The Arkansas football program was the dominant story of 2012 because of the national headlines created both on and off the field. But the football program wasn’t the only newsmaker when it came to Arkansas athletics in 2012. Here’s a look at five other moments worth remembering from the year in Arkansas sports:
• On To Omaha – The Arkansas baseball team completed an improbable run to Omaha by winning the Houston Regional and Waco Super Regional. It was the Hogs’ third trip to Omaha under coach Dave Van Horn. The Razorbacks nearly reached the championship series, too, after opening CWS play with two wins. Arkansas was eliminated, though, after consecutive losses to South Carolina. Arizona beat the Gamecocks in the best-of-three championship series to win the national title.
• Young Stays In School — Arkansas guard BJ Young enjoyed one of the best freshman seasons in school history, averaging 15.3 points a game for the Razorbacks. The success led Young to evaluate his NBA options and, after careful consideration, the St. Louis native opted to return to the Razorbacks. Young is averaging 17.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists a game as a sophomore.
• Collen, Razorbacks Go Dancing — The men’s basketball may have struggled down the stretch in its first season under Mike Anderson, but Arkansas did earn a spot in the NCAA Women’s Tournament for the first time since 2003. Tom Collen’s team — which also got its first win at Tennessee earlier in the season — was invited to the Big Dance after going 23-8. Arkansas won its first-round game against Dayton before falling to Texas A&M, which is led by former Razorbacks coach Gary Blair.
• Track’s Triple Crown — The Arkansas men’s track program completed the SEC’s triple crown, winning conference titles in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track in 2012. It was the program’s first triple crown under coach Chris Bucknam and 13th in school history. Arkansas went on to finish No. 8 at NCAA Outdoors.
• Gymnastics Reaches Super Six — Arkansas gymnastics continued its steady growth, reaching the NCAA’s Super Six for the second time. It capped a year in which the Razorbacks were the top-rated team in the nation at one point for the first time in the program’s 10-year history. Jaime Pisani also was named the program’s first SEC’s Gymnast of the Year and finished third in the NCAA’s all-around competition.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau