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Arkansas Will Invest In 'High-Level Coach.' What Would It Take To Reach A Top 10 Salary?

by Chris Bahn 10/23/2012 9:00 am

Arkansas has money to spend for a quality head coach. Jeff Long said as much during a recent chat with fans at the Little Rock Touchdown Club. How much money would the program need to invest to get its newest coach among the Top 10 highest paid? Let’s look below:

Jim Harris: Slive Only Offers Hints To An SEC Future That Rivals Last Decade

by Jim Harris 10/22/2012 3:14 pm

Mike Slive had a laundry list of impressive accomplishments achieved during his decade of running the Southeastern Conference. What lies ahead for the SEC is quite a bit vague, but the commissioner indicated Monday that the good times should continue to roll.

Doc Harper: What Jeff Long Wishes He Could Say Regarding Razorback Season, Search

by Doc Harper 10/22/2012 9:00 am

Jeff Long gave standard non-answer answers as much as possible when he visited the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Oct. 15. It’s a skill he prides himself on. But as we all know, often times when we are posed with questions, there are the answers we give, and the answers that stay inside our heads. Here's what we’re guessing Long was probably thinking when asked these questions last week. Think of this as Jeff Long if he had Charles Barkley's candor.

[Video] Jim Harris: Arkansas AD Long Plays Part Of Politician On Coaching Search, Playing In The Rock

by Jim Harris 10/15/2012 4:00 pm

University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long’s persona of the politician fits right in during this run-up to a national general election next month. Nobody shows his hand, least of all Long. So, when Long spoke to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday, he tried to say what the crowd wanted to hear, but he made sure not to venture into some of the more polarizing topics.

Harris: Finebaum Says Long’s Next Hire Will Be Most Important Decision in UA’s History

by Jim Harris 10/8/2012 3:42 pm

Paul Finebaum, the Birmingham, Ala.-based national radio talk show host and sports columnist, had plenty of regional targets for his witty jabs Monday in a return visit to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. Finebaum, who last visited the club in 2006 — just before Houston Nutt’s star rose again at Fayetteville and Mike Shula’s fell at Alabama — found plenty to work with just from the weekend, where the clownish John L. Smith finally got a Football Bowl Subdivision win as Arkansas’ head coach at the expense of the beleaguered Auburn head coach, Gene Chizik. Finebaum admitted that Arkansas had “made my life easier since April 1,” when Bobby Petrino had his infamous motorcycle wreck that ultimately led to his firing nine days later.

Jim Harris: Willie Roaf Stands Tall For Pine Bluff, State As NFL Hall Of Famer

by Jim Harris 10/1/2012 3:14 pm

Willie Roaf, the former Pine Bluff Zebra and a recent inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, offered an interesting theory Monday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club as to why he might have been passed over by the Arkansas Razorbacks and other bigger powers and was left to sign with Louisiana Tech in 1988. “The Arkansas Razorbacks were still mad about [quarterback] Eric Mitchel going to Oklahoma,” he said, also adding that another Pine Bluff Zebra, Curtice Williams, had chosen OU, as had Little Rock Parkview star tight end Keith Jackson. So, when the 1987-88 football and basketball seasons rolled around at Pine Bluff, nobody from Arkansas took a look at the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder.

Jim Harris: Once Razorbacks' Smith Realizes Where He Is, He Explains Team’s Plight

by Jim Harris 9/24/2012 5:00 pm

As much as John L. Smith went on Monday about how much he liked Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson, in a pre-luncheon press conference and during his address to the Little Rock Touchdown Club, we find ourselves feeling that way about the Razorback head coach these days. It’s easy to like him as a person. Feel free to scratch your head about the way he coaches or what comes out of his mouth.

[VIDEO] John L. Smith Was Apparently John L. Smith Today At Little Rock TD Club

by 9/24/2012 3:00 pm

John L. Smith is apparently being John L. Smith today at the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

Jim's Notebook: Kingsley Commitment Brightens Bad Day For Hogs; Cowboy Talk At Touchdown Club

by Jim Harris 9/17/2012 2:44 pm

For this old-timer it doesn't seem that long ago, in Arkansas' early years in the Southeastern Conference, that the football Hogs would be regularly trounced by the big boys while the fan base would be anxiously looking forward to basketball season and the upcoming hoops signing day. Those days may be back. In the middle of Arkansas being routed 52-0 by Alabama on Saturday, the one glimmer of hope came from Mike Anderson's basketball program when Moses Kingsley announced his commitment to the hoop Hogs.

Jim's Notebook: Matt Jones Now Settled In Central Arkansas, Talking Razorbacks

by Jim Harris 9/10/2012 3:00 pm

Matt Jones may be the most enigmatic Arkansas Razorback football player of modern times and he made some of the biggest plays in Hog history. And he obviously still captures the fans' imagination. The Embassy Suites ballroom wasn't ready to handle all of the overflow crowd on hand to catch Jones' visit with the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday. No doubt, though, many of the club's membership also wanted to hear what Jones and club president David Bazzel had to say about previously No. 8-ranked Arkansas' stunning loss Saturday to Sun Belt Conference member Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 in overtime.

Jim Harris: Spirit Of Arkansan Bear Bryant Runs Through Schnellenberger’s Veins

by Jim Harris 9/4/2012 3:30 pm

Howard Schnellenberger, now enjoying retirement in Boca Raton, Fla., after his last college football building job ended last season, reveres Paul “Bear” Bryant. The respect is easy to detect simply by listening to the way he goes on, stops, and adds yet another tidbit about the legendary coach, whose staff at Alabama including Schnellenberger in the rip-roaring 1960s, when Bryant returned Alabama to college football dominance.

Jim Harris: Former Southern Cal Coach John Robinson Wins In Little Rock

by Jim Harris 8/27/2012 1:59 pm

Longtime Arkansas Razorback fans no doubt remember when College Football Hall of Famer John Robinson brought his UNLV program to Little Rock and War Memorial Stadium to open the 2001 season. In a game that may have set offensive football back a half-century — and UNLV's offense wasn't all that bad until the Rebels took to the air — Arkansas pulled out a 14-10 win on a Thursday night ESPN telecast. In Robinson's return to Little Rock for Monday's Touchdown Club meeting though, he was clearly the winner.

Jim Harris: Arkansas State's Malzahn Likes What TV Could Mean To Program

by Jim Harris 8/23/2012 3:09 pm

Gus Malzahn won't be taking Mark May's suggestion that he play his Arkansas State starters only briefly in their big-money road trips to Oregon and Nebraska. Malzahn plans to do more than show up, and in the case of Oregon, he hopes to get much positive exposure from the nationally televised game.

Jim Harris: Mark May Talks Lou Holtz, Penn State And What He Expects From Razorbacks

by Jim Harris 8/20/2012 3:18 pm

ESPN college football analyst Mark May covered more subjects in 30 minutes for the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday than most football banquet speakers would manage in a week. With his rapid-fire delivery and his ability to change directions in midthought, May touched on everything the Arkansas football fan would have wanted to know as the Touchdown Club opened its eighth season with a one-off at the Peabody Hotel. May, a former NFL star offensive tackle with the Washington Redskins and a College Football Hall of Fame inductee, described himself Monday as "blunt, truthful and honest." Nothing about college football, however, seemed to hit home with May more than the Penn State scandal.

ESPN's Mark May Kicks Off Little Rock Touchdown Club Aug. 20

by Jim Harris 8/10/2012 8:10 am

ESPN college football analyst Mark May will open the Little Rock Touchdown Club's slate of speakers on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Peabody Hotel ballroom downtown. While May's appearance is set for the Peabody, the remainder off the schedule will be held weekly through the season at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock, starting with former Southern Cal and Los Angeles Rams head coach John Robinson on Aug. 27, followed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, by Howard Schnellenberger, another former college and pro coach who led Miami to the 1983 national championship.

Jim Harris: Starting With Hogs' Tyler Wilson Greenwood Well-Represented in Touchdown Club's Awards

by Jim Harris 1/27/2012 3:31 pm

A pattern becomes evident with just a quick glance at the brief but illustrious history of the Little Rock Touchdown Club's annual awards. Something's in the water in Greenwood. Daniel Stegall, a former Bulldog quarterback who went on to try professional baseball, was honored as his classification's (4A) player of the year in 2005. Tyler Wilson, who just completed his junior season in leading Arkansas to an 11-2 season, was this year's Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as chosen by the club. And Drew Morgan, a junior who led Greenwood to yet another Class 5A state crown, was the 5A player of the year.

Touchdown Club Features 'Media Roundtable' Monday at Clinton Library

by 11/28/2011 10:29 am

ArkansasSports360.com's Jim Harris, the Democrat-Gazette's Wally Hall and KATV, Channel 7 sports anchor Steve Sullivan will be part of a media roundtable discussion the Razorbacks and other football matters in the final Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting of the season Monday.

Jim Harris' Notebook: ESPN's Schlabach Sees Scenario Where Arkansas Razorbacks Are Left Out In Cold

by Jim Harris 11/21/2011 3:42 pm

What kind of college football polling world do we live in now that a No. 3 Arkansas could win Friday at No. 1 LSU and still find itself looking up at both LSU and No. 2 Alabama when the next BCS poll came out? Mark Schlabach, author and ESPN.com columnist, agreed Monday that it doesn't make sense in the way we once viewed college football rankings, but we're in a new day. His fellow ESPN college football writer, Brad Edwards, said as much Sunday that Arkansas could be left out of the BCS mix.

Jim Harris' Notebook: Mangino Ready To Return; Big Week For Central Arkansas

by Jim Harris 11/14/2011 3:37 pm

It's easy for fans who don't follow Kansas Jayhawk football closely to forget just how successful Mark Mangino was in building the program before he was controversially shown the door nearly two years ago. When Arkansas upset top-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge 50-48 in three overtimes in the 2007 regular-season finale, Kansas was sitting one slot behind the Tigers at No. 2 and playing Missouri that same weekend. Mangino's Jayhawks lost their only game of the season to Missouri 36-28, but earned a BSC bowl spot anyway and defeated Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl to start 2008.

Jim Harris' Notebook: Ole Miss' Big Money Boosters Caught On Quickly To Nutt's Way

by Jim Harris 11/7/2011 3:37 pm

The player Houston Nutt needed for the past two years in Oxford, when his fortunes as Ole Miss football coach took a 180-degree turn, was his next Matt Jones. The parallels between Nutt's first four years at Arkansas and at Ole Miss came to a halt Monday with news that this season's final three games will be his last coached as the Rebels' head coach.