Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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.
Ball stuck in scoreboard won't be moved
This Twitter photo from Arkansas' coordinator of basketball operations shows where a ball landed above the court at Bud Walton Arena in the final moments of Tuesday's win over Kentucky.
FAYETTEVILLE Add the game ball from Arkansas' overtime win over Kentucky on Tuesday to the legend of Bud Walton Arena.
The ball, which landed in a tarp underneath the scoreboard on an inbounds pass at the end of the game, hasn't been moved since the Razorbacks' 87-85 win. And it won't be.
"We're going to leave it up there," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said Thursday, "kind of as a trivia. People will always look up there and wonder if it's still there."
After Michael Qualls' dunk with 0.2 seconds left gave Arkansas the lead, Kentucky's Aaron Harrison inadvertently threw the ball into the space between the scoreboard and the tarp on an inbounds pass. The tarp has the appearance of a basketball with a Razorbacks logo from floor level.
Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said on Twitter on Wednesday he had been offered $50,000 for the ball. The scoreboard could be lowered to retrieve the ball if desired.