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Title: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: FANONTHEHILL on February 07, 2018, 07:29:09 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing players and recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and about him choosing to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: woodrow hog call on February 07, 2018, 07:33:51 am
Wow great post Fan, congratulations on raising such a level headed young man, best wishes for him in his journey.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: PharmacistHog on February 07, 2018, 07:37:13 am
Good luck cooper.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: MissippHog on February 07, 2018, 07:43:56 am
Way to go Cooper and good luck!  FOTH, only problem I see with your post is the whole "I likely won't post as much" nonsense.  You are one of the more sane voices around, Hogville needs you  :)
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 07, 2018, 07:45:03 am
And this is what college sports should be about. Players growing, learning, playing and graduating! Congrats Cooper.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: East TN HAWG on February 07, 2018, 07:46:18 am
My middle daughter graduated in Dec, and I enjoyed that more than my own graduation.  Congratulations dad, and enjoy the ride. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: jsfore on February 07, 2018, 07:50:05 am
Congratulations to Connor and the Sone family!  Have enjoyed the inside conversations and while they may be missed by all we are very proud of what your son was able to accomplish in a short amount of time. God Speed!

Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 07, 2018, 07:53:56 am
My middle daughter graduated in Dec, and I enjoyed that more than my own graduation.  Congratulations dad, and enjoy the ride. 

Children graduating college........More important than winning a super bowl.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 07, 2018, 07:56:08 am
Wow.  I know you and your family are very proud of Cooper.  He exemplifies what family and football are all about.  I hope he has a license plate soon that says UA Law.  It's a great law school. 

I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to spending some time with you this Fall.  My son, Matthew, will sign his "Commitment Letter" today at a ceremony with other players at Brentwood High School.  It isn't an LOI, but it does acknowledge the commitment he and the Razorback family have made to each other.  Matthew turned down some good full offers, but Arkansas is where his heart is.  He will do his best to earn a scholarship, but the experience and education he will get at UA will be second to none.  If his mom and I didn't believe that, we would have done our best to have him go somewhere else.  Cooper's experience as a walk-on confirms he made the right choice. 

I'll probably be taking a long vacation from Hogville myself pretty soon.  I have devoted far too much of my time here over the years anyway, but my "tldr" posts have always been from the heart.  Most of all, I have tried to keep some from rewriting Arkansas's history as a football team.  I saw yesterday that PWO commit Peyton Ausley referred to Arkansas as a "sleeping giant".  My guess is I know where he got that from.  I firmly believe we have the right coach at the right time.

Best of luck to Cooper in his law school and professional career.  I hope to meet you both soon.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Inhogswetrust on February 07, 2018, 07:59:32 am
Wow.  I know you and your family are very proud of Cooper.  He exemplifies what family and football are all about.  I hope he has a license plate soon that says UA Law.  It's a great law school. 

I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to spending some time with you this Fall.  My son, Matthew, will sign his "Commitment Letter" today at a ceremony with other players at Brentwood High School.  It isn't an LOI, but it does acknowledge the commitment he and the Razorback family have made to each other.  Matthew turned down some good full offers, but Arkansas is where his heart is.  He will do his best to earn a scholarship, but the experience and education he will get at UA will be second to none.  If his mom and I didn't believe that, we would have done our best to have him go somewhere else.  Cooper's experience as a walk-on confirms he made the right choice. 

I'll probably be taking a long vacation from Hogville myself pretty soon.  I have devoted far too much of my time here over the years anyway, but my "tldr" posts have always been from the heart.  Most of all, I have tried to keep some from rewriting Arkansas's history as a football team.  I saw yesterday that PWO commit Peyton Ausley referred to Arkansas as a "sleeping giant".  My guess is I know where he got that from.  I firmly believe we have the right coach at the right time.

Best of luck to Cooper in his law school and professional career.  I hope to meet you both soon.

Well done and congrats to your son Matthew!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: HogShat on February 07, 2018, 07:59:45 am
Wow... Cooper will go far, and we see where he gets it from. Congrats to him.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Karma on February 07, 2018, 08:03:34 am
Congrats.  Thatís the goal, graduate and move on to the next preferred destination. Law school is a worthwhile effort, tell him to stick with it when it gets hard. (Which given his past there is no doubt he will).
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Oklahawg on February 07, 2018, 08:15:12 am
Quite a thread - two of our classiest posters marking family transitions by sharing with HV.

Isn't it strange? People who have never met build relationships on a message board. We share a love of the Hogs.

Doesn't happen for all people, mind you. I think it is easier for those of us (I am including myself in this category) still see "relationship building" as a significant goal for message board activity. Some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting were found right here: David, Jason...you guys are awesome. And, the oddity of it all - finding life-long friends here but not immediately knowing it: Stan, Grag, Ron, Scott, Ron...so glad we had our time together many years ago so we could have our HV time together.

Best to Cooper and Matthew, and Dad and Dad - don't be a stranger. You are still the reason HV is such a great place.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: revolution on February 07, 2018, 08:20:56 am
Thanks for your always classy and gracious words.  May God bless you and your family each day!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: MasterChiefHog on February 07, 2018, 08:54:15 am
You are living the dream as a Razorback father. No one could ask for more. I appreciate all your insight and have read most of your posts. I even scan your posts to see what I've missed. It's been great "knowing" you and thank you for all your contributions on HV.
MCH
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 07, 2018, 08:56:27 am
Quite a thread - two of our classiest posters marking family transitions by sharing with HV.

Isn't it strange? People who have never met build relationships on a message board. We share a love of the Hogs.

Doesn't happen for all people, mind you. I think it is easier for those of us (I am including myself in this category) still see "relationship building" as a significant goal for message board activity. Some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting were found right here: David, Jason...you guys are awesome. And, the oddity of it all - finding life-long friends here but not immediately knowing it: Stan, Grag, Ron, Scott, Ron...so glad we had our time together many years ago so we could have our HV time together.

Best to Cooper and Matthew, and Dad and Dad - don't be a stranger. You are still the reason HV is such a great place.

Thanks, Oklahawg.  It's always a pleasure sharing my passion for the Razorbacks with my Hogville brothers and sisters. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: hoglady on February 07, 2018, 09:00:51 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  Last week, he was thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, and history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper was made aware that he could add a course and complete his political science degree, a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldn’t be prouder.   

So I’ll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  He’s s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second or regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasn’t changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely won’t post as much since I won’t have credible info, but I’ll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  He’s never let us down, and I don’t think he’ll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone


Very happy for you and your son - sounds like he made a mature decision for his future.
I'm sure you are a very proud Papa.

But please don't stop posting - if "inside info" was a prerequisite for posting on this site most of us wouldn't be here.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: redleg on February 07, 2018, 09:06:09 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  Last week, he was thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, and history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper was made aware that he could add a course and complete his political science degree, a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second or regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone
Congrats to your son and your family. My son, who was born in Little Rock and is a Hogs fan, is in law school in NOLA. Maybe one day they can be on a party ticket together! WPS!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: oldman1015 on February 07, 2018, 09:11:59 am
Congrats to him, that is  impressive.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: HogInThaGrove on February 07, 2018, 09:34:36 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  Last week, he was thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, and history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper was made aware that he could add a course and complete his political science degree, a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second or regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

Great stuff.  Congrats on raising a great young man and I hope I'm able to see him on a ballot some time in the future.  Lord knows we need as many good, honest, respectful people in government as possible.  Good luck to him and the whole family!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: hoglady on February 07, 2018, 09:35:21 am
Wow.  I know you and your family are very proud of Cooper.  He exemplifies what family and football are all about.  I hope he has a license plate soon that says UA Law.  It's a great law school. 

I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to spending some time with you this Fall.  My son, Matthew, will sign his "Commitment Letter" today at a ceremony with other players at Brentwood High School.  It isn't an LOI, but it does acknowledge the commitment he and the Razorback family have made to each other.  Matthew turned down some good full offers, but Arkansas is where his heart is.  He will do his best to earn a scholarship, but the experience and education he will get at UA will be second to none.  If his mom and I didn't believe that, we would have done our best to have him go somewhere else.  Cooper's experience as a walk-on confirms he made the right choice. 

I'll probably be taking a long vacation from Hogville myself pretty soon.  I have devoted far too much of my time here over the years anyway, but my "tldr" posts have always been from the heart.  Most of all, I have tried to keep some from rewriting Arkansas's history as a football team.  I saw yesterday that PWO commit Peyton Ausley referred to Arkansas as a "sleeping giant".  My guess is I know where he got that from.  I firmly believe we have the right coach at the right time.

Best of luck to Cooper in his law school and professional career.  I hope to meet you both soon.

And another proud Papa!!
Congratulations again to your son.
Don't stay away too much - you are one of my favorite posters and you know those crazy GSD threads most certainly need your rational posts.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Mo_Better_Hogs on February 07, 2018, 09:39:21 am
Best of luck to the Sone family. Thank you for all your contributions to the cardinal and white.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: oldhawg on February 07, 2018, 09:44:27 am
Congratulations to Cooper, you, and the rest of the family.  Am sure you are deservedly proud of Cooper, and will always be there to support him in all of his endeavors.  That's what families are all about.  Don't stop posting, you still have a better perspective than most of the HV posters will ever have.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Bacons Rebellion on February 07, 2018, 09:55:21 am
Congrats! It's surely a good decision. Football is just for the moment unless you're going pro. Cooper has already learned most of the valuable lessons sports teaches.

I had that conversation with my daughter 6 years ago when she was being recruiting by small schools for softball, but she wanted to go to William & Mary (no scholarship softball). No comparison in academics. We have no doubt it was the right decision. She went to W&M, played club ball (against teams like Navy, Kentucky, UVA, etc.) graduated with a  STEM degree, and just accepted an after-work job coaching high school softball -- first practice in 12 days, but Dad isn't counting.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: SoonerBaHog on February 07, 2018, 10:01:23 am
Congrats to you and your son.  I too am a proud father of a U of A graduate.  The best of luck to both of you.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: oldhawg on February 07, 2018, 10:02:29 am
Fan On The Hill
bphi11ips
Bacons Rebellion
Oklahawg
Inhogswetrust
Others


Love these personnel insight messages.  They add a little humanity and familiarity to HV.  Family.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: hogoffate on February 07, 2018, 10:09:10 am
Congratulations to you both.  A lot of hard work through the years has paid off.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Sed76 on February 07, 2018, 10:11:46 am
Best of luck to your son and thank you for all the insight you have provided.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: liljo on February 07, 2018, 10:15:25 am
Congratulations for raising such a fine young man.

That's "the good stuff." May Cooper live a long and blessed life.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: jimmiewkersh on February 07, 2018, 10:16:16 am
Congratulations and know you are a blessed family.  Cannot be more proud for you and your family.  Way to go and law school is a wonderful decision.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Hoggish1 on February 07, 2018, 10:18:13 am
Thanks Jeff and best of luck to Cooper!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Vantage 8 dude on February 07, 2018, 10:22:13 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  Last week, he was thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, and history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper was made aware that he could add a course and complete his political science degree, a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second or regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone
Congrats to your both your family and most certainly your son. This is a tremendous opportunity and blessing to all involved. Want to wish him all the very best throughout the future. I also want to thank you so much for all your dedication and sharing information concerning the program. It's be much appreciated by this fan.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 07, 2018, 10:24:10 am
And another proud Papa!!
Congratulations again to your son.
Don't stay away too much - you are one of my favorite posters and you know those crazy GSD threads most certainly need your rational posts.

Thank you.  I thought of you when I said "sisters"!  You have always been one of my favorites and know more about football and basketball than most men I know.

The GSD is one reason I probably need to retire for the time being.  You and most know that I love the Razorbacks and will always swear to anyone I meet that the entire state of Arkansas is God's Country.  Please help these guys and gals keep it between the lines. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: FutureMan on February 07, 2018, 10:35:59 am
Such an awesome post.  Thanks for everything you have done on this board, Fan.  And more importantly, good luck to Cooper!  I know he will be successful in wherever life takes him.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: MuskogeeHogFan on February 07, 2018, 10:38:26 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  Last week, he was thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, and history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper was made aware that he could add a course and complete his political science degree, a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second or regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

Very, very happy for you, your family and of course, for Cooper. That is an incredibly mature decision on his part. I wish him the very best and certainly appreciate the effort and sacrifices that he made the last few years on behalf of the Hogs.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Kevin on February 07, 2018, 10:48:07 am
congrats
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Dark Helmet Hog on February 07, 2018, 10:56:02 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  Last week, he was thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, and history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper was made aware that he could add a course and complete his political science degree, a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldn’t be prouder.   

So I’ll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  He’s s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second or regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasn’t changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely won’t post as much since I won’t have credible info, but I’ll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  He’s never let us down, and I don’t think he’ll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

This is truly an outstanding story and is what being a Razorback student athlete is all about. Congrats and be proud. WPS!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: snoblind on February 07, 2018, 11:01:58 am
Congrats to Cooper and Matthew!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Hawgey-Davidson on February 07, 2018, 11:08:38 am
Life is about believing in and living your dreams. This is living life. Congrats Fan and family and especially to Cooper. Live life well!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Cotton on February 07, 2018, 11:16:13 am
Once a Hog, Always a Hog.

Best wishes Cooper and family.

Don't be a stranger FOTH.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: JS22 on February 07, 2018, 11:17:21 am
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and our family for him to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

Congrats to Cooper! God bless him in the next phase of his life!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: sickboy on February 07, 2018, 11:19:03 am
Once a Hog, Always a Hog.

Best wishes Cooper and family.

Don't be a stranger FOTH.

Unless he's a democrat. Then the fans'll turn on him like a blind pitbull in a hen house.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: zane on February 07, 2018, 11:26:23 am
Good for him. Bittersweet for all involved I'm sure but this will probably be the best decision. Congrats to him.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: phadedhawg on February 07, 2018, 11:40:16 am
Best of luck to him and to you.  #wps
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: SweetSassyMolassy on February 07, 2018, 11:41:23 am
Congratulations, that is fantastic!  I hope he at least gets a summer to have a well-earned vacation. ;D
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: sowmonella on February 07, 2018, 01:10:28 pm
Your pride in Cooper is well deserved. You should keep posting and encourage Cooper to join the fun. I don't believe EXHOGONTHEHILL is taken. 8)
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLineô on February 07, 2018, 02:09:10 pm
 Proud with you for your son's accomplishments, and I'm proud of you for doing what God called you to do that night that you and your wife were just having a little fun. I'm jealous of the legacy you have, but so glad to celebrate it vicariously through your posts past as well as above. Your logical and rational insight along with actual knowledge have added more to Hogville than anything I can imagine any pay-site has had to offer for the past two years. We have all been truly blessed with your presence... Thank You and +1 again.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLineô on February 07, 2018, 02:10:03 pm
Unless he's a democrat. Then the fans'll turn on him like a blind pitbull in a hen house.
Drop him like a deuce... ;)
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Steef on February 07, 2018, 02:12:22 pm
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing players and recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and about him choosing to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

An ATTORNEY!!!    YUCK!!!

j/k (well, kinda) The world does need a few decent human beings to be attorneys.

Congrats on raising such a splendid son. And thanks.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: AFWarrior83 on February 07, 2018, 02:18:17 pm
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing players and recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and about him choosing to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone


What a great post! It sounds like your son has a very bright future. Thank you for the ďinsiderĒ information you brought to the site. Yíall will always be Arkansas Razorbacks.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: mhuff on February 07, 2018, 02:19:19 pm
Renaissance man. I know u r proud.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: DeltaBoy on February 07, 2018, 02:47:40 pm
Congratulations to Cooper!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: exit followed by a boar on February 07, 2018, 03:11:50 pm
Congratulations.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: oldbear on February 07, 2018, 03:17:51 pm
Congratulations to Cooper and to the entire family.  Law school is a pain, but it will be well worth it in the end.  I know you guys are very proud and you have every reason to be.  It isn't easy to do the full time job that is college athletics and maintain a grade point that will get you into law school.  If Cooper ever needs help, you are welcome to PM me and I will help in any way that I can. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: JRHoward on February 07, 2018, 03:18:04 pm
Congratulations to Cooper and the Sone Family!  God Bless!   Best Wishes,  John
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: daBoar on February 07, 2018, 04:16:22 pm
So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former player. 
Jeff Sone
Wow. Many thanks for the insight and very measured and well thought out comments over the last couple of seasons.  It looks like you sired a good one.  My prayers are with you and him....to progress well.  I'm glad to have known you, in this strange medium.  wps
Title: You Have Know Idea How Fortunate You Are
Post by: TheRedBoarn on February 07, 2018, 04:53:16 pm
Congratulations to Cooper and your entire family.  I'm proud for all of you.
William H.Dykes
LtCol USMC, Ret.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: KCHOGFAN on February 07, 2018, 05:00:21 pm
Very impressive.  Congrats to Cooper!!!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: 007 License To Squeal on February 07, 2018, 06:08:01 pm
Great post!  Thanks for sharing, and good luck to you and your family...
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: UAGolfer1981 on February 07, 2018, 06:20:47 pm
Congrats! Once a Razorback always a Razorback!   One of my proudest moments as a father was when my daughter selected and graduated from my alma mater!

Please continue to contribute to making HV a great place to share our passion.  WPS!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: island hog on February 07, 2018, 06:33:31 pm
So proud of your son's accomplishments and of you as his parents... he is a role model for others to follow.  Thanks for all you've added to this forum.  To be honest, I'd get fired up to see a post from you as it gave us all an insight that very few have into the team, coaches, etc... to look under the hood.  Cooper has achieved a lot so far in his life and has a very bright future... couldn't be happier for him and your family.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: ChicoHog on February 07, 2018, 06:37:30 pm
Way to go Cooper and good luck!  FOTH, only problem I see with your post is the whole "I likely won't post as much" nonsense.  You are one of the more sane voices around, Hogville needs you  :)
No kidding!  How in the world does he have 389 smites?  Should be zero! 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: GA reddiehog on February 07, 2018, 07:14:06 pm
Congratulations to the Sone family!!  Hope he will be at U of A law School!  I have some cousins that have graduated from there and they are all doing well.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Boog41 on February 07, 2018, 07:37:31 pm
Quite a thread - two of our classiest posters marking family transitions by sharing with HV.

Isn't it strange? People who have never met build relationships on a message board. We share a love of the Hogs.

Doesn't happen for all people, mind you. I think it is easier for those of us (I am including myself in this category) still see "relationship building" as a significant goal for message board activity. Some of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting were found right here: David, Jason...you guys are awesome. And, the oddity of it all - finding life-long friends here but not immediately knowing it: Stan, Grag, Ron, Scott, Ron...so glad we had our time together many years ago so we could have our HV time together.

Best to Cooper and Matthew, and Dad and Dad - don't be a stranger. You are still the reason HV is such a great place.

👍
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: FATHAWG08 on February 07, 2018, 08:01:12 pm
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing players and recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and about him choosing to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone
This warms my Heart,
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Horse racer on February 07, 2018, 08:42:19 pm
What an accomplishment! Congratulations to all concerned. And like the others, your level headed commentary was always a welcome addition to this forum.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Cinco de Hogo on February 07, 2018, 09:00:21 pm
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing players and recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and about him choosing to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

One word,

ďAwesomeĒ
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bennyl08 on February 07, 2018, 09:11:58 pm
Good job FOTH and Cooper as well. I was looking forward to getting to hopefully see him on the field in some regard this coming season, but believe he made a wise decision. Have had a few friends pass the bar and know that is extremely stressful. However, especially with a background in football, your son knows that nothing worth having comes easy and I believe he will have the maturity to tackle law school and all that comes with it. Best of luck and even without any "inside info", definitely don't become a stranger on this board (unless you know, real life cuts into things, then obviously that takes priority).
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: limitless on February 07, 2018, 09:40:37 pm
Great post.  I'm very happy for your son - and you as parents.  I don't post here much, just read threads and mostly chuckle.

I don't have a football background, but I love the sport.  I was a distance runner for John back in the day and achieved some good things both academically and athletically.  Just 2 short years ago in December, my youngest daughter graduated from the U of A school of Architecture at the top of her class.  Cool stuff.

So we all cheer our kid's success - especially when that success will be rewarded for the rest of their lives and their ties to this institution will last.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: TheRazorback500 on February 07, 2018, 10:38:38 pm
Congrats to Cooper. WPS
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: flagstaffhog on February 07, 2018, 11:51:50 pm
Go HOGS Go - past, present, and future!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Arkamedes on February 08, 2018, 12:31:06 am
Congratulations to Cooper! And, thank you to FOTH for all your insight into our program. It appears as though the Razorback family has, once again, successfully raised another Hog. I thank you and Cooper for your loyalty and love for the program and wish him the best of luck in the future! WooPig! Go Hogs!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: TXArcher on February 08, 2018, 04:08:47 am
Good for Cooper! FOTH, hope you stick around, your posts were always welcomed.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: RazorPiggie on February 08, 2018, 06:27:19 am
Nice FOTH! Congrats!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: jgphillips3 on February 08, 2018, 07:09:59 am
Congrats to your son.  Thank you for all of your insider info over the past couple of years. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Justagp on February 08, 2018, 08:07:35 am
FOTH, your behind the scenes info and insightful posts have been greatly appreciated. Congratulations to Cooper - that is very impressive!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: rmcchris on February 08, 2018, 01:32:42 pm
You are my favorite poster, so please continue to do so.  I read a lot more than I post!  Thank you Cooper for all your hard work and leadership within our program.  You now have taken the next step in your live and good luck.  No doubt you will be successful.  Thanks for guiding our future Razorbacks as they navigate college football and life.  WPS.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: FANONTHEHILL on February 09, 2018, 09:29:09 am
A big thank you to everyone for all of the replies. Iíve shared this with Cooper and he is very appreciative of the amazing Razorback fans out there. 

As I said before, this is a melancholy moment.  Excited for the future, but the first time in 12 years he wonít be strapping on a helmet come August.  But he walks away having lived a dream heís had since he was 3, degree in hand, a few SEC Academic Honor Roll plaques on the wall, a healthy body, and a bright future.  Thanks again to you all for the kind words. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: razorjacket43 on February 09, 2018, 10:05:20 am
Congrats to Cooper and to you and your family. WPS!! Never forget yall will always be a Hog
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: OneTuskOverTheLineô on February 09, 2018, 10:07:21 am
Wow.  I know you and your family are very proud of Cooper.  He exemplifies what family and football are all about.  I hope he has a license plate soon that says UA Law.  It's a great law school. 

I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to spending some time with you this Fall.  My son, Matthew, will sign his "Commitment Letter" today at a ceremony with other players at Brentwood High School.  It isn't an LOI, but it does acknowledge the commitment he and the Razorback family have made to each other.  Matthew turned down some good full offers, but Arkansas is where his heart is.  He will do his best to earn a scholarship, but the experience and education he will get at UA will be second to none.  If his mom and I didn't believe that, we would have done our best to have him go somewhere else.  Cooper's experience as a walk-on confirms he made the right choice. 

I'll probably be taking a long vacation from Hogville myself pretty soon.  I have devoted far too much of my time here over the years anyway, but my "tldr" posts have always been from the heart.  Most of all, I have tried to keep some from rewriting Arkansas's history as a football team.  I saw yesterday that PWO commit Peyton Ausley referred to Arkansas as a "sleeping giant".  My guess is I know where he got that from.  I firmly believe we have the right coach at the right time.

Best of luck to Cooper in his law school and professional career.  I hope to meet you both soon.
Hey Bubba... Don't you dare shrink away from this place. You have been one of my favorite posters too. In fact, I hope you two are the start of a Hogville tradition of having a real insider's view into the inner workings of the program. Well... to a point that doesn't become detrimental to your student athlete or the program. FOTH set an excellent example, and I believe you could carry that torch well.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: 311Hog on February 09, 2018, 10:09:30 am
A big thank you to everyone for all of the replies. Iíve shared this with Cooper and he is very appreciative of the amazing Razorback fans out there. 

As I said before, this is a melancholy moment.  Excited for the future, but the first time in 12 years he wonít be strapping on a helmet come August.  But he walks away having lived a dream heís had since he was 3, degree in hand, a few SEC Academic Honor Roll plaques on the wall, a healthy body, and a bright future.  Thanks again to you all for the kind words. 

dang man that is totally winning the game of life right here.  I am proud to share an alma mater with your son, he will love having his name in the side walk.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: snoblind on February 09, 2018, 10:38:17 am
With Cooper moving on would you share the take you wrote on what happened under previous regime?  I know the arguments against it, but there are also good arguments to have it on the record.

For example, in Jump Ball there is the Nolan/White/Self/Broyles saga being rehashed 15 years later.  And Irwin has shed a lot of light on various topics. 
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Tejano Jawg on February 09, 2018, 11:19:04 am
Well done Fan and family! Great post, as are all your contributions on Hogville. We appreciate what you and your son have given to the program. Keep checking in.

I love that little picture cluster (post #77).
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 09, 2018, 11:53:58 am
Hey Bubba... Don't you dare shrink away from this place. You have been one of my favorite posters too. In fact, I hope you two are the start of a Hogville tradition of having a real insider's view into the inner workings of the program. Well... to a point that doesn't become detrimental to your student athlete or the program. FOTH set an excellent example, and I believe you could carry that torch well.

FOTH did a great job of balancing his own love for the Hogs and football IQ with Cooperís status as a player. He never revealed anything I can recall about Cooper or the team or staff that I thought was inappropriate. Occassionally he would set someone straight and shut some silly idea down. I always appreciated that.

Iíve been here a long time. My nature is to advocate and question. I donít necessarily think anything I or anyone else says here has any influence, but collectively Hogville has, in my opinion, been somewhat of a barometer of the hard core fanbase. A lot more read than post. My opinions are my own.  My son and I do share a love for the Razorbacks. Someone just sent me this article, and what he said made me smile:

 https://brentwoodhomepage.com/six-brentwood-high-student-athletes-sign-letters-intent/ (https://brentwoodhomepage.com/six-brentwood-high-student-athletes-sign-letters-intent/)

Iíll bet Cooper and his dad are the same way.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 09, 2018, 12:13:23 pm
With Cooper moving on would you share the take you wrote on what happened under previous regime?  I know the arguments against it, but there are also good arguments to have it on the record.

For example, in Jump Ball there is the Nolan/White/Self/Broyles saga being rehashed 15 years later.  And Irwin has shed a lot of light on various topics. 


If FOTH doesnít, itís probably because he knows that what he says here might influence some voter fifteen years from now. 

I represent recording artists. The Brentwood High School PA announcer asked me years ago, before my son played there, if I would ask one of my clients to call his message machine and say ďGo BrentwoodĒ.  The announcer wanted to use it during the game. I knew better than to ask but did anyway against my better judgement. My client asked me who we were playing. I said Franklin. They are Brentwoodís traditional rival. He looked at me and asked ďHow many fans do you think I have in Franklin?Ē  That was the end of the discussion, but it was a good lesson in politics.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: snoblind on February 09, 2018, 01:05:39 pm
If FOTH doesn’t, it’s probably because he knows that what he says here might influence some voter fifteen years from now. 

I represent recording artists. The Brentwood High School PA announcer asked me years ago, before my son played there, if I would ask one of my clients to call his message machine and say “Go Brentwood”.  The announcer wanted to use it during the game. I knew better than to ask but did anyway against my better judgement. My client asked me who we were playing. I said Franklin. They are Brentwood’s traditional rival. He looked at me and asked “How many fans do you think I have in Franklin?”  That was the end of the discussion, but it was a good lesson in politics.

Understand your point from the example, but are you equating "voter" with a high school prospect 15 years from now?  Don't think this discussion would sway a kid's decision one or another.

One thing I have thought about with the BB debacle happening is reading on here for years folks blaming Broyles for the meddling with/running off coaches, specifically Hatfield comes to mind.

Seems to me Alvarez not only built Wisconsin, but was/is heavily involved in the day to day operation.  We saw the results of BB doing it on his own.

Perhaps if Hatfield had listened to Frank more instead of mailing it in the last year or 2 in recruiting and running off to Clemson when there was an unsigned contract on his desk life as a Razorback fan would been more enjoyable the past 30 years.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: HogFansReunited on February 09, 2018, 01:06:11 pm
Best of luck to your son and thanks for all the information that you have provided us with over the last couple years.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 09, 2018, 01:09:13 pm
Understand your point from the example, but are you equating "voter" with a high school prospect 15 years from now?  Don't think this discussion would sway a kid's decision one or another.


I was thinking more of Cooperís future career as a politician.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: snoblind on February 09, 2018, 01:13:27 pm
I was thinking more of Cooper’s future career as a politician.

Oh yeah, forgot that angle.  And yes, someone would hold a comment his dad made 15 years earlier against him.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: code red on February 09, 2018, 01:37:34 pm
All the Best to Cooper.  Congrats to you and your family.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: bphi11ips on February 09, 2018, 01:39:02 pm
Oh yeah, forgot that angle.  And yes, someone would hold a comment his dad made 15 years earlier against him.

Or maybe the usual suspects are here 10 years from now still talking about what Cooperís dad said went wrong under Bielema.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: swinemaster on February 09, 2018, 03:58:04 pm
Good Job Dad!  I'd say Good luck to Cooper but it seems pretty obvious he is making his own luck.  Congrats!!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Nashville Fan on February 09, 2018, 04:33:17 pm
So now we can get the real story! :) congrats and thanks for your son's service to Razorback nation. Be proud papa!
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: GuvHog on February 09, 2018, 05:10:17 pm
FOTH Congratulations on raising a fine young man. I know he'll do very well in Law School.
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: Rudy Baylor on February 09, 2018, 06:35:23 pm
Signing day is always an exciting time for Razorback Football.  These last couple of weeks have been exciting to watch as we see the team add pieces to the puzzle.  On a personal note, it has also been an interesting couple of weeks for our family.  We have been excited by the offseason program of Coach Carroll and the potential for Cooper to possibly contribute in his redshirt junior year.  But sometimes, you get thrown a curveball.  His long term goal has always been a political science degree, a history degree, and then law school.  Last week Cooper came to the conclusion that he could add a course and complete his political science degree with a history minor this spring and begin law school this fall before his 21st birthday.  After a long family conversation and speaking with faculty, local attorneys, former athletes, and the coaching staff, Cooper is graduating and stepping away from football.  We are so proud that he has made this difficult decision and has a plan for his future.  He should be sitting for the bar exam at 23 years old and we couldnít be prouder.   

So Iíll not be attending practices.  No more inside info.  Just a fan and the father of a former
player.  I have to be honest, it will be hard for our entire family when the season rolls around.  But this is the right decision for his future.  I do want everyone to know that the current staff has been awesome in this process.  They have told Cooper that he is not quitting the team, he is graduating and turning the next page.  They want him around.  They want him in the building.  They want him showing players and recruit parents that you can play football, have a 3.92 GPA and have a degree in three years.  Heís s recruiter now.  Coach Morris, Coach Fry, and Coach Carroll have been awesome and our family is so excited about the future of this program. 

I have had many people over the last couple years PM me asking on behalf of their own family, what is it really like in the program.  I have never told anyone that there is a single second of regret from Cooper and about him choosing to be a Razorback.  That hasnít changed and never will.  Thanks to all of you for the kind words over the last few years.  I likely wonít post as much since I wonít have credible info, but Iíll still be around to spar with anyone who takes a shot at one of these young men who wear the uniform and represent our school and state. 

Cooper is an exceptional young man and his mother and I are very proud of his past and excited for his future.  He believes that politics could be in his future.  So if you could do me one favor.  If you happen to see COOPER SONE on a ballot some time in the future, consider putting a check mark down beside his name.  Heís never let us down, and I donít think heíll let you down either.

God Bless and Go Hogs
Jeff Sone

We need to get rid of some RINOís

Hopefully Cooper is one of our guys

God bless
Title: Re: A Post Thatís a Couple Years Sooner Than Expected
Post by: STLhawg on March 09, 2018, 11:27:37 am
Sorry to wake up an old thread, but I just now saw this.  I wanted to give kudos to FOTH for raising such a fine young man -- and to let him know I will truly miss his insider's perspective posts!