University of Arkansas Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek has authorized all athletic teams except for football to schedule Arkansas State.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the Arkansas is open to playing more in-state opponents like Arkansas State or Central Arkansas.

Razorback coaches are free to schedule A-State or UCA in all sports except for football.

Athletic departments across the country are looking to cut travel costs in the midst of COVID-19. So more matchups against teams that are reachable by bus instead of by plane.

Arkansas played Little Rock in baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, & volleyball in 2019. They faced UAPB in baseball & volleyball in 2019. The Razorbacks are scheduled to host the Golden Lions in football in 2021. It’ll mark the first Hog pigskin matchup against a Natural State opponent since 1944.

The Hogs initially rolled out their plan in 2018 to play in-state opponents within the UA System.