Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
Hogs to start drills at HPER
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER --07/30/12-- Fred Gulley during men's basketball practice inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Monday, July 30, 2012.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas won't be able to start its preseason basketball practices at Bud Walton Arena, but won't be away from its home much longer.
The Razorbacks will open drills this weekend with two-a-day practices at the university's Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building after the Bud Walton Arena floor was damaged in a flood two weeks ago. The arena is expected to be ready Monday.
According to UA officials, the arena flooded when heavy rains overwhelmed drainage pipes behind the building. The water in those pipes backed up into the arena through a duct drain on the court level.
Arkansas' players have held individual workouts at the HPER Building and Barnhill Arena in recent weeks. Barnhill Arena was the program's basketball home until 1993, but now houses the university's volleyball and gymnastics programs.
The Razorbacks are opening practice a little earlier this year after a new NCAA rule was established allowing teams to begin team workouts 42 days prior to the start of the season. Arkansas could have started practice as early as Sept. 27, but opted to begin Oct. 5.
The Razorbacks are scheduled to open the season with a Nov. 8 game against SIU-Edwardsville.
Gulley on scholarship
Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said he has awarded a scholarship to senior guard Fred Gulley, who walked on in 2012 after transferring from Oklahoma State.
Gulley gives the Razorbacks 13 scholarship players for the first time since Anderson took over prior to the 2011-12 season. Arkansas had 11 scholarship players each of the last two years.
The Fayetteville native played in 21 games last season, averaging 13 minutes per contest and starting nine times. Gulley averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game as a junior.
Red-White game set
Arkansas will host its annual Red-White game on Oct. 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Anderson said he hopes to hype the game by eliminating an annual opening practice for fans. "Midnight Madness" and "Primetime at the Palace" were poorly attended in recent years.
The Red-White game is an intrasquad matchup between the Razorbacks' players. Fans are asked to bring canned foods to help donate to local food banks.