As athletic director Jeff Long walked out of the room after telling Arkansas' players that Bobby Petrino had been fired Thursday evening, a void in leadership had already formed.
Without Petrino's heavy hand and detailed plans to guide the way, a few players stood up to leave the Broyles Athletic Center - thinking the meeting was finished. There was no yelling, only the rumbling of under-the-breath comments in an otherwise silent room as the enormity of the athletic director's announcement settled in.
That was the moment when Tyler Wilson and Tenarius ''Tank'' Wright filled that void at Arkansas. The pair of rising seniors had too much invested with four years of endless and mind-numbing work to let their teammates slip away that easily - literally and figuratively.
There was no disrespect, no interrupting of Long's announcement. There were only two of the most respected and longest-tenured Razorbacks left standing, taking the reins of an environment that felt like it was spirali...