Bad Weather Causes Change In Arkansas' Plans

ATLANTA — Arkansas needed four years to get back to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game. And even then, the trip didn't go as planned.

The No. 8 Razorbacks were scheduled to leave Northwest Arkansas around 10 a.m. Friday, but the team plane didn't take off until four hours later because of delays caused by snowy weather. As a result, Arkansas had to reschedule its final practice before today's SEC Championship Game. The Razorbacks took the field at the Georgia Dome at 6 p.m. Friday, instead of 3 p.m. as originally scheduled. Arkansas coach Houston Nutt didn't think the change in plans would affect his players when they face No. 4 Florida at 5 p.m. today. "They will handle it. This is no different probably from the third or fourth week (of the season) when there's been a delay or something like that," Nutt said. "The good thing is you don't play until (Saturday) night. There's plenty of time, and we'll just adjust and there will be no problem." The travel delays did, however, affect one aspect of Arkansas' trip to Atlanta. The team had to cancel its plan of watching the Denzel Washington film, Deja Vu, on Friday night. NO SURPRISE, NO HILLIS As expected, Nutt said Arkansas running back Peyton Hillis will not play today against the Gators because of severe thigh injuries that have caused him to walk with a limp. In fact, the junior didn't travel with the team. "Peyton is not going to make the trip," Nutt said. "We're going to keep him there (in Fayetteville), give him some treatment and try to get him ready for the bowl game." FORMER HOGS PRAISE McFADDEN Former Arkansas running back Madre Hill said Thursday that he wasn't disappointed to see his single-season rushing record get broken by sophomore Darren McFadden. Hill rushed for 1,387 yards in 1995, which stood as a record at Arkansas until McFadden broke it with his 182-yard performance against LSU on Nov. 24. McFadden has gained 1,485 yards on 244 carries so far this season. "I held the record for 11 years," said Hill, who's Florida International's running backs coach. "I said years in the past, records are meant to be broken. When records are broken, that means progress is being made." Meanwhile, former Arkansas quarterback Matt   Jones said McFadden deserved to be recognized as college football's top player because of what he's done for the Razorbacks this season. "In my opinion, McFadden should win the Heisman this year," Jones told The Florida Times-Union. "You look at Arkansas, and without McFadden, there's no way in the world they win 10 games."

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