McCollum's Column: Texas struggles, clunker boats and a golf tourney

A few quick takes while enjoying weather is unusual with an approaching football season:




New University of Texas football coach Charlie Strong has inherited a struggling program.

We’ll say this again. Texas is apparently a struggling program.

Strong inherited an undisciplined program.

The former University of Central Arkansas defensive back already has to deal with a variety of discpilinary issues that has prompted a dismissal of several players.

Word is he may have inherited a similar situation that Bret Bielema did in his first season as Arkansas coach.

To top it off, Texas was misspelled in 200 pages of the school’s football media guide.

Things have not gone well for Texas since the creation of The Longhorn Network.



Taking a cue from the always popular Clunker Car Night, the Arkansas Travelers held their first Clunker Boat Night last weekend.

The main requirement was the boats, donated by various dealers, had to float.

A challenge was those who won them had to haul them off and take the craft home.

Most of the boats looked OK from the outside and not much different than you would see in a neighbor’s yard.

Several were without motors.

One had what was described as a “5000 motor” meaning it was in 5,000 pieces.



Several former Arkansas sports legends, including Bobby Tiner, participated as celebrities Monday in the Pat Summerall Memorial Golf Tournament at Chenal Country Club.

It was a major fundraiser for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, which has several from Faulkner County on its board.

The great thing about the tournament was that it occurred on one of the most gorgeous afternoons ever in Arkansas.

Usually for such scramble tournaments in late July, cold beverages and iced towels are a requirement.

Although it was warm, most of the golfers were able to warm up without working up much of a sweat.

It was just a great day to ride around in a golf cart.

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



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