Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
UA to honor Final Four teams Saturday
Former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson fires up the crowd during a halftime ceremony in honor of the 1994 NCAA Championship team during a game against Georgia Sunday, March 1, 2009 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas will recognize members from all six of the school's Final Four teams Saturday during the Razorbacks' game against LSU.
Former head coach Nolan Richardson and former players Corliss Williamson, Scotty Thurman, Todd Day, Lee Mayberry, Oliver Miller, Alex Dillard, Jim Counce and U.S. Reed will be among those recognized at halftime. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will also be in attendance, according to a university release.
Clinton, a longtime supporter of the program, will be presented a framed No. 42 jersey as part of the halftime ceremony. Clinton stated in an interview last month on ESPN that he would have a jersey retired at the event, though the university release doesn't indicate any jerseys will be retired or hung from the rafters of Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas played in the Final Four in 1941, 1945, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 1995. The Razorbacks won the NCAA championship in 1994 and were national runner-up the next season.
The game between Arkansas and LSU is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be televised by ESPNU.