FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is staying in college, passing up the NFL with an eye toward helping the Razorbacks become one of the nation’s elite teams.
Mallett announced his decision Friday. He threw for a school-record 3,624 yards this season, leading Arkansas’ young team to an 8-5 record. Mallett’s top wide receivers are expected back next season as well.
“We’re excited. We can’t wait,” Mallett said. “We’ve got a great team still that’s coming back.”
The Cumberland Bulldogs used a strong second half to defeat the Lyon Scots 72-59 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference opener Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
The Scots (3-9, 0-1) led 39-35 at halftime, but watched as the lead evaporated in the second half. Cumberland (4-10, 1-0) tied the game at 47-47 with 14 minutes to play and then took command with a 16-3 run over the next nine minutes. The Scots got as close as eight before taking the 13-point loss.
Stephanie Glover recorded her first career double-double and the Lyon Pipers won their TranSouth Athletic Conference opener Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Glover, a freshman from Cabot, collected 11 points and 13 rebounds as the Pipers downed the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs 60-50. All but three rebounds of that came in the first half.
K.K. Hodges, a junior, just missed her eighth double-double of the season. She threw in a game-high 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Hodges was also credited with two blocked shots.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — LSU Coach Van Chancellor’s 11th-ranked Tigers team showed him something he’d never seen before.
He’d be perfectly happy if he never saw it again either.
“Never in my time as a coach, all the way back to coaching high school have I had a team commit 16 turnovers in a half. “But for whatever reason, it happened tonight.”
Allison Hightower and LaSondra Barrett led LSU with 13 points each to help the Tigers overcome a sloppy first half and beat Arkansas 65-38 Thursday night.
FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is scheduled to hold a press conference this afternoon at 1:30, the UofA said.
It is expected Mallett will announce his decision concerning his option to return to the UofA or enter the National Football League Draft.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore Mallett helped the Razorbacks to an 8-5 record, including a victory in the Liberty Bowl, while setting or matching 16 different school records. He completed 225 of 403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns with just seven interceptions.
HARRISON — The Melbourne Bearkatz moved into the North Arkansas College Invitational Tournament quarterfinals with a much-belated, 68-36 high school basketball victory over the Lead Hill Tigers here Thursday afternoon.
The Melbourne-Lead Hill game was originally scheduled for Monday, rescheduled for Wednesday and postponed again.
Kody Caraway hit five 3-point shots and led Melbourne’s scoring with 19 points. Spencer Caraway added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Dalton Grigg totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds.
SWIFTON — The Corning Lady Bobcats knocked out the last Guard-circulation area team participating in the George Kell Classic here Wednesday, and weather nixed another area team’s tournament game in Harrison.
In Swifton, the Lady Bobcats eliminated the Izard County Lady Cougars 53-34 as Rachel George poured in 21 points. Rachel Harmon scored 15 in a losing cause for the 12-8 Lady Cougars.
Other scores at Swifton saw the Weiner boys defeat Trumann 66-63 and the top-seeded and defending champion Highland girls routed Hoxie 58-35.
Cumberland Lady Bulldogs (6-6) at Lyon College Pipers (9-3), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The new year didn’t start well for the Pipers, and now is the time to get back on track as the TranSouth Athletic Conference season begins. Cumberland (Lebanon, Tenn.) has been off since Dec. 30 when it lost to No. 13 University of the Cumberlands, 67-65. Lyon lost to No. 23 William Woods on Saturday and No. 9 Columbia on Friday.
Bulldogs (3-10) at Scots (3-8), 8
Now we’re getting somewhere.
For nearly two decades, railing against the Bowl Championship Series was like tilting at windmills. The guys who hijacked college football’s postseason in 1992 and kept it through several name changes — Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance — had no reason to budge. They had TV contracts, sponsors aplenty, college presidents, conference commissioners and chambers of commerce in a handful of cities in their pockets. They even had a quasi-secret formula to justify their decisions, backed by computers powerful enough to run NORAD.
LITTLE ROCK — The third quarter wasn’t a good time for Batesville High basketball teams here Tuesday night.
In the opening varsity game, the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins outscored the Lady Pioneers 17-7 and held on for a 44-43 nonconference victory. The Lady Pioneers led 19-18 at halftime
In the nightcap, the Bruins outscored the Pioneers 18-5 and went on to post a 59-52 victory. The score was 29-all at halftime. It was also tied at 11 after one quarter of play.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves flipped the script in the second half to turn an 8-point deficit into a 56-50 win over the Midland Mustangs in 2A-2 District action here Tuesday night.
Midland led 27-19 at halftime and 37-33 at the end of three.
“We started hitting our outside shots,” Cedar Ridge Coach Stephen Gould said. “We pressed them the whole second half and I think that wore them down a little bit. We really didn’t pressure them into turnovers, but we made them work to get the ball down the court. Our bench came in and helped us keep the press going.”
It might be time for John Pelphrey to dust off the red coat.
Pelphrey wore a gaudy red jacket last January while coaching Arkansas to an upset against Texas. Now the Razorbacks have fallen on hard times, and with the rematch against the second-ranked Longhorns coming up tonight in Fayetteville, the Hogs are trying to do what they can to recapture the magic from this time last season.
Pelphrey was noncommittal when asked about his attire.