One winter sport at Arkansas looks dominant, anyway

Arkansas gymnastics is the best sport you’ve probably never seen in-person in Fayetteville.

Gymnastics isn’t the sport Arkansas athletics has had at the top of its interest list among fans in the wintertime for a while.

But coach Jordyn Wieber, a former Olympic champion, and the Razorbacks have been making a steady climb for the last couple years.

On Friday, the 11th-ranked Hogs beat Ohio State, 195.450 to 195.025 to earn Arkansas its first season-opening victory since 2014.

The Razorbacks beat Ohio State in each event and senior Kennedy Hambrick won the all-around title while also scoring within the top three of all four events (vault, bars, beam and floor).as stellar for a final score of 9.875. Arkansas continued to show its excellence on floor with a final mark of 49.100.

Arkansas’ next meet is Friday, January 14 against Auburn. The meet will mark the first ever gymnastics meet inside Bud Walton Arena.

Rutgers ends Arkansas’ soccer season in Elite Eight after penalties

Arkansas’ best-ever soccer season was ended by Rutgers in a penalty shootout in the Elite Eight.

Riley Tiernan made Rutgers’ final penalty shot after two periods of extra time and the Scarlet Knights beat Arkansas, 2-2 (4-2 on penalties) to go to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Final Four.

The Razorbacks’ season ended as its most successful in school history. Arkansas had never made the Elite Eight before Friday and finished the season with a record of  19-5, including a 9-1 mark in SEC play.

Anna Podojil missed the first attempt for Arkansas and Becci Fluchel followed with a make for Rutgers. Arkansas pulled one back on turn two with Kaelee Van Gundy scoring, but Amirah Ali matched her. On turn three, Haley VanFossen missed off the post for the Razorbacks, but Megan McClelland, Rutgers’ goalie, missed, as well. On turn four, Parker Goins scored, but Rutgers needed just one more to clinch. Tiernan was the hero.

The teams went to a penalty shootout after neither team could find the back of the net at the conclusion of two 10-minute frames of extra time.

Riley Tiernan opened the scoring just two minutes into the game as the Scarlet Knights advanced up the field quickly on a counter-attack after Parker Goins hit the post 28 seconds in and Kiley Dulaney’s shot was saved by Megan McClelland.

The Razorbacks rallied quickly. Anna Podojil scored her 16th goal of the season in the eighth minute and notched her third of the year in the 15th.

Rutgers answered with two minutes left in the first half when Amirah Ali tied things in the 44th.

The last best chance for Arkansas in regulation came in the 86th when Goins’ low shot went down the middle and McClelland came up with it.

Hello, Sweet 16: Arkansas soccer books spot after shutout of Virginia Tech

Arkansas soccer booked its spot in the Sweet 16 with a 3-0 win over Virginia Tech on Friday night.

A dominant performance Friday night in front of the homes easily lifted Arkansas over Virginia Tech, 3-0, in the Round of 32 in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament.

The Razorbacks, the No. 2 seed in their region, host Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The game can be seen on SEC Network+.

Anna Podojil potted her 15th goal of the season just five minutes in and the Hogs never looked back as Virginia Tech managed just one shot in the opening half. Reagan Swindall and Parker Goins added second-half goals to push the margin.

The Sweet 16 appearance is the third in school history. Arkansas made it to the round last year, but fell to eventual national champion Santa Clara.

Arkansas falls to Tennessee in SEC soccer title game

Arkansas soccer fell to Tennessee in the SEC Championship on Sunday. Hogs learn NCAA Tournament seed on Monday afternoon.

On to the NCAA Tournament.

Arkansas soccer’s pre-Dance season is over after the Razorbacks fell, 3-0, to Tennessee in the SEC Championship on Sunday afternoon. The fifth-ranked Hogs now wait to see their seeding and path to a potential national title.

The No. 10 Volunteers exacted a measure of revenge for when Arkansas won the regular-season game back in mid-September, 3-1. Wrenne French put the Vols ahead in the 43rd minute, Jaida Thomas tacked on an insurance goal in the 53rd and with the Hogs pushing forward to attempt to rally, Tennessee scored a final, from Hannah Tillett, in the 68th

Arkansas finishes its pre-NCAA Tournament season with a record of 16-4. Coach Colby Hale’s team will know its opponent for the tournament Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. when the NCAA Tournament selection show takes place. After COVID-19 shortened the tournament last year to just 48 teams, the field is back at 64 this year.

Arkansas made the Sweet 16 last year, falling to eventual national champion Santa Clara, 2-0.

Iconic Arkansas track coach calling it a career

Lance Harter is stepping away from the program in June 2023, with assistant coach Chris Johnson named head coach-in-waiting.

Lance Harter has been a staple of the Arkansas women’s track and field program for over three decades.

On Tuesday, the cross country and track head coach he announced he would retire in June 2023, giving Hunter Yurachek plenty of advance notice.

Longtime assistant Chris Johnson will take over the program effective July 1, 2023.

Harter had just recently won the SEC title, and is leaving the program in great hands with Johnson.

Johnson is in his 11th season with the Arkansas program, earning three National Assistant Coach of the Year honors that also accompany a dozen regional coaching honors.

Hall of fame credentials

Harter was inducted into the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame on December 15, 2014, at the organization’s convention in Phoenix. He is also a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, Mt. SAC Relays Hall of Fame and Cal Poly Hall of Fame. In November of 2020, Harter was selected to the 2021 induction class of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

 

A warm Happy Valley welcome to Rutgers Wire!

If you or someone you know is looking for information on Rutgers football, look no further than the brand new Rutgers Wire!

Just in time for the start of a new Big Ten and college football season, the lineup of College Wire sites on the USA TODAY Sports team has expanded. Today we extend a warm welcome to Rutgers Wire, which will be covering all things related to the Scarlet Knights.

Penn State and Rutgers have a long history on the football field, and the history has been rejuvenated against each other since the addition of Rutgers (and Maryland) to the Big Ten. With Rutgers joining the Big Ten, the Scarlet Knights have been an annual matchup for Penn State, with some games being played at the end of the season and others being moved around the schedule. Penn State was the first Big Ten opponent Rutgers faced when they joined the Big Ten. Although the Nittany Lions had a close call against Rutgers in the Big Ten debut for the Scarlet Knights, Penn State has managed to win every meeting in the Big Ten era of the rivalry.

In addition to checking out everything Rutgers Wire has to share on the website, be sure to also check them out on Twitter @RutgersWire. Tell them we sent you (and make sure you are following us too @NittanyLionWire)!

Now is a great time to get caught up and see what’s going on with the Rutgers program as they enter year two of the second era of Greg Schiano as a head coach. Rutgers may have a long way to go, but Schiano has Rutgers fans feeling pretty good about the future.

And if you needed a refresher on what teams we have covered across the College Wires, here’s the updated rundown for you, starting with sits covering Big Ten teams…

SEC

Big 12 (or soon to be SEC)

Pac-12

And of course, don’t forget about Fighting Irish Wire, which is your go-to resource for all things related to Notre Dame.

Dare Ogunbowale admits he’s no match against WNBA star, sister Arike Ogunbowale in basketball

Jags RB Dare Ogunbowale is a great athlete, but he understands that a battle on the court against his sister Arike won’t end well for him.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Dare Ogunbowale is clearly a formidable athlete — but matching up with his sister and WNBA All-Star Arike Ogunbowale on the court is a real challenge.

After meeting with the media Thursday, Ogunbowale admitted that his sister takes him to school on the court, though there used to be a time where he was the better basketball player in their youth.

“That’s not off the wall, I’m asked that all the time,” he said to the members of the Jags media room. “I mean I still… I’m just joking, she beats me, bro. She beats me pretty good. I mean I used to beat her when I was still playing, but no, she’s too good.”

The term “good” may be an understatement when it comes to Arike’s skills on the court. In 2019, she started her career by making the WNBA’s All-Rookie team after being drafted fifth overall by the Dallas Wings. She later followed that up with an All-WNBA First Team selection and a Scoring Leader title (22.77 PPG) the following year. Then last month, she was able to earn an All-Star MVP title and it’s a certainty that more accolades will follow.

After achieving such feats early in her career, it’s a given that Arike has figured out various ways to leave defenders in the dust over the years, which makes sense as to why she led the WNBA in points per game last season. In other words, Arike is far from a one-move player, something her brother also admitted to when asked just how good she is.

“She has like 20 of them [moves], have you ever watched her?,” he said. “She doesn’t have just one. She’s a special player for sure.”

Clearly, good genes run in the family when looking at the success both have had as individual athletes. And though Arike has yet to make it to the postseason with the Wings, it’s only a matter of time before she’s leading her team to the playoffs as she’s just scratching the surface at 24 years old.

As for Dare, it appears he has a chance to be a leader for the Jags, too, especially with his background as a former special teams captain. That’s something that will especially appeal to new Jags coach Urban Meyer, who is big on the third phase of the game and getting contributions from it.

Penn State unveils updated parking information for non-football events

Penn State fans making the trip to Happy Valley to support their favorite sports teams should be aware of updated parking information.

Everyone is excited to be back inside of Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center, and Pegula Ice Arena for the upcoming sports seasons after not being in the stadiums during the 2020 season due to COVID19. And since it’s been a while since Penn State fans got a chance to attend games in person, it may be a good idea to check out the latest parking information provided by Penn State.

On Monday, Penn State announced parking information for all non-football events, which will require a valid permit or payment of the applicable parking fee for campus lots beginning Monday, Aug. 23.

In Summary:

Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Track & Field, BJC Wrestling matches

  • General Parking locations: Jordan East, Stadium West, Porter North
  • Prepaid ParkMobile Parking Rate: $5.50 per vehicle
    • Season parking packages available for most sports
  • Day-of-Event Parking Rate: $10 per vehicle
    • Cash only for men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s hockey, and for all other athletics events in this area when they coincide with Bryce Jordan Center and Pegula Ice Arena events
    • Higher rates may apply when athletics events coincide with non-athletics Bryce Jordan Center and Pegula Ice Arena events. Rates will vary and will be announced prior to each event
  • $1 per hour parking also available at the East Deck for most events

Gymnastics, Volleyball, Wrestling

  • General Parking Locations: Nittany Deck, West Deck
  • Prepaid ParkMobile Parking Rate: $5.50 per vehicle
    • Season parking packages available for most sports
  • Day-of-Event Parking Rate: $10 per vehicle (ParkMobile or pay station)
  • $1 per hour parking also available at the East Deck for most events

Cross Country: $1 per hour parking at the West Deck

Fencing: $1 per hour parking at the HUB Deck

Swimming & Diving, Tennis: $1 per hour at the East Deck

These changes will have no impact on parking for the upcoming football season.

So before you make the trip to Happy Valley to support your favorite Penn State sports team, make sure you are aware of the parking details.

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Every Penn State Olympian athlete taking part in the Tokyo Olympics

Current or former Penn State athletes will represent three countries in nine events at the Tokyo Olympics.

Penn State will be represented well at the Tokyo Olympics, which of course have been delayed a year due to the pandemic. From track and field events to the volleyball court and the wrestling mats, Nittany Lions and former Nittany Lions will be competing on the ultimate international level this summer in Tokyo.

This is an attempt to make sure we have listed every single Olympic athlete competing with some form of tie to Penn State. As it stands, Nittany Lions will be representing three different countries in a total of nine individual or team events.

If you want to see the entire roster of Olympians representing the United States, check out this collection from USA TODAY Sports.

Here’s a look at this year’s Olympic athletes who are or once were a Penn State athlete.

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After Pennsylvania legalizes NIL benefits, NCAA finally caves on decades-long policy

Shortly after PA legalizes NIL benefits, the NCAA changes its decades-long stance on the issue.

The cracks were shaking the foundation of the NCAA’s moral compass, and now the NCAA has finally attempted to get with the times.

A day before NIL laws in half of the country are set to go into effect, the NCAA has broken down on one of their foundational cores prohibiting student-athletes from benefitting from the use of their name, image, or likeness.

Starting tomorrow, July 1, every student-athlete in all 50 states will be eligible to capitalize on the use of their name, image, or likeness regardless of whether or not their state has passed NIL legislation. No punishments will be enforced for benefitting from a player’s likeness, a position the NCAA held on to so strongly since its inception.

The NCAA will utilize an interim NIL policy, allowing the NCAA to work on some of the finer details that may or not be known just yet.

The NIL changes have been a long time coming, and it is good to see the NCAA finally amend its stance on the subject. Of course, the NCAA has basically been backed into a corner with this new viewpoint as more and more states were challenging the root principle of the NCAA by signing into law various NIL legislation and challenging the NCAA in courts over the issues. And the NCAA has made this policy change on the eve of the new academic year, which is when many of the state laws that have been passed, including Pennsylvania’s, are set to go into effect.

Whatever the case may be and however we reached this turning point in time, it is good to see the NCAA finally come to grips with reality and update its policy for today’s world.

It’s been a long time coming.

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