkansas Razorback fan. Robken has been gone for over two decades but the tradition has lived on. After a football victory, the Hogs gather where they can be nearest the largest number of fans and sing the school fight song. Then the band plays, “It’s Hard to Be Humble.” After that the students, players and other fans sing the song. It’s the launch of celebration after enjoying a win.

(Full feature written by Rick Schaeffer on the Arkansas Razorbacks traditions can be found here.)