Hendrix is ahead of the curve as far as start-up football.
The Warriors, who are fielding their first football team in 53 years, are 2-2 going into Saturday’s game against Washington University.
Thirty NCAA Division III schools have reinstated or begun football since 1997.
According to research by Cody Usher, Hendrix Sports Information Director, only eight have won three games or more in a season. Nine of the colleges were winless their first year. Southwestern of Texas, another first-year program that Hendrix defeated last weekend, is 0-5 this season.
The best first-year record was by Christopher-Newport at 5-4 in 2001. North Carolina Wesleyan went 4-4 in its first year in 2004. Those were the only start-up teams at .500 or above. Endicott was 4-5.
The Warriors’ 48-37 loss last week was to an undefeated Millsaps team, one of the Southern Athletic Associaton favorites.
HALL OF FAME TIDBIT
Inadvertently, a couple of paragraphs were dropped at the end of a story on University of Central Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor inductees in Sunday’s print edition.
That left out comments from Nate Krig, one of the top track athletes in UCA history.
Here is how Krig concluded his remarks:
Nate Krig, one of the top sprinters in the NAIA in 1969, noted that he coached his daughter in softball for seven years, during which she asked him, “Dad, you ever play sports.” He told her his story.
He then produced a letter written by his daughter upon his second bypass surgery that read in part, “My dad was a big athlete in college and supposedly, maybe, is getting in the Hall of Fame in Conway, Arkansas.”
Continued Krig, his voice wavering, “That says it all. This is a dream come true.”
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @dmaclcd)