It was a Who’s Who at the 12th annual Arkansas Sportscasters, Sportswriters Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Centennial Special Events Center.
Each man, dedicated to their service for 40-plus years, sportscaster Dave Woodman, sportswriter Nate Allen and longtime Hendrix men’s basketball coach and athletic director Cliff Garrison were honored and inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Woodman, a longtime sportscaster, spoke about his time during his career, starting with his time working at the University of Alabama’s public radio station.
He spoke stories of working as the voice of the Razorbacks in the 1970s, announcing the famed Triplets of Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer and Conway-native Marvin Delph.
Woodman said Moncrief, who was the night’s keynote speaker, may have played a part in his dismissal from the Razorbacks.
Woodman said he was actually fired after a game that was played one night after a snowstorm, which caused the University of Houston men’s basketball team and referees to be snowed in Fayetteville.
“None of the media had left,” he said. "No official was supposed to work two games in a row. During the game, Sidney makes a steal and starts down the floor in the other direction. An opposing player gets in his way and Sidney goes up for a layup. Here’s the call, ‘Sidney Moncrief makes a steal, and breaks away. He’s going up for a layup. It’s good. What do you mean no basket?’
“The official called an offensive foul on Sidney and I couldn’t let it go. I said, ‘You know, it snowed up here and they these officials stay here over the weekend and I bet their snow-blind by now.’ That was not the smartest thing I could have said because about three weeks later, I got a call from [coach] Frank Broyles. He fired me.”
Woodman then went through his career, talking about other ventures he got to see.
Woodman continued to thank his supporters and saying he is blessed to see and work as long as he did.
Woodman was inducted as a sportscaster.
Allen, who currently runs Nate Allen Sports Service and contributes his writing to the Log Cabin, gave thanks to his supporters, colleagues and family.
Allen started in journalism, covering the University of Missouri athletics with the Joplin Globe, which started in 1971.
Allen then got a job, covering the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1973 when he was fresh out of college.
Since 1973, Allen has reported on the Razorbacks, across many outlets, including the Springdale News, the now defunct Arkansas Gazette, Donrey’s newspapers and then, the Nate Allen Sports Service.
Presently, Allen’s stories about the Razorbacks appear in 25 newspapers across Arkansas.
Allen was inducted as a sportswriter.
Cliff Garrison, who started his coaching career at Wynne High School for two years after graduating in 1962.
He then spent seven years as a coach and a teacher at Stuttgart High School, one year as an assistant basketball coach at Henderson State.
Finally, he was hired as the basketball coach at Hendrix for 31 years from 1972 to 2003.
Garrison also spent the final 10 years of his career as the athletic director at Hendrix from 1992 to 2002.
He is the all-time winningest coach at Hendrix College with 463 victories.
When he retired, he was the winningest coach active coach in Arkansas.
He has received numerous recognitions, including the basketball court at Hendrix being named after him.
Garrison received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Three Hall of Famers received a tribute, along with two service award winners, who passed away in the last year, including Broyles, Bill Pate, Jimmy Rodgers, Clyde Scott and longtime Log Cabin sports editor and columnist David McCollum.