Broyles Honored Before Bowl Game

DALLAS — Standing on the 35-yard line near the Arkansas sideline Tuesday morning, Frank Broyles received a warm standing ovation from Razorback fans.

Broyles, wearing his familiar red blazer, was honored before the Cotton Bowl while old images and video of him were shown on the stadium's video screen.

After the stadium's public address announcer introduced Broyles and his wife, Gen, he waved and then led the Arkansas crowd as they called the Hogs.

Broyles was also interviewed on FOX's pregame show and was a guest in the booth during the game, joining Arkansas alum Pat Summerall, who broadcast the game. Summerall said it was the first Arkansas game he's broadcast in an illustrious career.

Monday was officially Broyles' last day as Arkansas' athletic director, as he'll now start a new role of being a consultant and a fundraiser for the athletic program.

While Broyles — he announced his retirement in February after a 50-year career at Arkansas — was a coach with the Razorbacks, he led them to four Cotton Bowl appearances, including the 1965 Cotton Bowl, where Arkansas completed an undefeated season with a 10-7 victory over Nebraska to claim its only national championship.

Even the Cotton Bowl stadium's press box paid homage to Broyles throughout the game, as the password for the media's wireless Internet signal was "broyles50."

Seeing Red

Arkansas' players surprised nearly everyone when they entered the stadium wearing all-red uniforms, something the Razorbacks have never done before, said Kevin Trainor, associate athletic director for external affairs.

The players wore red pants, red jerseys, black socks and black shoes.

The coaches and players decided wearing the all-red uniforms would be a fitting tribute to Broyles, whose last day as Arkansas' athletic director was Monday.

Asked after the game why the team wore red, Arkansas interim head coach Reggie Herring said, "If we would have worn all purple, would that have mattered? We wore it in honor of coach Broyles.

"We wanted to do something significant for this game for him. He's the man that deserves all the respect."

Turns out, the all-red look wasn't a lucky thing for the Hogs, who not only got beat 38-7, but had a season-worst five turnovers.

Coincidentally, Louisville — formerly coached by Bobby Petrino — also often wears the all-red uniforms.

Will the Hogs be seeing all-red next season?

Another Assistant Added

Bobby Petrino is quickly filling up his first coaching staff at Arkansas.

Garrick McGee, a former Oklahoma quarterback, has decided to leave his position as Northwestern's offensive coordinator to accept a job as Arkansas' new quarterbacks coach, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times.

McGee has already resigned from Northwestern to join Petrino's staff at Arkansas, according to the Chicago Times-Herald. Trainor declined to comment on Tuesday, adding that Petrino will announce his staff this week.

McGee, 34, has made stops at UNLV and Toledo as a wide receivers coach, and he served as an offensive quality control coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars when Petrino was the team's offensive coordinator in 2001.

McGee becomes the latest assistant to join Petrino's staff. Current Arkansas assistants Tim Horton and Bobby Allen will be retained, and Petrino has hired Paul Petrino as his offensive coordinator and Ellis Johnson as his defensive coordinator.

McGee faced some controversy last December when he was arrested for driving while under the influence and speeding in his hometown of Tulsa. He starred at Booker T. Washington High, the same school that Arkansas running back Felix Jones played for.

The Last Time ...

The only other time Arkansas was beaten by more than 30 points in a bowl game was in 1987 when the Razorbacks lost to Oklahoma 42-8 in the Orange Bowl.

In that game, Arkansas ran for only 48 yards compared to Oklahoma's 366.

The Sooners were led by running back Spencer Tillman, who had seven carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Tillman is now a college football analyst for CBS.


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