arkansas vs. a-state

‘It needs to happen’: Arkansas State’s Anderson weighs in on Arkansas-ASU

Red Wolves head coach says it’s time for in-state rivalry to begin

By Bart Pohlman

When Arkansas opened the door to scheduling in-state opponents by setting up 2019 baseball games against Arkansas-Little Rock and UA-Pine Bluff, the natural question followed.

Does this mean the Razorbacks will finally play Arkansas State in football?

Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek said Wednesday on Sports Talk that he won’t shut the door on the idea, but playing system schools is what the UA is focused on at this time.

“There’s a benefit to the University of Arkansas,” Yurachek said. “There’s a benefit to our fellow sister schools. And that’s as far as this is going to go for the immediate future. Never say never to playing anyone else within the state of Arkansas.”

While there’s no immediate movement on a series between the Razorbacks and Red Wolves, Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson made no bones about his stance on a potential series, telling Sports Talk that it’s time for the series to happen.

“I’ve been really clear since day one,” Anderson said Thursday. “It needs to happen. It’s what the state needs to happen. I know all the old arguments. They just don’t apply anymore. It’s time for it to happen. I hope it does. It would be a sell out every year. It would be great for the state.

“You just look at the states that do have an in-state game, if you’ve ever been a part of it, it’s an awesome experience. So I hope one day that guys put their heads together and figure out a way. We’ll see if it ever does.”

Anderson added he’s not sure if any recent conversations have been had between the two schools, but knows A-State is open to the idea.

To listen to the full interview with Anderson, click below: