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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Hog Heaven

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2006 at 11:53 AM

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There's one national ranking in which Arkansas has few peers. That would be in the quality of athletic facilities at the flagship university. Don't believe us? Check this article in the leading newspaper in South Carolina, which wants to improve its athletic facilities. It's a slack-jawed encyclopedia of the world of Hog sports (except it sounds like Houston Nutt hopes for a locker room upgrade for the football team to match the baseball team.)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — On the first night of the SEC Championships in May, athletics director Frank Broyles stood alone in the press box at Arkansas’ new track stadium, wearing a red blazer and surveying the action unfolding at what one of the Razorbacks’ coaches called the final piece in the school’s athletics “empire.” ...

Under the leadership of Broyles, who became athletics director in 1973, and due to the generosity of the biggest industry leaders in the state, Arkansas has turned Razorback Road into Park Place and Boardwalk on the SEC Monopoly board.

With no other major university in the state to compete for the attention of fans and their checkbooks, Broyles has spent the past dozen years building facilities that are the marvel of conference coaches and administrators and — from top to bottom — compare favorably with those of any school in the country.

A slice of Hog Heaven smack dab in the Ozark Mountain plateau in northwest Arkansas.

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