The Arkansas Razorbacks popularly known as the Hogs is the names of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The term Arkansas Razorbacks is used to refer to any of the sports teams (men or women) at the university. The University of Arkansas currently fields 19 total varsity teams (8 men's and 11 women's) in 13 sports. The 7 men's varsity sports includes baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track and field; the 11 women's varsity sports includes basketball, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, indoor track, swimming and diving, outdoor track, tennis, softball and volleyball. The Arkansas Razorbacks compete in the NCAA's Division I (I-A in football) and is currently a member of the Southeastern Conference (Western Division).
In 1894, 23 years after classes were first held at the university, a contest was held on the campus to select school colors. Cardinal (a shade of deep red) was selected over heliotrope, a shade of moderate purple. The first Arkansas football team was formed that same year and was known as the "Arkansas Cardinals". Sometime around the year 2000, the color black began making its way onto Razorback merchandise and eventually some team uniforms. Indeed, for some time, the Collegiate Licensing Company (responsible for all UA licensed gear) touted the university's colors as red and black instead of cardinal red and white. Current Sports Basketball
The current head coach for the men's basketball team is John Pelphrey. The basketball team plays its home games in Bud Walton Arena on the University of Arkansas campus. One of the top 10 NCAA programs of all time, the Razorbacks were accompanied in to the modern era on the shoulders of Coach Eddie Sutton (800 game winner). Under the leadership of Nolan Richardson, the Razorbacks won the NCAA tournament in 1994 defeating Duke University, and appeared in the championship game the following year, but were beaten by UCLA. The Razorbacks have been to NCAA Final Four in 1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 1995, though the first two were achieved before the NCAA gathered the final four teams in one site. Football
The school's college football team is coached by Bobby Petrino, who was introduced as the new coach on December 11, 2007. The team plays its home games either at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, located on the University of Arkansas campus, or at War Memorial Stadium, located in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1964, the Razorbacks were the only team to go through the regular season and a bowl game undefeated, and they were awarded the Football Writers Association of America National Championship. Baseball
The baseball team, led by former Razorback Dave Van Horn reached the 2004 College World Series, joining previous appearances in Omaha in 1979 (finished runner-up); 1985; 1987 and 1989. The team plays home games in Baum Stadium, which finished several major renovations in 2004. Baum is also currently experiencing new renovations, as new skyboxes are being added down the lines. Track and Field
The most successful program in NCAA history, the Arkansas track and field teams, formerly led by head coach John McDonnell and now headed by Chris Bucknam, are the most decorated teams in the athletics department. The program has won 40 national titles in cross country and track & field as well as 84 conference titles, including 33 straight cross country titles in the Southwest and Southeastern Conferences. Former members of the team represent a number of countries internationally and have won several Olympic and World Championships medals. Women Teams
In 2008, the men's and women's athletic departments at the University of Arkansas were merged. Though the women's teams in the past referred to as Lady'Backs, they will now be known as "Razorbacks" like the men's programs. The women's programs include basketball, cross country, track, golf, gymnastics, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, and volleyball. The Razorback women's teams have won a combined 17 SEC championship. Mascots
There are a number of costumed mascots for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks that attend most major sporting events. Big Red is the traditional mascot for the University and represents the intimidating fighting spirit of the Razorbacks at all athletic events. The current favored logo for the University is the classic or running hog as has been depicted on the program's football helmets for sometime. Other versions have included the infamous "popcorn hog" and various dog-bone shaped marquees. Conclusion
The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas is proud to have college sports teams who have gained recognition of this level.
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