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Arkansas Razorback Sports

Arkansas Razorback Sports

Arkansas has a long tradition of backing the men and women Razorback athletes, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, volleyball or any of the other eight sports at the University of Arkansas. Die-hard fans show up rain or shine to cheer on the Hogs.

The first team formed on campus and the flagship of the sports programs is the Razorback football team. More than a century ago, the Arkansas football team, then called the Arkansas Cardinals, returned from defeating LSU and as the legend goes, coach Hugo Bezdek proclaimed his team “played like a wild band of razorback hogs.” The name was adopted and the rest is history.

Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, where the Hogs take the field for each home game, holds 76,000 football fans – quite a bit more than the original stadium which held a mere 300 fans. Two Razorback games a year are played at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

There are many unique traditions that run deep throughout the athletic programs, like the famous Hog Call “Woo Pig Sooie,” the live mascot Tusk and the University of Arkansas fight song. The hog call and fight song resonate at all Razorback games and events and Tusk can be seen on the field during each football game. Arkansas is one of the few universities that maintain a live mascot program, but Razorback supporters young and old are fans of Tusk and are the primary reason that the tradition continues today.

Fans of the university and visitors to the area attend sporting events year-round as the school currently fields 17 total varsity teams - seven men’s and 10 women’s - in 12 sports. The men’s varsity sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, track and field, and of course, football; the women’s varsity sports include basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, tennis, softball and volleyball.

The Razorback athletic programs have received numerous awards throughout the years. In addition to a national NCAA basketball championship, other Razorback sports teams have won more than 40 national championships and numerous conference championships. The Razorback football team has won 11 conference championships and had 12 players and coaches elected to the National College Football Hall of Fame.

For more information on Razorback athletics, go to arkansasrazorbacks.com. For ticket information call 1-800-982-HOGS or 479-575-5151.

 

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