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McCollum's Column: Citations begin with a sugar daddy for Easter

Posted: April 19, 2014 - 7:26pm

An Easter basket full of “David Citations” for the interesting, zany and just plain weird in sports:

BEST WAY TO FIND A POTENTIAL SUGAR DADDY: Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson put up coaching its spring game to the highest bidder and got an $11,700 bid from Nick Bhardwaj, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur. Bhardwaj got to coach the first-teamers, and that group won 48-17.

CATCH THE PATTERN: The University of Central Arkansas set up its spring game as first-teamers vs. reserves and the first-team won, 48-6.

BLOWOUT CITY: Thursday in Conway, the Wampus Cat baseball and softball teams defeated their respective counterparts from Little Rock Hall and Parkview by a combined 77-0 in a doubleheader. The Cats defeated Hall, 22-0 and 20-0 while the Lady Cats downed Parkview, 15-0 and 20-0. Thankfully, there was a mercy rule.

BEST ATTEMPT AT PEACEMAKING: UCA associate athletic director Darrell Walsh stepped into the middle of a baseball brawl between the Bears and UALR and followed the scrum from the middle of the field to the backstop in attempting to restore order, possibly the coolest head on the field at the time.

BEST LEGACY: Every Connecticut women’s basketball player who has stayed in the program since 1989 has been to a Final Four.

TIMELIEST HIRE: Will Johnson, the new basketball coach at Conway High and the first African-American to coach a Wampus Cat varsity team, was hired on Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball.

FAST-PACED FOOTBALL: In their spring football game, the UCA Bears ran 94 plays in 74 minutes. Coach Steve Campbell’s goal is to run a play at least within 25 seconds, training his players to get in shape physically to play a fast-paced game. “Doing it also helps our defense prepare for the teams we will face that run a fast-paced offense (such as Texas Tech in the opener) during the season,” he said.

INTERESTING CONTRAST: The state now has two of the fastest-paced teams in NCAA football (Arkansas State and UCA) and one that goes at the slowest pace (the Arkansas Razorbacks).

WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT SEC BASKETBALL? Within the last week, Cuonzo Martin left Tennessee for the University of California and Frank Haith left Missouri for Tulsa.

(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or david.mccollum@thecabin.net or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)

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