When Hawgball Ruled in Little Rock and Pine Bluff

The Hogs sure had some good times in Pine Bluff.

The Hogs sure had some good times in Pine Bluff.

Researching for this Sporting Life Arkansas piece on the Great Stadium Debate, I realized it’s been 20 years since the Razorback basketball team stopped playing in Little Rock and Pine Bluff.

Starting in 1977, Arkansas played at least one regular season game in Pine Bluff and one in Little Rock.

Below are the results of those games.

In this span, Arkansas was 28-2 in Pine Bluff.

In Little Rock, Arkansas was 33-4.

1977-1978
Miss St. @ LR W 94-61
Hofstra @ PB W 95-70

1978-79
So. Miss @ PB W 93-79
Memphis @ LR W 82-69
N. Texas @ LR W 96-71

1979-80
Ole Miss @ LR W 67-59
LSU @ LR L 56-55
Kansas State @ PB L 66-57
Northeast La. @ PB W 74-51

1980-81
Eastern Ky. @ LR W 80-74
So. Miss. @ PB W 76-68
Nebraska @ LR W 64-52
Alaska-Anchorage @ PB W 92-58

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Basil Shabazz Memories: An Unexpected Christmas Gift

I don’t believe in Santa Claus anymore, so I no longer expect to wake up on Christmas morning with treats stuffed in my stocking.

I do, however, believe in longtime Arkansas sportswriter Walter Woodie. And Woodie recently left an email in my inbox that made me smile as much as any snow-dusted Snickers bar from the North Pole could have.

He sent me the following game report from an Arkansas high school football final in 1990. I consider the game’s star, Basil Shabazz, to be an Arkansas version of Bo Jackson. This game represented his finest moment:

Shabazz Texarkana REAL

 

 

 

 

Here are some immediate impressions:

1. Texarkana quarterback Mike Cherry would end up as a highly touted freshman for the Arkansas Razorbacks. As Barry Lunney’s perpetual backup, however, he never could carve out consistent paying time. Houston Nutt, then a UA assistant, coached him at the start of his college career. In 1993, Nutt left to become head coach of Murray State. Two years later, Cherry transferred to that same Kentucky school and led Nutt’s teams to two conference titles.

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