Notebook: Cox to Carry SEC Network


FAYETTEVILLE — Cox Communications has been added to the list of providers for the SEC Network, which will make its debut on Aug. 14.

The company announced it had reached an agreement with ESPN to carry the network. Cox Communications joins AT&T U-verse, DISH Network and Google Fiber on the list of providers for the SEC Network.

“The addition of Cox is another very important step in the development of the SEC Network, bringing millions more viewers nationwide to the network when it launches on August 14,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “As one of the largest cable television distributors in the U.S., including five states in the SEC footprint, this agreement with Cox has a significant impact on exposure for the SEC.”

Cox is the third-largest U.S. cable TV company, serving more than 6 million residences and businesses. The SEC Network will be available to all Cox subscribers, who also will have authenticated access to additional live events scheduled for the SEC Network’s digital platform, with the ability to watch SEC Network content anytime, anywhere on their television, computer, tablet or mobile device.

“Cox is home to some of the biggest fans with five SEC schools in our markets,” Jill Campbell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Cox Communications, said in a news release. “This is great news for alumni and fans across our footprint who will enjoy all the action and rivalries that have become synonymous with SEC sports.”

The SEC Network will televise more than 1,000 events in its first year. It will include 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games and 75 baseball games.

Arkansas will play its first two games on the SEC Network at Auburn (Aug. 30) and against Nicholls State (Sept. 6). Both games will begin at 3 p.m.

Irwin-Hill on Watch List

Arkansas senior Sam Irwin-Hill was among 25 players named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top punter.

Irwin-Hill ranked averaged 44.3 yards a punt in 2013, which ranked third in the SEC. The senior also led the SEC with 20 punts inside the 20-yard line.

The rugby-style kicker also was utilized on trick plays last season, completing 1 of 2 passes for 24 yards and rushing for eight yards on two carries.

Irwin-Hill is the fifth Razorback on a preseason watch list this week, joining running backs Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins (Maxwell Award), defensive end Trey Flowers (Bednarik Award) and tight end Hunter Henry (Mackey Award).

Media Days Roster

Three seniors will represent Arkansas at SEC Media Days next week.

Flowers, offensive tackle Brey Cook and safety Alan Turner will be in attendance during Arkansas’ afternoon in Hoover, Ala. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and the three players will spend time with the media Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The four-day event begins Monday at the Wynfrey Hotel.