Hog Notes: Appalachian Coach Thanks KTHV

by Jim Harris  on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007 6:10 pm  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Appalachian's Fancher: Thank You, Channel 11

Houston Fancher, Appalachian State's head coach, said that Little Rock television station KTHV, Channel 11, gave the Mountaineers an assist in beating Arkansas 74-67 on Saturday at Alltel Arena.

According to Fancher, a KTHV sportscaster, who we later learned was Mark Edwards, said on the Friday night sportscast that the only way Appalachian State would win Saturday's game was if its football team showed up. Appalachian's football team upset Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., in September and won its third straight NCAA Division I-AA (now known as Football Championship Subdivision) title last week.

"It fired our guys up a little," Fancher said after Saturday's game.

Fancher wasn't done with local plugs in his post-game press conference. He also gave a shout out to Walker's Heaven House of Soul Food for feeding the team right when they arrived yesterday in North Little Rock.

Christmas break for Hogs

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on Friday that John Pelphrey indicated during the week that he might be reluctant to let the Razorbacks have the Christmas holiday off if they didn't win Saturday's game, but despite the loss the Hogs will get a couple of days off.

"They need it," Pelphrey said. "They're going home. It's best for them."

The coach also told the Downtown Tip-Off Club in North Little Rock that he and wife Tracy, who are both from Paintsville, Ky., will be going home for three days. It will be Pelphrey's first Christmas home in six years, he said Friday. It is the first Christmas for his uncles and parents at his parent's home, and Pelphrey said his uncles were getting up in years. He didn't want to miss this chance for a holiday home.

Arkansas' player will reconvene late Dec. 26 to prepare for Louisiana-Monroe, which comes to Fayetteville on Dec. 29. Then it's a week off before the Hogs meet Baylor in Dallas on Jan. 5.

"We've got to make some progress," Pelphrey said. "That's evident today. We're not where we have to be."

Big bench effort



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