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Some Arkansas Razorback athletics programs now permitted to schedule Arkansas State and UCA



University of Arkansas Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek has authorized all athletic teams except for football to schedule Arkansas State.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas is open to playing more in-state opponents like Arkansas State or Central Arkansas.

Razorback coaches are free to schedule A-State or UCA in all sports except for football.

Athletic departments across the country are looking to cut travel costs in the midst of COVID-19. So more matchups against teams that are reachable by bus instead of by plane.

Arkansas played Little Rock in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, & volleyball in 2019. They faced UAPB in baseball & volleyball in 2019. The Razorbacks are scheduled to host the Golden Lions in football in 2021. It’ll mark the first Hog pigskin matchup against a Natural State opponent since 1944.

The Hogs initially rolled out their plan in 2018 to play in-state opponents within the UA System.