Former Razorback Jerry Jones meets with Arkansas players
DALLAS -- Jerry Jones tried to be diplomatic, pointing out that he has family connections to Missouri.
Nobody should be fooled. The Dallas Cowboys' owner will always be an Arkansas Razorback.
Jones addressed the Hogs for about 10 minutes before practice Friday, sharing memories from his final college game at Arkansas -- a 10-7 win over Nebraska in the 1965 Cotton Bowl that capped an undefeated season for the Razorbacks.
"I wanted them to get in my shoes for a moment -- the first day of 1965. I was sitting right where they were sitting, and I can remember it better than I can remember last month," Jones said. "It would have been inconceivable to me to think that ... someday I might be standing here in Dallas owning the Dallas Cowboys. ... I wanted to say that it may not be the Cowboys, but there's nothing that's out of reach."
Jones was an offensive lineman at Arkansas, and the current Razorbacks are in town to face Missouri in Tuesday's Cotton Bowl.
"Arkansas' my home and where I grew up and where I got to play for the Razorbacks," Jones said. "But my family had lived in Springfield, Mo., since about 1960, about the time I left high school."
Dressed casually in jeans, Jones stuck around for the start of practice, then left to meet with the media. He spent a good portion of the news conference hyping the new $1 billion stadium the Cowboys plan to move into in 2009.
Jones hopes the new stadium will house more than just NFL games. He'd like to see Arkansas play Texas A&M there.
"Every young person that plays football in north Texas, if they get to the level of college football, will want to play in this stadium," Jones said. "So that if Texas A&M and Arkansas could play a game every year here, I know that that's going to help them visit with young players in this area."
PINK PROBLEM: A virus might be Arkansas' biggest obstacle right now. At least two defensive linemen have been bothered by pink eye.
"Marcus Harrison's eye seems to be getting better -- he did practice today," interim coach Reggie Herring said. "Fred Bledsoe has yet to practice. His eye is closed shut from the virus that he has. We're just hoping we can get that eye open by game time."
GLORY DAYS: Jones was modest when discussing the 1965 Cotton Bowl. Arkansas' offense did almost nothing until an 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter. Bobby Burnett's 3-yard touchdown run gave the Razorbacks the lead.
"I was on the offensive team," Jones said. "So you can see how I did my part in manhandling Nebraska."
MEMORIES: Arkansas beat Missouri 27-14 in the 2003 Independence Bowl. Cedric Cobbs rushed for 141 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown, for the Razorbacks. Brad Smith threw for 155 yards and ran for a TD for the Tigers.
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