Serving up another batch of David’s Appetizers, assorted musings and observations on the sports scene:
Former Hendrix star Lawson Pilgrim, who is a motivational speaker based out of the Dallas area, provided this information on the son of a former teammate at Conway High (Leroy McClure), who is also now based in the Metroplex.
King McClure, Leroy’s son, was recently selected as Newcomer of the Year on the Dallas Morning News’ All-Area Basketball Team. McClure, a 6-foot-3, freshman guard from Triple A Academy, averaged 22.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists for a team composed of only freshmen and sophomores that went 25-8 against 4A and 5A schools. He is rated as one of the top freshmen in the nation.
Triple A Academy will join the University Athletic League (the Texas equivalent of the Arkansas Activities Association, next year as a 1A school. The school, which will add grades 11-12 this fall, provides an academic atmosphere for gifted, traditional students as well as at-risk children.
King McClure is a grandson of Mrs. Leroy McClure Sr. of Conway.
The 71-year-old Hall of Fame coach who has guided teams to both NCAA and NBA titles is the new men’s basketball coach at SMU. He’ll lead the Mustangs into Big East competition next year.
Good for him.
Brown has continued to be active and a student of the game with a passion for coaching. He still has a lot to give.
I recently read an article in which 80-year-old veteran newsman Bill Moyers said the late icon Walter Cronkite told him that if he had a do-over, he wwould have never retired.
More and more older Americans are discovering that — when you are doing something you love, are talented at it, have their health and have something to offer — it may be best to keep going.
It keeps you young.
The University of Arkansas is not the only institution that has had off-field drama this year.
Things have not gone well in the football offseason for the University of Montana, which eliminated the University of Central Arkansas last year in the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.
Head coach Robin Pflugrad and Jim O’Day, athletic director, were fired last month for reasons that were unstated.
The action was believed to be the result of a series of incidents in which some Montana football players were allegedly involved in several off-field incidents, including several sexual assaults and attempt assaults.
Mick Delaney, 69, has come out of retirement to coach the Grizzlies and will apparently hold the interim position through the upcoming season while the search ensues for a fulltime replacement.
Montana, one of the Mount Rushmore football programs of NCAA FCS, has the tradition, the fan base and the atmosphere to attract a good coach and to right the ship.