McCollum's Column: Buses and teams galore in Conway last weekend

We’ll start with visitors to Conway with this batch of David’s Appetizers, assorted musings and observations on the sports scene:


You may have spotted several buses in town over the weekend carting various college teams.

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Last weekend was one of the busiest (and certainly the most eclectic) sports weekends in the city.

The University of Central Arkansas hosted 10 different colleges in various sports over the weekend. That translated to 12 different teams since Berry College and Oglethorpe brought both men’s and women’s soccer teams.

For UCA:

Nebraska-Kearney football, Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer, Nicholls State women’s soccer, Oral Roberts volleyball and Bradley men’s soccer.

For Hendrix:

Washington University football, Berry and Oglethorpe men’s and women’s soccer, Millsaps and Birmingham-Southern volleyball.

Those who operate restaurants, hotels and shopping areas can certainly appreciate the mix of sports activities in Conway. A lot of bus drivers probably ate for free.



Jeff Long being named chairman of the selectin committee that will choose the four teams to compete in a playoff for the NCAA Division I football championship next season says a lot for what the powers in athletics think of the Arkansas athletic director.

He’s obviously considered a fair person, but its certainly right that the chair of that first committee should come from the Southeastern Conference.

That job will be a hot seat but there’s apparently a lot of confidence Long can handle it with class.



UCA lost its No. 1 quarterback, Wynrick Smothers, on Saturday to a season-ending ankle injury.

That’s a major issue, but Nebraska-Kearney, the Bears’ opponent Saturday, has seen that situation multiplied.

Because of injuries and various issues, the Lopers have used seven quarterbacks in a year and a half.

Nicholls State, the Bears’ rival in the Southland Conference, has used four quarterbacks already this year because of injuries.



It occurred early in the third quarter with UCA leading, 17-0. It was a called draw play in which the defender went low and caught Smothers’ ankle. Conque said the series was designed to be Smothers’ last in the game and that the tackle was a “clean hit.”

(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or Follow him on Twitter @dmaclcd)


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