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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.
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UCA Can Thank Conque for Historic Rise

I hope someone at the University of Central Arkansas sent Clint Conque a thank you note. The program owes its all-time winningest coach greatly after he announced Saturday he’s leaving for the same position at Southland Conference rival Stephen F. Austin.
In 14 years he transformed a hapless program into winners — not only at the NCAA Division II level, which is hard enough, but Conque also guided the Bears through a transition to NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) status in 2006..
UCA advanced to the FCS Playoffs in 2011 and 2012 and had a good chance this season if it hadn’t been for a nasty injury bug.
ConqClint Conqueue made the move look so easy, I’m not sure UCA administrators and fans realized how tough that really can be. As good as the Gulf South Conference is, the Southland is one of the better FCS conferences. There are some traditionally rich programs in that league, and to make the jump into that fray and knock heads with the best and move to the upper echelon instantly  is unheard of. Not many smaller schools enjoy overnight success moving up. In fact, some never make an impact.
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