If all goes as many expect, within five years the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University will open the football season each fall at War Memorial Stadium at Little Rock. It's something that probably should have happened years ago, and it would be premature to announce it now, but I do believe it's going to happen. Why? For the first time in recent history, the Razorbacks will be playing the University of Arkansas at Little Rock along with Arkansas Pine Bluff in baseball. Hog basketball coach Mike Anderson has said he has no objection to doing the same thing. Yes, for now the new official policy is to play schools only within the University of Arkansas system, but that policy could, and I predict will, eventually change.

At one time, the ASU Red Wolves couldn't have competed with the Razorbacks, but that day is long gone. ASU recently has been to six consecutive bowl games and has won most of them along with several conference championships. It is currently rated ahead of five southeastern conference teams. UA and ASU are the only top division NCAA football schools in Arkansas. Regardless of records, I believe the Hogs and Red Wolves would always draw a standing-room-only crowd in Little Rock.

Thanks should go to UA athletic officials for opening a small window for what in the future, hopefully, will become a big rivalry.