Arkansas cornerback Ryan Pulley announces he’s out for the season, and we are better for it

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Ryan Pulley’s out-for-season announcement

The Arkansas cornerback eschewed the Razorbacks sports information department Friday and announced to the public the pectoral injury he suffered against Florida A&M would require him to miss the rest of the season.

It’s a serious blow to a defense that ranked 10th in the SEC in scoring in 2016. Pulley is the team’s top cover cornerback and there was a strong possibility he was bound for the NFL after this season. He’s that good. The flip side is, with Arkansas, cornerback is the Razorbacks’ strongest and deepest position.

Pulley’s announcement was not a surprise. Our Trent Shadid reported Thursday night that Pulley said he thought he had done the same thing as Kevin Richardson, Arkansas’ nickelback, had done last season. Richardson tore his pec in the 2016 opener and missed the rest of the season.

What was a surprise was Pulley beating his coach and the SID office to the punch. In an era where everything is prim and proper, where athletes are rarely able to showcase their personalities, Pulley took a chance. We received real, undiluted words from the player himself. Not a press release masquerading as a player’s story but direct from the source.

Good for Pulley. Hopefully, we get more of that in the future, from all players.

Arkansas basketball player Arlando Cook arrested over weekend

Arkansas senior forward Arlando Cook was arrested over the weekend on a few pretty serious charges.

According to a police report, Cook is accused of beating an unconscious man outside a restaurant. Cook was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and first-degree assault. The report states the assault was about a woman and Cook was arrested early Saturday morning and released on bond Saturday around noon.

The Associated Press story attributed a comment from coach Mike Anderson that the allegations are “unacceptable behavior.”

The story is somewhat reminiscent of two alleged assaults then-Arkansas forward Jacorey Williams was accused of in July 2015. Williams left the team shortly after. It’s unclear what happens next with Cook. He averaged 2.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game last season.

Bret Bielema’s troll at The Daily Caller is back

Remember David Hookstead? He’s the writer at The Daily Caller who trolled Arkansas coach Bret Bielema last September. Hookstead is the guy who wrote the story of Bielema and wife Jen’s meeting was bollocks.

He’s back. A quick Google search shows Hookstead is fascinated with Bielema. It’s very, very odd. His latest piece is about his shock that Las Vegas does not have strong odds on Bielema being fired any time soon.

In August, Hookstead wrote that he got inside Bielema’s head. He’s the reason Arkansas struggled.

This is why people don’t trust “the media.”

ICYMI

  • It was a great weekend for former Arkansas baseball players. Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi was named American League Rookie of the Month for August. Marlins infielder Brian Anderson picked up his first career hit in the majors, too. Anderson went on to get a hit in his next two games as well.
  • Stacy Lewis is the greatest golfer in Arkansas history. Men’s or women’s. One of the best on the LPGA Tour, Lewis announced Wednesday she would donate her entire earnings at the tournament she played this weekend to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Lewis then went out and won her first tournament in three years.
  • Former Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen and former running back Jonathan Williams were among the surprise cuts as NFL teams trimmed their rosters before the regular season starts.
  • Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist Wally Hall wrote last week that the FAMU-Arkansas matchup could be the last game the Razorbacks play in War Memorial Stadium. He answered some fans’ questions with a Sunday follow-up column.
  • Our guy Shadid follows all the Arkansas commits in their high school football seasons. Here’s a breakdown how they did, most of them in Week 1 or 2 of their seasons.

Tweets and the like

Former Arkansas defensive back Willie Sykes never cracked the secondary rotation while with the Razorbacks. In fact, he spent some time in the coaches’ doghouse. And that makes his tweet Saturday all the more curious now that he’s at Texas Tech.

The good news for Allen, despite being cut, is twofold. Associated Press reporter Mark Long thinks Allen will be re-signed to the team’s practice squad … if he isn’t picked up by another team first. Allen was technically put on waivers Sunday.

The sweetest swing I’ve ever had the pleasure to see up close on a regular basis, this guy here has it. Mercy me.

As someone who had zero power when he played baseball, I can appreciate infield hits. Like, a lot. Kudos to my fellow Oklahoman (#OKpreps) Anderson for this beaut in his debut.

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