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Deadspin releases recording of angry tirade from former UALR Baseball Coach Scott Norwood

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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 >

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 >

Neighbour Stayed Faithful to UALR Despite Tempting Offers

UALR senior forward Will Neighbour is a man of his word. Just ask Trojans assistant Ed Cunningham.
The 6-foot-10 senior forward had two different chances to back out of his commitment to UALR, but he stood fast.
“I thought about (changing

Photo by Arshia Khan Will Neighbour nearly went to Florida after committing to UALR out of high school.

Photo by Arshia Khan
Will Neighbour nearly went to Florida after committing to UALR out of high school.

the commitment), but it was mainly just staying loyal to Coach Cunningham,” the 6-foot-10 Neighbour says. “It was tough sometimes.”
Neighbour grew up in rural England and became infatuated with basketball after playing soccer, tennis and cricket. He joined the Southampton Solent Kestrels club team and it changed his life. Kestrels coach Jimmie Guymon, an NBA and ABA draft pick, helped Neighbour develop his skills and after he grew to 6-foot-7 at age 16, Guymon knew he was ready for a higher level of basketball in the Untied States.
Guymon had sent English players to U.S. colleges before and knew of Cunningham. Cunningham showed interest and after Neighbour enrolled at Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Ala.  and  committed to UALR.
After scoring 21 points per game at Central Park other college programs showed interest, including the Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama, Providence and … Read more >