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Traditions ... As you walk toward the stadium on a clear, brisk, fall day during what is known as football weather anticipating the game to come, you think back and realize all of the past traditions associated with the Hogs. Walking on the sidewalks covered with red, and yellow maple leaves, the names come alive from past graduates and players. Names like Alworth, Hatfield, Carpenter, Jones, Scott, Burnett, Montgomery, and Little. Their images all bring back memories of the excitement during past playing days. You walk past Old Main, the old Union, and Library as you continue strolling down the hill. Soon you notice the tailgaters, and their tents as they completely fill up the Pit. Through the constant movement of the fans, the smell of good food grilling and the sound of the crowd goes only to increase your anticipation as you find your way through the obstacles and into Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
The day is full of traditions. Looking around you see the Hog Hats that first made their appearance back in the mid '60s as students started to appear with those funny looking hogs on their heads. Music comes alive as on the field appears the precision of the Marching Razorback Band which had its humble beginning in 1874 as the Cadet Corps Band as part of the Military Arts Department making it one of the oldest collegiate bands in the nation.
It's now time for the grand entry from the north endzone area of the Broyles' Complex as the band strikes up Arkansas Fight and the team charges onto the field by "Running Through the A". Arkansas Fight goes all the way back to William Edwin Douglas who, as an undergraduate student of the class of 1913, first penned the lyrics. Later Douglas' former music teacher, professor Henry Tovey (who also provided the music for the Alma Mater), added the music making what would be known as the Field Song. When it was finally adopted by the University as the rally song for Hog sports, the name was changed to Arkansas Fight. Although the rights for this song are not owned by the University, but rather by The Southern Music Company located in San Antonio, TX, it will always be in the hearts of Hog fans and forever associated with Razorback sports. No longer is it just a football game, but along with all of the traditions, it has become a complete day-long carnival experience for fans to truly enjoy.
For you now know it is time for:
"Hit that line, Hit that line, Keep on going,
Move that ball right down the field.
Give a cheer, Rah! Rah!
Never fear, Rah! Rah!
Arkansas will never yield.
On your toes Razorbacks to the finish.
Carry on with all your might.
For it's A-A-A-R, K-A-N, S-A-S for Arkansas,
Fight, Fight, Fi-i-ight. "
Next month, we'll be back on track talking about another favorite player from Hog history, although it just seemed right to recollect and reminisce for a while about some of the traditions of a great Razorback football program.