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Picking the greatest year in Razorback sports history is a somewhat subjective endeavor, and a lot of it is based on the parameters one chooses to follow.
That said, any way in which you stack the deck, the 2021-2022 Razorbacks sports season has to be considered one of the best in school history across the board. The quality of play across the spectrum of the Razorback sports menu has been premium all year long.
It’s simply been a great year to be a Razorback and one of their fans, particularly in what most consider the big three — football, men’s basketball, and baseball.
Now, the Razorbacks have had better individual seasons in all three sports. The Razorbacks won a couple of versions of the national title during one of their two undefeated football seasons in 1964 under head coach and eventual athletics director Frank Broyles. The Hogs’ other undefeated football season was way back in 1909.
To older guys like me, in some ways it seems just like yesterday that Nolan Richardson led the Razorbacks to the promised land by capturing the 1994 national title over Duke in basketball, but then again, in other ways, it seems so long ago.
The Razorbacks have never won a national title in baseball, but the Hogs came close in 1979 under legendary coach and founder of modern Razorback baseball Norm DeBriyn and more recently in 2018 under Dave Van Horn.
Van Horn’s most recent squad, incidentally, finished No. 3 in the voting of the final USA Today Baseball poll of the 2022 season. I know that 2-0 loss to eventual College World Series champions Ole Miss still really stings, but Hog fans have to be proud of the way the Razorbacks competed in the NCAA Tournament. The squad rose like a Phoenix after going 0-2 in the SEC Tournament to earn Van Horn’s seventh trip to the College World Series as Arkansas’ head coach.
As Van Horn said himself there’s no crying over a season that ends in Omaha.
Now, if I’m following my 30-year trends correctly, the Razorbacks are due to win a baseball national title in 2024. As mentioned earlier, Broyles got his football national title in 1964, and Richardson won his basketball national title 30 years later in 1994. So by my way of accounting, Van Horn and his Hogs are basically on deck for a baseball natty in 2024.
Silly? Yeah, probably. But it gives us Hog fans something to ponder for the next five to six weeks before football practice cranks up in August.
However, before we jump into the 2022-23 sports season, let’s consider which sports year is the best in Razorback history in the three major sports?
By my estimation — and it admittedly is subjective — it would be the 1978-79 season.
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