Tom Murphy is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of Louisiana Tech University, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 football poll. Murphy was the 2017 Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year.
Arkansas adds San Jose State to 2019 schedule
An Arkansas helmet is shown before an NCAA college football game against Auburn, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Samantha Baker)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will play San Jose State in a non-conference game in early 2019.
The Razorbacks have contracted to meet the Spartans on Sept. 21, the fourth playing date of the season, in either Fayetteville or Little Rock.
Arkansas' contract at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is set to expire following the 2018 season. Razorbacks Athletic Director Jeff Long said last September that he had not had discussions with the War Memorial Commission about extending the contract past that season. Arkansas has played at least one game at the stadium since it opened in 1948.
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The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette received a copy of the contract via a public records request on Friday. The amount of the game guarantee was redacted by UA officials.
It will mark the first meeting between Arkansas and San Jose State of the Mountain West Conference. The Spartans went 4-8 in 2016 in the fourth season under Coach Ron Caragher, who was fired after the season with a 19-30 record.
The Spartans hired Brent Brennan, who had formerly been a San Jose State and Oregon State assistant coach, on Dec. 8, 2016.
The Razorbacks will open the 2019 season by hosting Portland State on Aug. 31 either in Fayetteville or Little Rock, and they have scheduled a home game against Colorado State on Sept. 14, leaving one remaining non-conference game.
Arkansas previously was scheduled to play Michigan at home in 2019, but the Wolverines paid $2 million last July to break a contract for a home-and-home series.
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