By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas, Razorbacks running back Darren McFadden may be an ineligible player. They reported that the back was in the position of a new vehicle that agent Mike Conley assisted him in purchasing.
Arkansas officials are now investigating the claims. McFadden may be ruled out from the Cotton Bowl on Tuesday against the Missouri Tigers as a result from these claims.
While the station, according to reports, apologized to Conley for ‘poor reporting,’ they did not retract it.
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“We have already personally apologized to Mike Conley for our poor standards of reporting,” News Director Rob Heverling said in a statement. “We want to publicly apologize to Mr. Conley for any distress he has experienced. And we also want to apologize to Darren McFadden and his family for reporting details of this story that were not accurate.
“But it is our job to report the news with accuracy and fairness. In this case, we did not do our job and we will do better.”
This season, McFadden had a collegiate-high 325 carries for 1,830 yards in 13 games this season with 16 touchdowns. He also had 21 receptions for 164 yards and an additional touchdown.
This is tough news, as the team is already without its head coach. Houston Nutt stepped down on November 26th.
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Former defensive coordinator Reggie Herring will serve as the interim head coach for the team’s bowl game against the No. 7 Missouri Tigers. Herring would have to rely on Felix Jones as the main back.
Jones has 123 carries for 1,117 yards and 11 touchdowns coming into the Bowl game. He also has 13 receptions for 111 yards.
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