Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt informed the team of the official decision shortly before the Hogs' scheduled 3 p.m. practice.
"Naturally I would love to play and we were ready either way," Nutt said. We felt when the President of the United States said he wanted everybody to play and continue on we thought that would be it. But then the NFL canceled the schedule for this weekend, the Big 10 and Pac 10 did too and we were the only conference that was going to play from what I understand. We are probably doing the right thing. We are going to follow procedure."
Nutt was pleased with Thursday's short workout as well as the entire week of preparation from his squad. "We had a good spirited practice for about an hour after we heard that there wasn't going to be a game. I just told our guys that we had a good week and now we just have to come back and put together another good week.
Arkansas will take Friday and Saturday off before returning to the practice field on Sunday at 5 p.m. Nutt said with the change of schedule, the Hogs would conduct a full-pad practice on Sunday before evaluating whether further full contact work will be necessary later in the week.
"It depends on where we are," Nutt said. "If we can keep going where we left off, we could take it off of them on Wednesday. We have an awfully big game. That is the only bad thing about not playing this week is that you felt like there was going to be a lot of improvement and an opportunity to iron some things out and put it all together for Alabama. We will just play the cards that we have been dealt"
Arkansas will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 22 to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide. The 2:30 p.m. game will be televised by CBS Sports.