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Tyler Wilson says Hogs ‘gave up’ vs. Tide

Kaelon Kelleybrew AP

You thought Arkansas’ season had spiraled out of control with an upset loss at the hands of Louisiana-Monroe and a woodshedding by Alabama in back-to-back weeks?

Tyler Wilson has has trumped that on-field ineptitude with an off-field outburst that will likely reverberate for weeks to come.

The starting quarterback missed Saturday’s game against the Tide after suffering a head injury in the ULM loss, and watched from the sidelines as his teammates were embarrassed 52-0 in Fayetteville.  Shortly before the end of the game, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Wilson told UA’s “media relations guys… he needed to deliver a message” following the final gun.

That message came as Wilson marched into a press conference, called his teammates quitters — the exact quote: “Do I feel we gave up? Absolutely.” – and then marched right back out.  Message delivered in a very public forum.

Perhaps in response to the flurry of tweets regarding Wilson’s post-game comments, UA sent out a release that contained the QB’s entire statement — and it doesn’t really soften the verbal blow:

“I’ll start with the football game. First of all, it wasn’t very pretty to watch. It wasn’t pretty to sit on the sideline and watch as a player, it sucks I can’t do anything about it.  Do I feel that we, at times, gave up out there? Absolutely.  As a leader it sucks to see people not do their jobs and to see things go wrong, there has been a lot of things go that way. As a leader, at this point you have to look forward. There has been a lot of people jump off of the bandwagon and it is my job to keep everyone in this organization and this team in that locker room together. I am going to make sure of it going forward. We’ve got a big game against Rutgers next week. I am going to do everything in my power to be a part of it and be the starting quarterback when we run out onto the field. And most importantly, get a win. You have to start with one before you can get the rest of them. I give you my word, I am going to do the best I can to make that happen.”

Chris Bahn of Arkansas360.com later tweeted that the senior told “UA’s in-house TV crew his message to teammates is: ‘If you’re not in the boat, get the heck out.’”

(Writer’s note: yes, I’m quite aware of the fact that it’d be hard to get out of a boat you’re not actually in, even if said boat belonged to Yogi Berra.  You get Wilson’s point, though.)

How this very public tongue-lashing by a senior leader will play in the Razorbacks’ locker room in the coming days and weeks is an unknown.  Will it become Wilson’s Tim Tebow moment, or will it create a rift that’s too great to overcome over the next nine games?

Who knows, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that the clock is fast ticking toward midnight and the end of John L. Smith‘s brief tenure as the Hogs’ head coach.

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20 Responses to “Tyler Wilson says Hogs ‘gave up’ vs. Tide”
  1. southernpatriots says: Sep 15, 2012 8:10 PM

    I do not know how what Tyler said will play with his fellow players, but I know how it plays with reasonably minded fans outside of Fayetteville–he is right. Where was UA’s defense? Well, where was the Razorbacks’ defense in the second half of the game against UL-Monroe? This week even worse? On the offensive side, it could be said that without Tyler the offense was pitiful. It was last week in the second half and this week all game.

    Certainly, we all thought Alabama would run like a juggernaut over Alabama, but no one I think, thought it would be that lopsided. The head coach John L. Smith is to blame. Some of this assistants are also to blame. Count the days until he is gone. The new head coach will hopefully bring in his choice of assistant coaches.

    I know what it is to be embarrassed by the Crimson Tide when your head coach does not adequately prepare your team for the opponent. I really know. In the case of John L. it was not the first time but a continuation of what he did last game.

    I wish the best to our northern neighbors and especially to Tyler to fully recover. May his frustrated and disappointed speech to his teammates be received in the honesty and truth which his words represent. I wish all the best for the Razorbacks the remainder of the season except when my LSU Tigers have to come up to Fayetteville on the last game.

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Sep 15, 2012 8:34 PM

    Arkansas has no defense fer cryin out loud. They lost by 80 points to LSU and Bama last year, nothing has changed. The still have Big East level talent on D, and a few stellar performers on offense can never overcome that in this league.

    Bama took it easy on them. It could have been a lot worse. Goodbye John L, you can take comfort in the fact that Petrino would have also been beaten by the same margin.

  3. draconian1111 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:41 PM

    Don’t you at least have to start, in order to quit?

  4. manchestermiracle says: Sep 15, 2012 8:51 PM

    Exposing the poll system for the joke it is. This team was ranked as high as #8? Why were they even still in the top 25?

  5. quixote1961 says: Sep 15, 2012 8:53 PM

    I know the man is considered a team leader but he was on the sidelines. In my opinion he gave up 60 minutes before the rest of the team. So shut up.
    Alabama looks like they can play on Sundays. I’d hate to play them with a Freshman QB.

  6. normtide says: Sep 15, 2012 9:07 PM

    I understand his frustration. Players want to play, and watching the game go that way has to hurt. Whether his team gave up or not is a question only they can answer, but I have no issue with a captain asking it. Wilson if a trooper and he expects the players around him to play to that standard as well. I am looking forward to see how his team responds. He gave put his NFL dream on hold for his team, he has the right to expect more from those around him.

  7. geraldthecat says: Sep 15, 2012 9:13 PM

    That is the most talented team I have ever seen that was 1-2 with two losses this bad. They should have at least stayed within 14 points of bama and won last week by 28. The implosion of the program started last year and may take 5 years to recover

  8. thefiesty1 says: Sep 15, 2012 9:43 PM

    Terrible team. John L has out lived his usefulness. Should of stayed in Utah.

  9. dcroz says: Sep 15, 2012 9:52 PM

    John L. Smith was never going to be anything more than a seat-warmer for his ten-month contract. Even had he produced a remarkable season, there still would have been a feeling that it was really Petrino’s team and that Arky would have done better had Bobby still been at the helm. Smith can now be rest assured that he’s one game closer to retirement or his next job, while the Hogs take their time finding their next head coach.

    But I cannot help but wonder if Petrino’s success in Fayetteville was based on smoke and mirrors. Seriously, a single QB was the difference between a national championship run and losing to ULM and getting annihilated by ‘Bama? The Hog defense looked as bad as it ever has, the offensive line is offensive, and despite having Knile back, they still have no running game. They were able to beat the decent teams on their schedule last year, but were run out of the stadium by the two big dogs they faced. Today’s game may not have been Arky going back to the drawing board so much as being unmasked as a program that somehow managed to do a lot with a little for the previous few seasons.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Sep 15, 2012 11:35 PM

    Desention in the SEC! 2 year bowl ban when Emmert does an investigation involving the cover-up of Petrino!

  11. normtide says: Sep 15, 2012 11:41 PM

    Lol, stairway is still crying.

  12. florida727 says: Sep 16, 2012 12:02 AM

    “Will it become Wilson’s Tim Tebow moment, or will it create a rift that’s too great to overcome over the next nine games?”

    Might be a biased opinion since I’m obviously a Florida fan, but no, that won’t be a “Tebow moment” for Wilson. Tebow’s post game comments were all positive, about how “a lot of GOOD will come from this” (meaning the loss obviously); how we’ll never see a player work harder, or push his teammates or himself harder. Wilson instead chose to rip his teammates… that’s a huge difference in the two scenarios.

    Wilson’s reputation will take a severe hit for the way he handled this. He could learn something about leadership by watching a video of Tebow’s post-game words. Heck, they put a plaque of Tim’s comments on display at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (right next to his Heisman Trophy :) ). I kind of doubt Arkansas will memorialize Wilson’s rant.

  13. irishdodger says: Sep 16, 2012 12:22 AM

    Rumor is that Johnelle has been relieved of his duties. Honestly, how long is the SEC going to ride the coattails of Bama & LSU? Maybe Georgia finally lives up to the hype & joins them this year, but when ULM can compete for the #3 spot in he toughest division in the toughest conference on CFB, then it’s time to reassess. Kudos to Bama….they’re a juggernaut that will dominate until Saban decides to retire. LSU is so loaded it doesn’t matter they have an imbecile for a HC…they’ll still win 10-11 games per year….thanks to Saban who set the program up for Miles.

  14. waynefontes says: Sep 16, 2012 12:50 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Sep 15, 2012 11:35 PM
    Desention in the SEC! 2 year bowl ban when Emmert does an investigation involving the cover-up of Petrino!
    —————————————————-

    I didn’t realize an Arkansas coach molested young boys and then his head coach, AD and President helped to cover it up. That the athletic program enabled a pedophile.

    Oh wait, that was Penn State.

    To think, a QB with multiple rape accusations isn’t even the worst representative of football in Pennsylvania.

    You must be proud.

  15. waynefontes says: Sep 16, 2012 12:57 AM

    irishdodger says:
    Sep 16, 2012 12:22 AM
    Rumor is that Johnelle has been relieved of his duties. Honestly, how long is the SEC going to ride the coattails of Bama & LSU?
    —————————————————

    Not sure if you’re aware of this, but Florida and Auburn have won 3 out of the last 6 BCS titles.

    If you’re a Notre Dame fan, I can see why you would not want to think about recent college football history. After all, the Irish haven’t accomplished anything in almost 20 years.

  16. barbeaux says: Sep 16, 2012 2:28 AM

    And LSU’s been in it 3 times overall. Alabama two of the last 3.

  17. barbeaux says: Sep 16, 2012 2:29 AM

    Stats are wonderful in that you can dice and spin them however you want. Florida has been a mid level team these recent years.

  18. bcdeputy says: Sep 16, 2012 7:24 AM

    Wilson did exactly what needed to be done. He called out a bunch of spoiled athletes and said the truth. GOOD FOR HIM…

  19. kozbee says: Sep 16, 2012 10:54 AM

    Arkansas team,fans all i can say is its going to be a bad season,dont hold your breath.

  20. irishdodger says: Sep 16, 2012 1:25 PM

    @waynefontes:

    I’m just mimicking what your SEC brethren say every week. No sooner did you defend the Gators, an LSU fan busts out some Janet Jackson…”What Have you Done for Me Lately?”

    Everyone has short memories & little patience today. If you want to live in the past quit telling other fans of other teams to quit living in the past. Dont care if it’s 5 yrs agor or 15 yrs ago…today’s fan demands a minimum of ten wins or the HC must be fired. It’s opponents fans demand a BCS NC or they should fold the fball program.

    Were SEC fans chanting “S-E-C!” after Auburn beat ULM? Like a previous poster correctly stated, this stuff goes in cycles…it always does. Ask the average fan to name the following teams’ HC before they were relevant:

    Texas before Mack Brown
    OU before Bob Stoops
    USC before Pete Carroll
    LSU before Nick Saban
    Florida before Spurrier

    Then have them name the four failed HC at Bama between Stallings & Saban. HINT: Most are named Mike.

    I doubt 80% of fans on this board can name those coaches w/o looking it up.

    PERSPECTIVE

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