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The Sideline: Gum speaker at Sports Club luncheon, Farm Bureau Awards and stadium plans at OBU

Posted: December 14, 2013 - 7:10pm

UCA’s Gum to speak at Sports Club

Allen Gum, baseball coach at the University who led the Bears to a Southland Conference tournament championship and an NCAA regional final, will be the speaker Monday at the December “icon” luncheon of the Arkansas Sports Club.

The luncheon, free to all interested, will begin at 11:30 a.m. at The Golden Corral.

The luncheon will brgin the club’s membership drive for 2012. Memberships are $50 and cover the cost of the monthly luncheons.

Every year, during the December luncheon, the club makes a donation to a charity. This year, the donation goes to the Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas Medical Science facility in honor of Jim Kelly, Don Campbell, Don Nixon and Josh Harrison, members who received cancer treatments this year.

HS awards event Monday

The 10th annual Farm Bureau Awards banquet for high school football players and coaches will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.

The event honors the state’s top 45 football players and coaches in every classification.

Conway Christian’s Chandler Ferrand is a nominee for Offensive Player of the Year in Class 2A.

OBU plans to upgrade FB stadium

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University President Rex Horne has announced plans for a “100-Yard Campaign” to raise funds to construct Cliff Harris Stadium.

The stadium upgrade, projected to be completed by the 2014 football season, will include updated stadium seating, press box, parking lot and related improvements. The Ouachita Tigers, who just completed their sixth straight winning season under head coach Todd Knight, have compiled the most consecutive winning seasons of any college team in Arkansas.

Harris, an all-conference and All-America safety for the Tigers in the 1960s and All-Pro safety for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1970s, played in six Pro Bowls and five Super Bowls for the Cowboys. A major donor has provided a lead gift as a matching challenge for the project, with additional funds being solicited over the next 120 days through the 100-Yard Campaign.

“Our stadium is the first thing many people pass on the way to our beautiful campus. For many years improvements have been needed,” Horne said. “Now a generous gift and challenge makes this construction possible.”

“This is such an important move for the university and the football program,” Knight said. “Everyone around the country is updating facilities. We must upgrade facilities as well to compete for the best student-athletes twho can represent the university and the football program in a great way.”

For more information about Cliff Harris Stadium and the 100-Yard Campaign, contact the Ouachita Office of Development at (870) 245-5169 or www.obu.edu.give.

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