It was noticeable. When the media assembled for lunch in Barnhill Arena recently for football media day there was a sense of something thought to be long gone.
It will be an iconic Tuesday. It is Frank Broyles Day in the state of Arkansas.
Oh the joys of being a football program in the SEC.
None of the polls will matter eventually, but that's what football fans have to judge their teams on right now.
Minutes before David Bazzel's grand entrance in a metallic gold sport coat, the Simmons Bank lobby at Broadway and Capitol Avenue in Little Rock was packed.
Sunday night, just after watching Big Brother, Twitter was checked.
A veteran media member was looking up and down the hallway just outside the large meeting room. It was 20 minutes before head Coach Chad Morris would address the press for the University of Arkansas media day.
Usually when coaches are put on administrative leave pending an investigation, they end up getting fired or resigning.
David Bazzel is the G.O.A.T. At the very least, the Baz is one of the Greatest of All-Time ambassadors for the state of Arkansas and the city of Little Rock.
College football fans outside the footprint of the Southeastern Conference mostly hate the SEC. Those inside the footprint mostly hate Alabama because it is simply the best football factory in all of America.