With football preseason approaching, presenting a variety pack of “David Citations,” for the interesting, weird and just plain zany in sports:
Hendrix College had one senior football player last season, and he graduated with a 4.0 average. “So we have a 100 percent graduation rate at 4.0,” says Hendrix coach Buck Buchanan.
Buchanan was an offensive lineman in college, which, he says, has its advantages. “Many coaches were skill players and they may try to starve their players,” he said. “I was an offensive lineman and that means the players are going to eat well on the road and not go hungry.”
BUM STEER SPELLING:
On 200 pages of its media guide, the University of Texas misspelled both the state and the institution. On the bottom pages was a promo for the website that read “Tesxa.com.” A rival fan has already registered that as a domain name so he can provide further harassment.
THE MALZAHN FILE:
As a head coach, Auburn’s Gus Malzahn has never coached a team that has won fewer than eight games.
As part of his preseason relaxation strategy, Abilene Christian coach Ken Collums, a former UCA quarterback, enjoys a fishing trip to the Red River. He also fishes near Abilene: “There are not as many trees, but you can always find a good crappie hole to go to.”
Two years ago, UCLA spent $136 million to renovate Pauley Pavilion. Last week, the area floor became a swimming hole with flooding in the area.
For the first time, the University of Central Arkansas and Arkansas have two common opponents: Texas Tech and Nicholls State. Both the Razorbacks and the Bears play them in the first month of the season.
BEST CLIMATE FOR FOOTBALL PRACTICE:
Arkansas summer, 2014
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)