Woo Pig Sooie!
Arkansas has a long tradition of backing the men and women Razorback athletes, whether it’s football, baseball, basketball, volleyball or any of the other eight sports at the University of Arkansas. Die-hard fans show up rain or shine to cheer on the Hogs.
The first team formed on campus and the flagship of the sports programs is the Razorback football team. More than a century ago, the Arkansas football team, then called the Arkansas Cardinals, returned from defeating LSU and as the legend goes, coach Hugo Bezdek proclaimed his team “played like a wild band of razorback hogs.” The name was adopted and the rest is history.
Located in Fayetteville, the university is both the major land-grant university for Arkansas and the state university. The university was created under the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862, whereby federal land sales provided funds for new colleges devoted to agriculture and the mechanic arts, scientific and classical studies, and military tactics, all designed for the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes. The university's founding satisfied the provision in the Arkansas Constitution of 1868 that the General Assembly establish and maintain a state university.