With a football slant (and a Hendrix football slant), here is a new batch of “David Citations” for the interesting, weird and just plain zany in sports:
ARE YOU READY FOR ...? When reservations for tailgating spots opened, Hendrix College, fielding its first football team since 1960, had 100 inquiries in slight more than 30 minutes. “Hendrix seems ready for football,” I said to a friend. “Hendrix is ready for tailgating,” he replied.
BEST GIMMICK DEFENSE IDEA?: Hendrix football coach Buck Buchanan was asked about his defensive philosophy and he said it’s uncertain until the coaches fully evaluate their personnel. He’s telling people that in the opener against Westminster, the Warriors may run a 10-1 (10 men on the line of scrimmage, one defensive back).
BEST EVALUATION OF SPEED: From Buchanan — “You either have it or are chasing it.”
WEIRDEST PHILOSOPHY: Buchanan said that Hendrix will almost always play Division III (non-athletic scholarship schools): “It’s a strange way Division III works as far as rankings and playoffs. The way it works is nobody is considered a worthy opponent unless it’s Division III.” He noted that when he was at Austin College, the Kangaroo basketball team beat three scholarship teams (including national power Wayland Baptist) and got no credit as far as playoff seeding. “It’s strange,” Buchanan said, “but that’s the way Division III works.”
MR. ADAPTABLE: UCA quarterback Taylor Reed, who was granted the exception to the double-transfer rule after transferring from the University of Memphis and from the University of Central Arkansas in a year, is playing for his fifth coaching staff in four years (two at Memphis, two at Arkansas and one at UCA).
BEST ILLEGAL RECRUITING STORY: In accepting a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame banquet, Jimmy “Red” Parker told of one of his first experiences with legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant when he initially became head coach at Clemson. Bryant told him his coaching relationship with him would be fair and above board.
Clemson got a commitment from a player who was from poor side of Montgomery. Then, he visited the player, who told him he had decided to go to Alabama, and saw a new brick home, a new television, a new coach and a new refrigerator, washing machine and new stove. He returned to Clemson and told an assistant that he was going to call Bryant and call him on the situation report him about the athlete getting the refurbished home and appliances. “But coach,” Parker said the assistant told him, “we put them in there.”
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)