Tying up some loose ends on recent developments:
Brad Teague, University of Central Arkansas athletic director, is elated that his institution won a bidding battle to host the 2014 Southland Conference baseball tournament.
All conference schools had a chance to bid on the tournament. UCA won the bid over new member Oral Roberts, a perennial participant in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament.
Host for the annual conference track meet is done on a rotating basis. Because on conference restructuring after the departure of Texas-San Antonio, Texas State and UT Arlington, UCA, originally set to host the meet in 2016, will now host in 2014.
"It’s great to have activities on our campus and we’re excited to showcase our facilities," said Teague.
He said UCA will bid on the SLC softball tourney in 2015.
The Sam Houston State Bearkats don’t figure to be a ho-hum opponent Friday for the University of Arkansas in the Houston Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament.
The Bearkats were a dominant team in winning the SLC regular-season title before losing in the tournament.
A major base of recruiting for Sam Houston State is the Greater Houston area, which produces good high school players in bunches.
And SLC teams regularly play teams for the Big 12 and other major conferences and have been very competitive and have had success against them.
Bottom line is SLC teams are not intimidated by playing teams from major conferences.
According to Barry Gebhardt, athletic director for Fayetteville Public Schools, officials from Fayetteville High School, the University of Arkansas and community leaders worked hard to develop a competitive bid to retain the summer high school all-star games.
The current contract for the all-star games runs out this summer. The Arkansas Activities Association’s Board of Directorss next week is expected to return to games to UCA (where they oirginated but hasn’t had them since 2002) when new contracts are awarded. A variety of factors apparently led to Conway apparently getting the event again but Gebhardt said it wasn’t because Fayetteville officials had lost passion or interest.
"The U of A, Fayetteville Schools, and the City of Fayetteville all worked together for many hours put together a package to keep the games in Fayetteville," Gebhardt said.
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