|Arkansas Razorbacks Football|
2020 Arkansas Razorbacks
|Athletic director||Hunter Yurachek|
|Head coach||Sam Pittman|
|1st year, 0–0 (.000)|
|Home stadium||Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium|
|Field||Frank Broyles Field|
|Stadium surface||Tahoma 31 (Fayetteville)|
FieldTurf (Little Rock)
|Conference||Southeastern Conference (SEC)|
|Past conferences||Independent (1894–1914)|
Southwest Conference (1915–1991)
|All-time record||716–504–40 (.584)|
|Postseason bowl record||15–24–3 (.393)|
|Claimed national titles||1 (1964)|
|Rivalries||Ole Miss (rivalry)|
Texas A&M (rivalry)
|Colors||Cardinal and White
|Fight song||Arkansas Fight|
|Marching band||Best in Sight and Sound|
The Arkansas Razorbacks football team represents the University of Arkansas located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks are a member of the NCAA FBS Southeastern Conference and play their home games at the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks are currently coached by Sam Pittman. As of 2019, the program has 1 claimed national championship awarded by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and Helms Athletic Foundation (HAF) in 1964, 1 unclaimed national championship awarded by the Foundation for the Analysis of Competitions and Tournaments (FACT) in 1977, 13 conference championships, 45 All-Americans, and an all-time record of 716–504–40.
Early history (1894–1957)
The first University of Arkansas football team was formed in 1894 and coached by John Futrall, who was a Latin professor at the University. That team played three games: two against Fort Smith High School and one against Texas. Before the 1909 season, the teams were called the Arkansas Cardinals and a bird was the school's mascot. The name and mascot changed following the 1909 season when the football team, coached by Hugo Bezdek, finished 7–0. The Cardinals became the Razorbacks after Arkansas defeated LSU 7-0 and coach Bezdek told them they were "as tough" as a band of fighting Razorbacks. The Wooo Pig Sooie or calling the Hogs became a tradition and the official school cheer in the 1920s when farmers rushing out to meet the bus returning from an away game called the hogs as a greeting. Arkansas prevailed over powerhouses Oklahoma, LSU and Washington of St. Louis in 1909, and was declared unofficial champions of the South and Southwest. It was with the help of Steve Creekmore that this was accomplished. Creekmore became perhaps the first Razorback star, a quarterback from Van Buren, Arkansas who initially played only Intramural sports. Bezdek used Creekmore to install a very early edition of the hurry-up offense, as the team never huddled and chased the ball after every play. Creekmore was also known for "fast and slippery running, blocking, and passing" and could also return punts and tackle well.
The Razorbacks joined the Southwest Conference (SWC) as charter members in 1915. The conference also included teams from Texas (Baylor, Rice, Texas, Texas A&M) and Oklahoma (Oklahoma, Oklahoma A&M). Southwestern (TX) would also join, but leave the following year. The 1916, 1917, and 1919 teams were led at quarterback by "Arkansas' greatest athlete" Gene Davidson. The Razorbacks didn't have a winning conference record until 1920, and didn't win the conference championship until 1936. Arkansas had the best record during the 1933 season, but had to forfeit the SWC Championship because Ulysses "Heine" Schleuter, who had no eligibility remaining, played on the team. Schleuter had told coach Fred Thomsen that he was eligible, but he was recognized by an SMU player during the game as a former Cornhusker. The Hogs did accept an invitation to the 1934 Dixie Classic, a precursor to today's Cotton Bowl Classic. Arkansas became rivals with Ole Miss due to proximity. Although not SWC members, Ole Miss played Arkansas intermittently until a yearly series began from 1952–1961. During the 1938 season, the Razorbacks replaced their 300-seat stadium known as The Hill with Bailey Stadium, named after Arkansas governor Carl Bailey. It was known as University Stadium for one game before being changed to honor the governor. This stadium still exists today, although heavily renovated, as Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the current home of the Razorbacks.
Frank Broyles era (1958–1976)
Missouri head coach Frank Broyles was hired as the Razorbacks head football coach in 1957 and served in that position for 19 years. Arkansas would grow into a national power with Broyles at the helm, including several conference championships and a national title. Arkansas would earn a share of the 1959 SWC Championship, splitting with Texas. Arkansas lost only to #3 Texas and #6 Ole Miss during the season. The Hogs went to Jacksonville, Florida and defeated Georgia Tech in the 1960 Gator Bowl 14–7, avenging an earlier Cotton Bowl Classic defeat. Barry Switzer was a co-captain on the team. Some, including University of Arkansas Chancellor and student during 1958, John White, view the Razorback football team during this period as a revival of Arkansas, which was recovering from the Little Rock Nine and racial segregation problems.
The 1960s was the best decade in Arkansas football history. ESPN ranked Arkansas the 19th most prestigious program in college football, but if only this decade was included, the Hogs would be 10th. 1960 brought another SWC crown, and a Cotton Bowl Classic invitation for the Hogs, who were ranked as high as 7th during the season. The Razorbacks lost to #2 Ole Miss and #20 Baylor, but defeated #11 Texas in Austin, bringing the championship to Fayetteville. The Hogs lost to Duke, 7–6, because of a blocked extra point. The following season brought another shared SWC championship with Texas. The Hogs were defeated by the Longhorns 33–7, as well as the #9 Ole Miss Rebels, warranting an invitation to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. #1 Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Razorbacks 10–3. The Crimson Tide had been declared National Champions before the game, which was the procedure at the time. The Hogs would fight this system in 1964, when the same Alabama team would claim the 1964 AP crown before losing the Orange Bowl to the Texas Longhorns, a team Arkansas defeated in Austin, Texas during the regular season. Arkansas won the Cotton Bowl Classic over Nebraska, 10–7.
|2019||Chad Morris, Barry Lunney||2-10|
|2012||John L. Smith||4-8|
|2007||Houston Nutt; Reggie Herring||8-5|
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