FAYETTEVILLE - "Callin’ the Hogs from the Caribbean!"

FAYETTEVILLE - "Callin’ the Hogs from the Caribbean!"


No, really. With the ban on satellite camps lifted, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is open to any and possibilities to extend the Razorbacks’ reach into the farthest corners of the northern hemisphere.


Bielema said Thursday, both during an SEC coaches conference call and shortly thereafter at a local press conference, Arkansas is joining the satellite camp madness and joining it with a headfirst dive. The NCAA lifted the ban on satellite camps last month and the league in which Arkansas plays followed suit, saying, basically, "if everyone else is doing it…"


By his count, Bielema has been offered 84 different opportunities to hold camps across the country. Arkansas is even considering holding a camp outside the United States. Primarily he is looking at Bahamas and perhaps locations in Europe. He does have an offensive lineman on his roster, Hjalte Froholdt, from Denmark. Froholdt did play a good chunk of his high school football in the United States, finishing at IMG Academy in Florida before coming to Fayetteville.


Arkansas and other universities in the state, including Arkansas State and Central Arkansas, will enter a mutual relationship in hosting a satellite camp in Little Rock in June. Bielema and Red Wolves coach Blake Anderson have already begun planning for it, the Arkansas coach said. Other possible Razorbacks camps, most realistically, would be at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, in Florida and parts of the upper Midwest, including Michigan, where Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh has been the most vocal proponent of the satellite camp notion since its inception.


As for how sharing with Arkansas State plays into the whole Arkansas-Arkansas State rivalry, or non-rivalry, Bielema could not care less.


"You’re still promoting football and you’re still promoting Arkansas. You’re doing all the things that are good for our state. I don’t know why you’d limit it," he said.


The long-term impact of satellite camps remains to see, but Bielema’s personality seems a proper fit for having success in extending influence beyond the borders of Arkansas.


"We’re going to go where we need to go," Bielema said. "I am truly excited about this."


If It Ain’t Broke


Bielema also said wide receiver Keon Hatcher did not have a significant setback on the left foot he broke last season and missed most of the year.


Hatcher used social media Monday to upload a photograph of his foot in a boot, saying in the caption, "So I had surgery." Speculation ran rampant as Hatcher clearly broke the standard operating procedure in information dissemination. Bielema was finally able to publicly address it during the call.


Hatcher had soreness in the foot on the final day spring practice, Bielema said. The surgery was to reinforce the previous work Hatcher had done last fall and also add a bone graft to strengthen his foot. The anticipation is Hatcher will be good to go for summer workouts.


Roster Moves


Running back Denzell Evans will graduate from the university and seek a transfer over the summer, Bielema said.


Evans, a would-be junior from outside Houston, had 13 carries for 84 yards in two seasons at Arkansas. He was largely the fifth running back on the depth chart and appeared to be the No. 6 back next year. Evans will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.


One of those ahead of him, Kody Walker, broke his foot during spring practice and will have a 4-6 week recovery and rehabilitation time, Bielema said. Bielema also said defensive end Tevin Beanum is expected to return to the team fully after he missed most of the spring dealing with personal issues. He will go through intercession this summer.


Finally, Bielema said he is looking at possible graduate transfers who may join the team in the coming weeks or months. At Wisconsin he had Russell Wilson from North Carolina State and Cameron Jefferson played one season at Arkansas, too, before playing in the NFL.


"The grad transfer thing, I think is, again the NCAA will come to a point at some point where it’s going to change that," Bielema said. "You’re getting these one-year windows that have a tremendous impact on programs that really have been able to run free right now. I’m sure they’re going to come under monitorization as well."


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