Wally Hall is the managing sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, he is a member and past president of the Football Writers Association of America, member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, past president and current executive committee and board member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, and voter for the Heisman Trophy. He has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year 10 times and has been inducted into the Arkansas Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
Like It Is:
Arkansas titans are clashing in fun event
Like discussing who would have won the canceled 2020 NCAA Basketball Tournament, voting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s online Razorbacks NCAA bracket is subjective.
But it’s also fun.
For several days, readers have voted on which of the 28 University of Arkansas teams that made the NCAA Tournament would have fared against each other.
Voting for the semifinals continues through Friday at arkansasonline.com/uabbbracket.
The four left standing are not a surprise.
Three were coached by Nolan Richardson and one by Eddie Sutton. Both coaches are now Naismith Basketball Hall of Famers.
They also are the most instrumental basketball coaches in Razorbacks’ history.
Sutton laid the foundation, and Richardson added a championship level to the program.
Richardson’s 1989-90 team put the Razorbacks back on the national radar.
Sutton’s 1977-78 team beat UCLA in the NCAA Tournament, and that was a statement heard nationwide.
Three of the four remaining teams made the NCAA Final Four, and the other reached the Elite Eight.
One semifinal pits Richardson’s 1993-94 national championship team against the 1994-95 national runners-up, which is basically the same team.
The starting five is the same. The 1994 team beat Duke to win Arkansas’ only national basketball championship, and the 1995 team lost to UCLA in a bid for a repeat.
The other matchup is the 1990-91 Richardson team that made the Elite Eight, which is basically the same team that made the 1990 Final Four. That team was eliminated earlier in the voting by Sutton’s 1977-78 Final Four team.
Richardson’s team featured May-Day, Lee Mayberry and Todd Day; Sutton’s team featured the Triplets, Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer and Marvin Delph.
The bracket game is free, fun and wrapping up fast.
We wore masks for visits to Walmart and Kroger recently.
It was an essential visit.
Yet, we couldn’t get out of there fast enough as too many people were unprotected, talking on their cellphones and ignoring the 6-foot social distancing rule. Less than half wore masks.
As we pulled in the driveway at home, the thought “six or six” came to mind. People can choose to stay 6 feet away from other people or run the risk of contracting covid-19 and being put 6 feet under.
A warning to all who order groceries ahead of time and drive by to get them: Those gathering your groceries are not wearing masks, and most are not wearing gloves.
After you unpack your groceries, immediately wash your hands.
From the category of unsurprising news, it was reported recently that new Mississippi State football Coach Mike Leach had posted a meme on Twitter that offended some.
Enough so that defensive lineman Fabien Lovett has decided to transfer. His dad was quoted as saying he wasn’t comfortable with his son being under that type of leadership.
Lovett was on the First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll, and a force as a sophomore last season on the field.
It is easy to understand why Leach left Washington State for MSU. He seems to wear his welcome out in a few years at his schools.
He’s an extremely intelligent coach, but he gets caught up in off-the-field events that sometimes — at least according to a story that quoted 10 of his former quarterbacks — takes away from game preparation.
When Bobby Mitchell graduated from Langston High in Hot Springs, his only choice to play college football in Arkansas was Arkansas AM&N in Pine Bluff. Tuesday’s column said Arkansas A&M, which was in Monticello.
Have a comment on this story? Join the discussion or start a new one on the Forums.