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Coaching All-Star Game Dream Come True


My basketball coaching record is perfect, and I don’t expect that to change Saturday. After a 22-year hiatus, I’m “coaching” the South Men’s College All-Stars in the Arkansas College Basketball All-Star Game at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. Joining me on the bench is legendary University of Arkansas sharp-shooting guard Al Dillard, who 20 years ago helped the Razorbacks win the National Championship.
I’m confident our group of players from the smaller schools in the state will run past the North, comprised mainly of Arkansas and Arkansas State players, and coached by Northwest Arkansas radio personality Ched “The Ugly Uncle” Carpenter and Dillard’s former teammate, Clint McDaniel. The South is the obvious underdog, but more on that in a moment.
In the spring of 1992, my then-14-year-old brother informed me the older brother of one his teammates ditched the traveling team he played on. A tournament approached, and they needed a coach. I gladly chipped in, and guided my brother’s team to the tournament championship. It was a combination of a wide-open, freelance offense I emphasized combined with their ability to hit shots. A press, we ran on the varsity squad, also worked well.
Not a bad coaching debut, … Read more >

Arkansas All-Star Weekend Debuts April 4 and 5 in Hot Springs

A new college basketball event debuts next weekend (Friday April 4 and Saturday April 5) in Hot Springs at Summit Arena.
The Arkansas Alumni Classic presents Arkansas All-Star Weekend. The event is the brainchild of AAC’s Byron Jenkins, of Springdale, and partner Travoris Akins of LIttle Rock. AAC has promoted high school football game doubleheaders and high school basketball tournaments in Little Rock in the past, but this is the group’s first event showcasing former college athletes.1236084_4093996844928_1186955938_n
The event features an All-Star game pitting  the state’s Top 20 men’s and women’s college senior players against each other. Fans voted during the season to determine the top players and competitors in the exhibition. While not all of the men’s and women’s players have confirmed —all but one of the  University of Arkansas’ five seniors are currently committed. Word on Kikko Haydar should come next week.
The women play on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Summit Arena followed by the men’s game at 5:30 and a legend’s game at 7:30. A pregame autograph session is planned from 1 to 3 p.m.
The legends game is a mix of former college football and basketball players, including Razorbacks basketball players Al Dillard, Todd Day, … Read more >

Harsin’s Departure Could’ve Been Handled Better

Bryan Harsin has left Arkansas State for Boise State. Wednesday it became official. Over the past couple of days, depending on the source, Harsin was going to his hometown to coach his alma mater, then it was going to be former BSU coach Dirk Koetter, then Harsin had removed his name — and it was Koetter’s job for sure, then a report disputed the report about Harsin pulling his name and finally …. word came from ASU that Harsin had resigned.
What. A. Mess. A mess that Arkansas State had nothing to do with or control over. This is all on Harsin and Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle. This search seemed to be WAY too public, which led to misinformation. Remember how Arkansas A.D. Jeff Long handled the coaching search that ended with the hiring of Bret Bielema? It was air tight. So secretive that no one, not even the most diligent media members new, until UA wanted it public.
Out of respecArkansas State Football - Fall Camp 1st Practicet for ASU administration and fans, Harsin could have informed Boise State, he’d only interview for the job if he was the only candidate. Then BSU could decide if they really wanted him, and the $1.75 … Read more >