Past Little Rock Touchdown Club meetings (Part 3)

This year’s Little Rock Touchdown Club speakers are very exciting and I am really excited about the first one being Mark May. Below that are some of the posts about past speakers. Here is an article from Arkansas Sports 360 on the lineup of speakers:

ESPN’s Mark May Kicks Off Little Rock Touchdown Club Aug. 20




8/9/2012 at 5:58pm

ESPN's Mark May opens the 2012 Little Rock Touchdown Club speaker schedule on Monday, Aug. 20.

ESPN’s Mark May opens the 2012 Little Rock Touchdown Club speaker schedule on Monday, Aug. 20.

ESPN college football analyst Mark May will open the Little Rock Touchdown Club’s slate of speakers on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Peabody Hotel ballroom downtown.

Club president David Bazzel and Lunsford Bridges, president and CEO of Metropolitan National Bank, the 9-year-old club’s chief sponsor for the past 8 years, revealed the list of Touchdown Club speakers on Thursday afternoon.

While May’s appearance is set for the Peabody, the remainder off the schedule will be held weekly through the season at the Embassy Suites in west Little Rock, starting with former Southern Cal and Los Angeles Rams head coach John Robinson on Aug. 27, followed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, by Howard Schnellenberger, another former college and pro coach who led Miami to the 1983 national championship.

All other meetings other than Sept. 4 will be held on Mondays.

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith will speak on Sept. 24, and Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn is schedule for a Nov. 19 date. Veteran UCA coach Clint Conque returns on Nov. 5.

Other names highlighting the lineup are former Razorback quarterback Matt Jones (Sept. 10); recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee Willie Roaf on Oct. 1; former Razorback All-Southwest Conference lineman Mark Henry, father of UA commit Hunter Henry, on Oct. 29; and national recruiting expert Tom Lemming on Nov. 12.

Controversial Alabama media personality Paul Finebaum, whose radio show is carried daily on satellite radio, returns for a Touchdown Club visit on Oct. 8. Finebaum addressed the club in 2006 to a full house and lived up to his acerbic reputation with club members, particularly during the question-and-answer session.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive is set for an Oct. 22 visit.

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long speaks on Oct. 15.

“The 2012 speaker lineup shows again why the Little Rock Touchdown Club is considered one of the top clubs in America,” Bazzel said. “Even though we don’t have a Division One FBS program in Little Rock, the amazing support of our sponsors and membership allow us to bring in some of the top names in football from across the country. Entertaining football talk on Mondays throughout the season has become a tradition for our club and central Arkansas and the diversity of speakers this year means the tradition will continue in a big way.”

Touchdown club membership is $50 per year for all returning and new members. Exclusive “50-Yard Line” membership, which allows priority banquet seating plus a photo taken with each week’s speaker, is $250. Weekly lunches are $15 for returning members and $25 for guests. The Touchdown Club is also introducing the “Business Membership,” a $1,800 membership for four people who will receive lunches and admission to all 14 meetings as well as priority seating, plus a photo with the weekly speaker. For $2,250, six individuals may receive all the same benefits of the Business Membership.

The LRTDC will continue to recognize a top high school player weekly.

Here’s a glance at some of the speakers:

* Mark May is an ESPN College Football Analyst teaming with Lou Holtz for the popular College Football Scoreboard program.  Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2005, May was a first team All-American and Outland Trophy Winner at Pittsburgh and a 1st round draft choice of the Washington Redskins, and was part of two Super Bowls.

* John Robinson, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009, led USC to four Rose Bowl wins, a national championship and two final season No. 2 rankings and took the Rams to two NFC Championship games. He also coached UNLV and handed the Razorbacks a 31-14 loss in the 2000 Las Vegas Bowl.

* Howard Schnellenberger laid the foundation for the successful Miami Hurricanes in the 1980s, worked for Bear Bryant in the 1960s and for Don Shula and the Miami Dolphins as offensive coordinator on the 1972 undefeated NFL champions.

* Tom Lemming is a national recruiting expert and host of the “Lemming Report” on CBS Sports Network. Lemming travels an estimated 50,000 miles per year evaluating the top high school talent in America and publishes the Tom Lemming Prep Football Report, considered by many to be the “bible” of college football recruiting.

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