Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
SDSU's Gwynn won't travel to Arkansas
Tony Gwynn is in his 11th season as San Diego State's head coach.
FAYETTEVILLE San Diego State's Tony Gwynn won't coach or make the trip for this weekend's series at Arkansas, Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn said Wednesday.
"I'm disappointed for him," Van Horn said. "I talked to him two years ago about coming out here and he said he was looking forward to seeing the ballpark. I hope he's OK, but I don't know all the details."
Gwynn, a Pro Baseball Hall of Fame member, has battled a form of oral cancer since taking over as head coach of the Aztecs in 2003. According to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the former Padres all-star outfielder underwent "routine" tests Monday.
"Any day is a good day spent with Gwynn," columnist Jay Paris wrote for the publication. "More so now, with his battles from cancer evident with scars on his face's right side and a left eye which struggles to stay open."
San Diego State's trip to Arkansas is a return from the Razorbacks' trip there two years ago. The four-day series begins Thursday at 6:05 p.m. at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas enters the series on a four-game losing streak, having lost all of its games last weekend at the Coca-Cola Classic in Surprise, Ariz.