This year’s Little Rock Touchdown Club speakers are very exciting. Below is this year’s list followed by some of the posts about past speakers.
|Mark May – ESPN
ESPN College Football Analyst teaming with Lou Holtz for the popular College Football Scoreboard. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005, May was a 1st Team All-American and Outland Trophy Winner at Pittsburgh and a 1st round draft choice of the Washington Redskins winning two Super Bowls.
|Coach John Robinson – USC, LA Rams
Former USC Trojan and Los Angeles Rams head coach leading USC to four Rose Bowl wins, a national championship and two final season #2 rankings while taking the Rams to two NFC Championship games and drafting Eric Dickerson as the #1 player in the NFL draft. His UNLV team defeated the Razorbacks 31-14 in the 2000 Las Vegas Bowl then lost the 2001 season opener against the Hogs at War Memorial with 18 seconds remaining in the game. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame 2009.
|Howard Schnellenberger – Former Miami Head Coach
Former University of Miami head coach responsible for laying the groundwork for the most dominant college football program of the 1980’s. Led the Hurricanes to a National Championship behind QB Bernie Kosar in 1983. Played and coached under Bear Bryant and was credited with recruiting Joe Namath to play at Alabama. He also served as the offensive coordinator under Don Shula and the Dolphins during their undefeated 1972 season.
|Matt Jones – Arkansas Razorbacks, Jacksonville Jaguars
One of the most exciting players in Razorback history winning two 7 overtime games, including a victory as a freshman QB over Ole Miss and future NFL Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning. He also had a 60 yard run and 100 total yards rushing in a 38-28 upset of #6 Texas in 2003. At 6’6, 237 pounds and 4.3 speed, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Jones as the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2005 draft.
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|John L. Smith – University of Arkansas Head Coach
Current Razorback head coach, hired in the wake of Bobby Petrino’s firing this past spring. With a career coaching record of 132-86 (.606), Smith has had previous head coaching stops at Idaho, Utah State, Louisville and Michigan State. He began his coaching career as a grad assistant at Weber State in 1971 and was an assistant seventeen years before taking his first top post in 1989 at Idaho. Was named Big 10 Coach of the Year following his first season at Michigan State in 2003.
|Willie Roaf – NFL Hall of Fame Lineman
Newest member of the NFL Hall of Fame, inducted on August 4th. A Pine Bluff native that was at first offered only one college scholarship out of Pine Bluff High School, became an All-American at Louisiana Tech and a first round draft choice of the New Orleans Saints in 1993. His Hall of Fame career with the Saints and Chiefs included 11 selections to the Pro Bowl and placement on the NFL All-Decade Team for both the 1990’s and 2000’s.
|Paul Finebaum – Sports Journalist
Polarizing sports author, columnist, television and radio personality based out of Birmingham, Alabama with a primary focus on SEC sports. Considered one of the most powerful media personalities in the South. He currently serves as the host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network that is heard on more than 30 stations across Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia as well as nationally on Sirius XM Radio.
|Jeff Long – Univeristy of Arkansas Athletic Director
University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director since 2008. Received national attention and acclaim for his handling of the Bobby Petrino firing this past spring. A veteran administrator with more than two decades experience at the division one level. Replaced legendary Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles.
|Mike Slive – SEC Commissioner
Current commissioner of the SEC since 2002. Considered the premier football conference in the country, Slive has overseen six straight national champions in football and billions of dollars in TV agreements for the conference. This will be his second appearance in Little Rock, the last being in 2007.
|Mark Henry – All SWC Razorback Lineman
Two time All SWC offensive lineman for the Razorbacks under Ken Hatfield, leading the Hogs to two consecutive SWC Championships and Cotton Bowls in 1988 and 1989. Henry was a standout lineman at Central High School and his son Hunter is currently one of the top rated high school tight ends in the country, verbally committing to Arkansas this past July. Mark is currently is a pastor on the staff of Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock.
|Clint Conque – UCA Head Coach
Universtiy of Central Arkansas head coach now in his 13th year with the Bears. The winningest coach in the 100 plus year history of the UCA football. In 2012 Conque guided UCA to the playoffs as one of the top programs in the FCS division losing in the second round to Montana. The Bears open the 2012 season against Ole Miss.
|Tom Lemming – National High School Recruiting Expert
National recruiting expert and host of the “Lemming Report” on CBS Sports Network. Travels 50,000 miles per year evaluating the top high school talent in America. Publishes the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report, consider by many to be the “bible” of college football recruiting. Michael Lewis, author of the Blind Side: Evolution of a Game recognized Lemming as the only true national high school football scout in America. Lemming even had a small role as himself in the movie Blind Side
|Gus Malzhan – Arkansas State Head Coach
New Arkansas State head coach coming off a successful career as an offensive coordinator at Arkansas, Tulsa and Auburn where he won the Broyles Award given to the top assistant coach in college football. Coached such notable college playes as Cam Newton, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. One of the top high school coaches in Arkansas history.
Yesterday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting Rex Nelson during his SEC roundup mentioned the popular rumor that got started last week that Houston Nutt had been contacted by Memphis. Of course, at the time Larry Porter had not even been fired. I called someone I knew in Memphis and they told me that [...]
I enjoyed the Little Rock Touchdown Club and have posted a lot about it all fall. I have links below to earlier posts. Yesterday Wally Hall and Steve Sullivan had some good insights. Below are some of the thoughts of Jim Harris that he shared at the lunch. BUILDING THE DEFENSE: How nice it would [...]
Earlier I wrote about where I think Arkansas could win a national championship with just two more wins. Below is a portion of an article by Jim Harris of the website Arkansas 360: AND ON BOBBY: Schlabach, on Arkansas’ coach: “I said when he was hired that Bobby Petrino would make Arkansas a contender for [...]
A few days ago it looked like we would not have the opportunity to play into the national championship game, but now all that has changed. Life is funny that way sometimes. The Arkansas News Bureau reported: “I think we’ll have the opportunity,” Bequette said. “That’s what I believe.” All we got to do is [...]
Earlier I wrote about where I think Arkansas could win a national championship with just two more wins. Below is a portion of an article by Jim Harris of the website Arkansas 360: STILL THERE’S LES AT LSU: Schlabach, in saying that LSU and Alabama are the two best teams in the country, had high [...]
Wally Hall actually said on his radio program on Nov 22, 2011 that the Arkansas v. LSU game on Nov 25, 2011 is the most significant game in razorback history. I have to respectfully disagree. I will agree that it is in the top 5, but I will start a list today of other games [...]
I saw the end of the Tennessee/Vandy game on tv and my brother-in-law went to the game (pictures from him below). I have written about the game earlier on this blog so I will not go into that again. I just wanted to comment on the video clip above. I think it is fine that [...]
Earlier I wrote about where I think Arkansas could win a national championship with just two more wins. Below is a portion of an article by Jim Harris of the website Arkansas 360: What kind of college football polling world do we live in now that a No. 3 Arkansas could win Friday at No. [...]
Mangino at a 2007 KU basketball game Eric Mangino is a fine coach. Here is a portion of an article by Jim Harris: Jim Harris’ Notebook: Mangino Ready To Return; Big Week For Central Arkansas by Jim Harris STRANGE YEAR: Mark Mangino noted the unusual college football season, from six more more teams being in [...]
Mangino at a 2007 KU basketball game Eric Mangino is a very good speaker. Here is a portion of an article by Jim Harris: Jim Harris’ Notebook: Mangino Ready To Return; Big Week For Central Arkansas by Jim Harris 11/14/2011 at 3:37pm It’s easy for fans who don’t follow Kansas football closely to forget just [...]
Uploaded by TheMemphisSlim on Sep 3, 2010 Johnny Majors from Huntland, TN tried out for the UT Football team weighing 150 pounds. His Father, Shirley Majors his HS Coach,encourage him and then 4 younger brothers all to be Vols. Johnny Majors was the runner-up in 1956 for the Heisman Trophy to Paul Horning, on a loosing Notre Dame [...]
Interview with Johnny Majors after 1982 Kentucky game Below is a picture of Lane Kiffin with Johnny Majors. I enjoyed hearing Johnny Majors speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on 11-7-11. He talked a lot about the connection between the Arkansas and Tennessee football programs. It reminded me of what Frank Broyles had said [...]
Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011 Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley reacts as Arkansas scores their seventh touchdown of the night at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Nov. 12, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)
FB: The Best of Johnny Majors at Iowa St I got to hear Johnny Majors talk on 11-7-11 and he talked about the connection that Arkansas and Tennessee had with their football programs. Two years ago I got to hear Frank Broyles speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club and he said that too. As [...]