Arkansas athletics, through a partnership with Learfield IMG College and Sport & Story, is excited to bring fans The Hog Pod with Bo Mattingly.
The weekly podcast features 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 content 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.
Episode 62: Jarius Wright
Did you know that, statistically speaking, Jarius Wright is one of the best players in Razorback history? Wright holds the school record for career receiving yards AND the single-season record for touchdown catches. And he did it all despite being one of the smallest guys on the field. Coming out of Warren, Ark., alongside teammates Greg Childs and Chris Gragg, Wright was first recruited by Houston Nutt and decided to stick with Arkansas when Bobby Petrino was hired. It turned out to be the right move. He was a key cog on Arkansas’ most successful teams of the Razorbacks’ SEC era in 2010 and 2011. Those teams went a combined 21-5, and Wright was front and center. So how’d he do it? How did a small kid from a small town in Arkansas end up making big play after big play for the Razorbacks, and then in the NFL? This is Jarius Wright’s story.
Episode 61: Joe Kleine
Few former Razorbacks have had as fascinating a pro career as Joe Kleine. After all, how did a kid from Slater, Mo., end up playing alongside guys like Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan over the course of a 15-year NBA career? As it turns out, his journey would intersect with Jordan’s multiple times—in the NBA, in the Olympics, and at Arkansas. How he got to Arkansas is a story in and of itself, but once he transferred in, he established himself as one of the best big men in Razorback history. He would go on to win a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics, and was the No. 6 pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. He would play for seven different teams, but most memorably, he had a front-row seat to “The Last Dance” as a member of the 1998 Chicago Bulls. So what was it like to play with Michael Jordan? How was Scottie Pippen? And what about the always-colorful Dennis Rodman? This is the story of one hell of a ride that led Joe Kleine to the last dance.
Episode 60: Frank Ragnow
From a talent standpoint, it’s no surprise Frank Ragnow has found success at the highest level. He was a 4-star prospect with offers from some of the best programs in the nation, an All-American and All-SEC performer at Arkansas, and was a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Ragnow is a guy who loves life and is the same person every day. But that doesn’t mean his journey to becoming a starting center in the NFL has been easy. During his sophomore year at Arkansas, his mom was diagnosed with cancer. And while she has recovered, the news rocked Ragnow. As a senior, he suffered a season – and college career-ending – ankle injury that required surgery. But it was during his junior year when his world shattered: his dad suddenly passed away after a heart attack. And dealing with the grief has understandably been a struggle. Through it all, Ragnow is driven by the desire to compete against the best. Just don’t expect him to change who he is.
Episode 59: Danyelle Musselman
Danyelle Musselman didn’t envision herself being where she is today. That’s not surprising given her past career as a national sportscaster, working for the likes of ESPN and Fox Sports. But sometimes, life takes you in a different direction, and you end up on an unexpected but rewarding path—in this case, being a mom and a coach’s wife. So how did Danyelle and Eric Musselman meet? And how did one big decision—and a career sacrifice—impact the entire Musselman clan, and put them on the path that led to the University of Arkansas? This is her story.
Episode 58: Dusty Hannahs
Former Arkansas Razorbacks guard Dusty Hannahs has made a career of proving the doubters wrong. He’s heard the criticisms, and it just makes him work harder. Make no mistake: Hannahs excelled at Arkansas, leading the team in scoring in his two seasons on The Hill after transferring from Texas Tech. Now he’s finding success in the G League and has twice made it to the NBA — the pinnacle of the sport — on 10-day contracts. So why is he still fighting negative perceptions about his game, or the idea that he’s just a shooter? His story is one of how criticism has fueled his fire to be the best player he can be, and fulfill his dream of being an NBA mainstay.
Episode 57: Chris Crutchfield
Chris Crutchfield knows how to recruit. He helped Oklahoma land eventual top-six NBA Draft picks in Buddy Hield and Trae Young, and he’s now aided Eric Musselman in putting together a top-six signing class at Arkansas. So how has he done it? What’s the key to being an elite recruiter? We chat with him about those topics and more—including why he decided to join Musselman’s staff—in this all-new episode.
Episode 56: Corey Beck – Part 2
Corey Beck was the heart and soul of the Arkansas Razorbacks’ 1994 national championship team, and was beloved by fans for his toughness, grit and grind. But he also feels misunderstood. In Part 2 of our two-part story, we talk with him about his post-Arkansas playing days in the CBA (where he would run into Eric Musselman), the struggles he sometimes faced in his life after basketball, and how one terrifying night led to him turning his life around.
Episode 55: Corey Beck – Part 1
When you think of the name Corey Beck, what comes to mind? He didn’t win a lot of awards, but without him, there probably isn’t a national title to celebrate. His toughness and competitive nature made him a fan favorite, but where did that grit and grind come from? It started with him growing up and playing ball in Memphis, and via a trip to the JUCO ranks, would end up with him finding the perfect match for him as a coach in Hall of Famer Nolan Richardson. Hard work would help his game flourish, as he became the unquestioned leader on the best Razorback team in history. In the first episode of a two-part story, it’s how Corey Beck’s early life helped Arkansas win the 1994 national championship.
Episode 54: Inside the Mind of Sam Pittman
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 and what doesn’t. And that extends into recruiting, an area where Pittman has had tremendous success throughout his career. And relationships with current players are just as important. Pittman is going to tell you what’s on his mind and how he feels. He’s transparent and honest, qualities that resonate in the state of Arkansas. 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.
Episode 53: Building the Program with Muss
The offseason came quicker for college basketball than anyone expected. But Arkansas and head coach Eric Musselman got right to work. From posting viral videos on social media and marketing, to statistical breakdowns and helping his guys improve, we go behind the scenes of building a program.
Episode 52: Earl Boykins
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. Because of his height, Boykins wasn’t on the recruiting radar of major college basketball teams, but still managed to find some NCAA Tournament magic. How’d he do it? And how, despite doubts, did he manage to eventually carve out a role in the NBA? We cover it all in this episode, from getting his shot in the NBA to what he’s doing now at Arkansas with Eric Musselman.
Episode 51: Kendal Briles
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. We chat with Kendal about his journey to joining Sam Pittman’s staff at Arkansas, his offensive philosophy and what he’s learned along the way.
Episode 50: Mason Jones
Mason Jones is in the thick of the conversation for SEC Player of the Year. But getting to that point hasn’t been easy. In our 50th episode, we talk with him about why he was overshadowed by his brother and sister—who would go on to win a national title at Duke and set assist records at Texas A&M, respectively. Mason tells us about why he struggled with weight as a kid, not getting major college offers and going the JUCO route. Now he’s setting records and leading Arkansas in scoring … and he’s not living in anyone’s shadow.
Episode 49: Matt Hobbs
How do you get a player past the point of being scared to fail? Getting his pitchers to believe they have the stuff to succeed is Matt Hobbs’ M.O. We chat with Arkansas’ pitching coach and learn how he does just that, becoming known as one of the top coaches in the game when it comes to using analytics and technology. Hobbs takes us through his coaching journey, why he loves to learn and why working at Arkansas is the best baseball job in the country.
Episode 48: Alexis Tolefree
Alexis Tolefree was told she was too small to play in the SEC. Now, she’s one of the best shooters in the league. We get to know the senior standout, and talk about her love for collecting sneakers (3:15), as well as how she developed her work ethic and wouldn’t let her size define her (7:57). She tells us about her relationship with her mom and the sacrifices that went into creating her basketball career (17:00). We hear the story of how she lost a ping-pong game to Mike Neighbors that helped seal her commitment to the Razorbacks (26:10), and the difficulties of transferring from a JUCO and adjusting to major college life (31:25). Finally, we get into what defines her and who she wants to be (35:17).
Episode 47: Inside the Mind of Dave Van Horn
Dave Van Horn wants to win a national championship for his alma mater. In this episode, we go inside the mind of the Razorbacks’ head coach. We talk about building a winning culture (5:00), how he runs practice (18:44) and his relationship with umpires (23:38). DVH tells us about the role of analytics in his program (28:59) and how he game plans for an SEC series (30:44). Finally, we get into how he’s changed in his time at Arkansas and his desire to bring home a national title (38:43).
Episode 46: Barry Odom
Barry Odom is regarded as one of the best defensive minds in college football. We talk to him about his career, including how he found himself being the new defensive coordinator at Arkansas (2:13). We talk about what makes a good defense in today’s game (11:11), and about how he got into coaching and what his time at Missouri was like (17:00). Finally, he tells us what his vision is for building a defense at Arkansas (25:55).
Episode 45: Jimmy Whitt Jr.
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 (2:13). He tells us why he ended up transferring back to the Razorbacks (7:55), and about his unique play on the court (15:00). We talk about what it’s like to play for Eric Musselman (19:14) and how he thinks his teammates would describe him (26:30). Finally, we get some thoughts from him on this year’s squad (28:05).
Episode 44: Sidney Moncrief
Sidney Moncrief is a Basketball Hall of Famer and a member of the legendary “Triplets” who led Arkansas to the 1978 Final Four. We start our conversation with the five-time NBA All-Star about what he’s most proud of in his career (3:25), what growing up in Arkansas was like and how he started playing basketball. We talk about how he ended up at Arkansas with Eddie Sutton (16:06), and how Sutton helped unlock the Triplets’ potential (23:40). Moncrief tells us what made him a great defensive player (37:35) and even shares a hilarious Michael Jordan story (40:16). Finally, we talk about what it was like to get the call that he was heading to the Hall of Fame (46:50).
Episode 43: Matt Zimmerman
Matt Zimmerman is all Razorback, no matter what. We sit down with the current radio color analyst for men’s basketball games to talk about his life and career, starting with growing up in Arkansas and the difficulty of transitioning to his new role (5:56). We talk about how he became a student manager with the Razorback basketball team (20:09) and his role in the “Strollin’ with Nolan” game (28:34). He tells us about his time in the Army and becoming a high school coach, and how he ended up on Mike Anderson’s staff at UAB, Missouri and Arkansas (35:35). We get into his transition into his new role as radio analyst (47:38), and finally, he shares a must-listen story about finding a lucky penny (56:14).
Episode 42: Isaiah Joe
Isaiah Joe is one of the best shooters in college basketball, and we sat down with him to help Hog fans get to know one of the Razorbacks’ stars. We begin our conversation with him always wanting to be a Razorback (2:04) and putting in the work to continually get better (7:30). He talks about what it’s like to play for Eric Musselman (11:52), and why he wants to be known as more than just a shooter (14:21). We get to know Isaiah a little better, talking about everything from favorite TV shows and movies to who he thinks is the best basketball player of all time (19:45). Finally, we get his thoughts on where he sees his future in basketball (26:53).
Episode 41: Mike Neighbors
Mike Neighbors’ dream has always been to be the head coach of Arkansas’ women’s basketball team. His coaching story starts with a conversation on how getting cut from the Razorback baseball team spurred him on to try coaching (2:49). We talk about why he’s eliminated “goals” from the program (7:50) and how he started his coaching career at the high school level (13:54). Neighbors tells us about how having his first heart attack at 29 changed everything for him (16:45), and how that journey led to him getting his first head coaching job at Washington (26:11). Finally, we get into how playing guitar helps him decompress (42:00), and how he’d describe himself as a coach (43:29).
Episode 40: Sam Pittman
Sam Pittman is the new Head Hog, in this episode we tell his story. We start with how he fell in love with the Razorbacks as a teenager (4:00), and how getting offered the head coaching job is one of the highlights of his life (9:10). We talk about what he looks like as a head coach (21:31), and how he plans to recruit at Arkansas (27:36). Finally, we get into how he wants to build a staff (36:07) and how he plans on making this his final coaching stop (39:29).
Episode 39: David Bazzel
Few have been better ambassadors for college football in Arkansas than former Razorback linebacker David Bazzel. We sat down with “the Baz” to hear his story, starting with how he ended up at Arkansas coming out of Florida (3:16). We talk about what it was like to go through a coaching change (9:03), and his memories of playing for the Razorbacks (18:25). He tells us how he got into media (25:25), and how the Broyles Award was founded (36:32). We talk about the creation of the Golden Boot trophy (39:06), and finally, what he wants his legacy to be (47:00).
Episode 38: Corey Williams
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 get to know the Razorback basketball assistant, starting with what he likes about Eric Musselman (4:00) and his relationship with Eddie Sutton (10:45). He tells the story of how he was selected in both the NFL and NBA Drafts (12:55), and we chat about his experience playing with Jordan and the Bulls (19:06). Finally, we get into the lessons he learned from playing in a championship environment (28:15).
Episode 37: Clay Moser
Clay Moser has more than a decade of experience in the NBA, including coaching LeBron James last season, and is at the forefront of analytics. We sat down with him to tell his story, starting with working with LeBron and the Lakers (4:28), and how he got into coaching at NC State with Jim Valvano (9:08). He tells us an incredible and funny Valvano story (12:53), and how he sees analytics in basketball (21:00). Finally, we get into how he plans on leading the analytics charge at Arkansas (30:00).
Episode 36: Brandon Allen
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 (3:43). We talk about how he started playing football and became a quarterback (15:35), and how he always wanted to play for the Hogs (20:43). Later, we get into the crazy early parts of his Razorback career (23:42), battling through injuries and criticism (30:20). Finally, we discuss how his career has gone so far and how he remembers his time at Arkansas (36:39).
Episode 35: Chelsea Dungee
Arkansas women’s basketball standout Chelsea Dungee is already a school record holder and is on the Wooden Award watch list. She tells us her powerful and emotional story, starting with what she feels her purpose is and her goal of being a first-round WNBA Draft pick (5:07). Chelsea talks about how her mom inspires her and how she learned from her when their home burned down in high school (9:27). We talk about what kind of teammate she is (19:19), and how she says she doesn’t need to get away from the game and recharge (23:23). Finally, we get into why she’s a bad loser (28:40) and not letting her emotions get the best of her on the court (30:40).
Episode 34: Chris Gragg
We sit down with former Razorback Chris Gragg and go behind the scenes of what it was like to be a player during the Bobby Petrino era. We start with Chris getting recruited by Houston Nutt and being a part of one of the best signing classes in program history (2:45). He tells us about growing up in Warren, Ark., (10:17) and then the successes with the Razorbacks and getting to the Sugar Bowl (16:00). We talk about what it was like to play for Petrino (20:25). Chris tells us about playing for John L. Smith, and why things just weren’t the same (26:26). Finally, we get into how Chris overcame injuries to make it in the NFL, and what the draft process was like (33:29).
Episode 33: Inside the Mind of Muss
We go inside the mind of first-year men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman in the latest episode. 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).
Episode 32: Jim Lindsey
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 unsuccessful run for governor (24:56), and how his impact on the University of Arkansas continued after his playing days (31:28). Finally, we talk to his grandson, Jack, a third-generation Razorback (39:25), and discuss Jim’s legacy (43:09).
Episode 31: How it Works: Football Road Game
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).
Episode 30: Colby Hale
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 about 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).
Episode 29: Houston Nutt
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), and 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 (53:33).
Episode 28: 48 Hours
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).
Episode 27: Quinn Grovey
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).
Episode 26: T.J. Smith
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).
Episode 25: Dre Greenlaw
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).
Episode 24: How It Works: Facilities
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 Donald W. Reynolds 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 end zone 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).
Episode 23: Turner Gill
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 pro 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).
Episode 22: The Dean
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 and Houston Nutt (27:35). Featuring appearances by Darren McFadden, Clint Stoerner and Houston Nutt.
Episode 21: Ken Hatfield
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).
Episode 20: Chris Bader
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 shares advice on getting mentally healthy (28:00).
Episode 19: Clint Stoerner
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).
Episode 18: Major League Hogs
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).
Episode 17: Maria Fassi
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).
Episode 16: Finebaum
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).
Episode 15: Lance Harter
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 in California 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).
Episode 14: DVH
We sit down with Razorback baseball coach 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).
Episode 13: SEC Meetings
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).
Episode 12: Isaiah Campbell
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).
Episode 11: Hunter Yurachek
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).
Episode 10: From Bad to Super
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).
Episode 9: Hunter Woodhall
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).
Episode 8: Jordyn Wieber
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.
Episode 7: The Great Dane
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.
Episode 6: Hog Heaven
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).
Episode 5: Eric Musselman
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).
Episode 4: Quarterback or Bust
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).
Episode 3: Three Men, Two Eras, One Goal
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 Schaefer 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).
Episode 2: Norm DeBriyn
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 head 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).
Episode 1: Nolan Richardson
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.