The text messages came before I even heard the news. It was May, and it was just announced that Iowa State was playing Arkansas in basketball.
One friend asked me who I would be rooting for. Then as I read the official press release of the announcment of the game that is a part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, I received a text from my friend and fellow native Iowan, Justin Acri.
“Arkansas at Iowa State, we are going.”
By June we aleready had a hotel booked. If you have listened to Acri’s show, The Zone heard on 103.7 The Buzz with co-host Pat Bradley, you have heard the trip mentioned often. And for good reason.
Acri and I grew up die-hard Iowa State fans, and most of the time that wasn’t easy. We both grew up near the campus and had family who attaended ISU. I started going to games when I was three. My dad, an ISU alum, was extremely proud of his alma mater, and every time we visited the campus he showed me an old dorm, an old class building or another landmark. I loved every minute of it, and he had hooked me. I was … Read more >
ADG File Photo Former UALR baseball coach Scott Norwood.
Friday afternoon website Deadspin published an article that included a recording of former UALR baseball coach Scott Norwood screaming at his players with a barrage of profanity following a win (Yes, a win) against Southeast Missouri State Feb. 18. The victory pushed the Trojans to 4-0, but it didn’t keep the former coach from blasting his players with a series of F-bombs.
Twice he confronted players who answered questions he asks, and he asked pitcher Travis McDonald if he wanted to leave the team.
“Hey, Travis,” Norwood says at one point in the recording, apparently talking to pitcher Travis McDonald. “I’m right f*cking here.”
“I’m looking right at you,” someone, apparently McDonald, responds.
“You know you aren’t—don’t you f*cking talk back to me today. Get—hey, you wanna look down, then get the f*ck out of here. I’ll find someone else to pitch tomorrow. You wanna f*cking go now? There’s the f*cking door, son. Get the f*ck out if you don’t like it.”
Deadspin claims there are other recordings that capture similar rants. A player who emailed the website also allegedly accused Norwood of starting an April 2 brawl with the University … Read more >
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 >
More people discussed University of Arkansas women’s basketball on social media and on-air Sunday morning than the past two decades — combined. That was the idea (well, part of it) in hiring former ESPN college basketball analyst Jimmy Dykes as the new UA coach.
UA athletic director Jeff Long caught everyone off guard with the curveball, including several fans, who asked on social media if the announcement was an early April Fool’s Day gag. I talked to one national media member who covers women’s basketball daily that admitted he was stunned by the revelation (He was also very impressed). He has been tracking the story since Long fired former coach Tom Collen after the SEC Tournament last month. Not everyone was as blown away by the move and how Dykes crushed the press conference, which is so important in college athletics.
For more than 24 hours, I’ve seen the social media posts by fans and media questioning the decision. Questioning Dykes’ inexperience coaching women’s basketball. Questioning his more than 20-year hiatus from assistant men’s coaching. Questioning the hiring over “real” coaches with strong head-coaching resumes like Joe Foley at UALR and Mike Neighbors, a former UA assistant and Arkansas native, … Read more >
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.
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 >