Just a few months ago, it seemed like Arkansas Razorback fans had a lot to be excited about. After an impressive 11-2 season last year in which they only lost to the No. 1 and 2 teams in the country, the Razorbacks looked prime to have another successful season.
Beyond that, there hasn't been much to cheer about in Arkansas.
Head coach Bobby Petrino, who has been a huge factor in their success, is gone after hiring his mistress and hiding the details of the relationship from Athletic Director Jeff Long.
Petrino's replacement, John L. Smith, has a tough task ahead of him, as it seems the Razorbacks can't stop making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Three Razorbacks were just arrested on charges of burglary and have promptly been suspended. Three other Razorbacks have been arrested this offseason on various charges.
The latest suspensions could really hurt the Hogs as they were forced to suspend two wide receivers and a tight end in Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson. The Razorbacks can't afford to lose any receiving threats as they already lost the receiving trio of Jarius Wright, Greg Childs and Joe Adams to the NFL.
Fortunately for the Razorbacks, they are returning some top-level talent to help them overcome all of the offseason drama. Quarterback Tyler Wilson is playing to potentially become a top-five pick in next year's NFL draft, and running back Knile Davis may be one of the best backs in the nation.
However, with all of the distractions and the presence of a new coach, it's easy to envision the Razorbacks slipping from last year's successful season and being a disappointment in 2012.