FAYETTEVILLE — Paul Haynes didn’t need much time to decide about leaving Ohio State to become Arkansas’ defensive coordinator.
Following a phone call from Razorbacks Coach Bobby Petrino, a simple conversation with his family was all Haynes needed to affirm his desire to coach in the Southeastern Conference and reunite with Petrino, whom he coached alongside in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Haynes was hired at Arkansas on Friday night and introduced Monday. He replaces former defensive coordinator Willy Robinson, who resigned last week.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The stunning allegations that a beloved icon of Penn State’s football team has secretly been a serial molester who used his charity for children to find and groom new victims will undergo their first legal test today inside a picturesque rural Pennsylvania courthouse.
In Bellefonte, Pa., prosecutors will try to prove they have enough evidence to advance the case to county court for trial.
One high school basketball team remained unbeaten and another evened the score with two opponents as the final two rounds of the Lyon College Tournament played out in Becknell Gymnasium this past weekend.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves improved to 14-0 with a 51-43, semifinal victory over the Harding Academy Wildcats on Friday and a convincing 58-35 win over the Cave City Cavemen in the title game on Saturday. It was the second Lyon title for the T-wolves. Their first one came in 2007.
Newport Greyhounds (4-5) vs. Batesville Pioneers (1-5), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Greyhounds got off to a fast start, outscoring the Pioneers 17-7 in the first quarter, and went on to win 46-34 in a semifinal game of the Medallion Classic in Newport on Dec. 1. With Batesville’s last football game being played on Dec. 3, the Pioneers have added several players to the roster since then. They include Wesley Rudd and Jonathan “Kansas” Hendrix, regulars from last season, and Jaron Stigger, Garrett Denton and Eli Childress.
New happenings had the run of Main Street Saturday morning.
The White River Christmas Half-Marathon crowned two new champions in Will Henry and Beverly Smith, and the benefit event included a new race. The 8-kilometer championships went to Shannon Box and Crystal Cossey.
BOSTON — Lewis Carpenter never had any concussions — or at least none that his family knew about back in the 1950s and ’60s, when he played for the University of Arkansas, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers and there wasn’t as much concern over them as there is now.
Still, when he began having trouble late in his life finding the right word, keeping things organized, remembering why he was going to the doctor or controlling his temper, relatives grew concerned.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin has been named Sun Belt Conference player of the year and ASU defensive lineman Brandon Joiner is the conference’s defensive player of the year.
Former Red Wolves coach Hugh Freeze was selected coach of the year after leading ASU to a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 8-0 in conference play. Freeze resigned earlier this week to accept the head coaching job at Ole Miss.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshman Team includes an Arkansas tight end who died last month.
Officials announced Thursday that Garrett Uekman was named the team’s honorary captain.
After a redshirt season in 2010, Uekman played in nine games this season. He died on Nov. 20, Uekman died the day following the Razorbacks’ 44-17 victory over Mississippi State at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Uekman’s hometown.
The win clinched the team’s second straight 10-win season.
FAYETTEVILLE — BJ Young set a career high with 28 points in Arkansas’ 75-62 loss at Connecticut last Saturday, but he didn’t miss a beat when asked what the performance felt like.
“Bad, because we lost,” Young said.
Despite the frustration over the defeat, Young has little else to be rankled about in his first season of college basketball. The 6-foot-3 guard, one of four heralded freshmen recruited by first-year Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson, has quickly emerged as Arkansas’ top offensive option following the season-ending knee injury to Marshawn Powell.
CAVE CITY — Cave City’s schedule of junior and senior high basketball games Monday in Marianna has been changed, announced Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The junior girls game will start, as originally scheduled, at 4 p.m., but will be followed, in order, by the senior girls, junior boys and senior boys contests.
The Batesville Junior High basketball teams kept the beat going in 5A-East District play with a sweep of the Forrest City Colts in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 41-16, the Junior Pioneers won 46-28 and both broke open close games in the fourth quarter.
Batesville’s girls led 10-5, 14-9 and 25-13 at the quarter breaks.
Madison Stave led Batesville with 12 points.
MORRILTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers outscored the Nemo Vista Lady RedHawks 18-6 in the fourth quarter here Thursday night for a 46-43 high school basketball victory in the Northwestern/Modern Woodmen Invitational Tournament.
Hailey Hastings led the winners with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Tess Hurley added 12 points. Tephany Spivey provided three steals.
Batesville led 13-10 after one quarter of play. Nemo Vista led 24-19 and 37-28 at the next two stops.