Greg Sankey discusses Arkansas' upcoming CBS game, its place in the SEC
Arkansas concludes its 2019 season with a home contest against Missouri on Nov. 29.
Not only that, but the Razorbacks and Tigers will be playing in the afternoon slot on CBS the day after Thanksgiving, which should pull in a big audience. At least that’s what the network is hoping for.
While speaking at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said that CBS is looking for certain things out of this upcoming game in Little Rock that could determine future scheduling.
“The Friday game after Thanksgiving is big for us,” Sankey said at the event. “The fans have to show up and the presentation has to be good for CBS to want to keep doing there. CBS wants to see a good crowd there.”
That wasn’t all Sankey said about the Razorbacks on Monday. He also defended their spot in the SEC, even though they’ve struggled in recent seasons. Arkansas is 2-8 this year and has won only eight games since the start of the 2017 campaign.
“Arkansas absolutely belongs in the SEC, there has been success in the SEC,” Sankey said. “It may have not been recently, but these things come in cycles.”
As for former Razorbacks head coach Chad Morris, who was fired eight days ago, Sankey said he’ll be in contact with him soon and believes he will find a new job.
“I don’t immediately call coaches immediately after they have been let go,” Sankey said. “I plan to reach out to Chad down the road. He will find something else.”
Before Arkansas plays Missouri in its season finale, the Razorbacks travel to take on No. 1 LSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.