Tag Archives: George Schroeder

2015 LITTLE ROCK TOUCHDOWN CLUB SPEAKERS INCLUDE Bret Bielema, Peyton Hillis, Felix Jones,Charlie Weis, Tim Brown, Jeff Long, Heath Shuler, Jay Barker, Stephen Jones, Mack Brown, Blake Anderson, Tony Bua, and George Schroeder!

_______________________

Bret Bielema is first speaker in 2015

George Schroeder — USA Today is the last speaker of the year

In an earlier post I praised David Bazzel for the job he did putting together another great lineup of speakers for the Little Rock Touchdown Club in 2015 and today I want to take a look at what Wally Hall thinks about it.

Touchdown Club offers another hefty lineup

By Wally Hall

This article was published today at 2:49 a.m.

Several banks expressed serious interest in being the title sponsor for the Little Rock Touchdown Club after Metropolitan Bank sold to Simmons Bank.

Including Simmons, which wanted to be more than nearby and neighborly. It wanted more than just the great location for its logo every Monday at the luncheons.

It wanted to make the meetings bigger and better, so it offered two things: Money to be the title sponsor, and to help bring in national speakers.

When hundreds met Tuesday in the Simmons Bank lobby on Capitol and Broadway for David Bazzel’s announcement regarding this year’s speakers — one of the best-kept secrets in the country — excitement was everywhere.

Once again Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema will kick off the season. He will speak Monday, Aug. 24, and while many things have been learned about the Arkansas football coach, one of the most obvious is that he intends to win every news conference.

He is enthusiastic, energetic and passionate. He also has a keen wit. The lunch with him will be at the Marriott Hotel ballroom. All other meetings will be at Embassy Suites.

The second meeting will be two former Razorback football greats, former teammates Peyton Hillis and Felix Jones, on Monday, Aug. 31. Both played in the NFL.

The third meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will feature Charlie Weis, the former head coach at Notre Dame and Kansas after serving as offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. He helped them win three Super Bowls.

Bazzel keeps a close eye on big-name coaches who are currently between jobs.

The remainder of the regular meetings will be on Monday, and the season-ending finale, the LRTDC Awards Banquet, will be Thursday, Feb. 11. The speaker for that event will be announced Thursday.

NFL Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown (Sept. 14) will be the fourth speaker. (Bazzel also likes to schedule speakers who won the Heisman).

UA Athletic Director Jeff Long is next, on Sept. 21, and he always brings insight into the entire Razorbacks athletic program and perhaps the college football playoffs.

The former Tennessee quarterback who could throw a football through a brick wall, Heath Shuler, comes in for the seventh week (Sept. 28). Shuler is a businessman these days, but after playing for Tennessee and in the NFL he was a U.S. representative for six years in North Carolina.

Jay Barker, who led Alabama to the 1992 national championship, will speak Oct. 5. Barker also played in the NFL and in Canada, but now he serves as a radio personality in Birmingham, Ala., and is married to country singer Sara Evans.

Stephen Jones, chief operating officer for the Dallas Cowboys, comes to town Oct. 12, and this former Razorback football player and member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame can offer a great perspective on the Cowboys, the NFL and the Razorbacks.

Next up will be former Texas Longhorns coach Mack Brown (Oct. 19). He led the Longhorns to the national championship in 2005. He was asked by several former Longhorns to make this appearance for the James Street Award.

Two highly motivated and interesting coaches come next, starting with Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson (Oct. 26) and then Central Arkansas’ Steve Campbell (Nov. 2).

The next Monday, Nov. 9, will feature the next class to be inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. Tickets will go fast.

All-time leading Razorbacks tackler Tony Bua will be on hand Nov. 16.

The season will wrap up with a personal favorite, George Schroeder, a national college writer forUSA Today. Schroeder is a native of Little Rock, and his first job was at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Membership is open, and dues are just $60. More information is available online at LRTouchdown.com.

Sports on 08/12/2015

Print Headline: Touchdown Club offers another hefty lineup

Rex Nelson impersonates Houston Nutt at LRTC 08 27 12

Published on Oct 2, 2012

Little Rock Touchdown Club has Rex Nelson do the stats for the games played that week. Rex does a lot of impersonations of different people but I like his Houston Nutt the best. Video by Popeye Video – Mrpopeyevideo

______________

Tom Osborne below:

_____________

Little Rock Touchdown Club founder David Bazzel announced the club’s new awards and 2013 speakers Tuesday

Frank Broyles below:

__________

Frank Broyles, Barry Switzer, and Bobby Burnett (L-R) (1965 Cotton Bowl)

Related posts:

Shawn Andrews at Little Rock Touchdown Club

Andrews supports athletes Share on facebook Share on twitter More Sharing Services0 By Jeff Halpern This article was published November 25, 2014 at 2:37 a.m. PHOTO BY JEFF HALPERN Former Arkansas offensive lineman Shawn Andrews was the guest at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Nov. 24, 2014. Comments aAFont Size It’s been 11 years […]

Rocket Ismail does a great job at Little Rock Touchdown Club (with Video of full event)

_______ Little Rock Touchdown Club – November 3, 2014 I really enjoyed the stories that Rocket told about Lou Holtz. I noticed another big crowd today at the lunch when I looked around at the audience. Lou told Rocket to make the play Share on facebookShare on twitterMore Sharing Services0 By Jeremy Muck This article […]

SEC Network Analyst Dari Nowkah said at the Little Rock Touchdown Club that those outside the SEC say the conference is overrated but that obviously is not true!

________ SEC Network Analyst Dari Nowkah said at the Little Rock Touchdown Club that those outside the SEC say the conference is overrated but that obviously is not true!!!! With SEC teams winning seven consecutive national championships in 2006-2012 and having at least one team in each of the past eight BCS Championship Games, Nowkah […]

Lee Roy Jordan does a great job at Little Rock Touchdown Club!!!

___________ Little Rock Touchdown Club – October 6 2014 This is what the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette had to say about Lee Roy: After last season, Alabama lost a three-year starter at quarterback, AJ McCarron, who led the Crimson Tide to national championships after the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and was a fifth-round draft pick of the […]

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Part 4

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Published on Sep 29, 2014 Ed Orgeron speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. ____________________________________ Coach O did a great job speaking at our luncheon on Monday. Former USC, Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron enjoys being with family after years on the road Ed Orgeron, center, is happy to […]

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Part 3

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Published on Sep 29, 2014 Ed Orgeron speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. ____________________________________ I enjoyed hearing Coach Orgeron at luncheon this week. Ed Orgeron covets Kansas job  9h ago Charlie Weis had barely been gone as head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks for 24 hours when former […]

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Part 2

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Published on Sep 29, 2014 Ed Orgeron speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. ____________________________________ I always enjoy going to the Little Rock Touchdown Club and hearing Rex Nelson go through the SEC Roundup of the previous week is usually one of the highlights. He started off by saying: […]

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Part 1

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Published on Sep 29, 2014 Ed Orgeron speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club. ____________________________________ I really enjoyed hearing Ed Orgeron speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club yesterday and Little Rock native George Schroeder got to interview him afterwards and his is the result below. Ed Orgeron, college […]

Charlotte Jones Anderson did a great job at Little Rock Touchdown Club!!!

________________ I really enjoyed hearing Jerry Jones’ daughter speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club this week. Like it is Savvy Anderson graces Jerry’s Cowboys Share on facebookShare on twitterMore Sharing Services1 By Wally Hall This article was published September 23, 2014 at 2:31 a.m. Comments aAFont Size Looks like Jane, plays like Tarzan. Charlotte […]

Evangelical Mike Singletary to speak at Little Rock Touchdown Club Today!!!!

___________ Today downtown at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Mike Singletary is speaking.  Mike Singletary: Christ Means Everything – CBN.com SPORTS Mike Singletary: ‘Christ Means Everything’ By Shawn BrownThe 700 Club CBN.com – Mike Singletary spent 12 seasons as a key member of the celebrated Chicago Bears defense of the 1980s. This NFL Hall of […]

____________________

Advertisements

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron Part 1

Little Rock Touchdown Club Ed Orgeron

Published on Sep 29, 2014

Ed Orgeron speaks to the Little Rock Touchdown Club.

____________________________________

I really enjoyed hearing Ed Orgeron speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club yesterday and Little Rock native George Schroeder got to interview him afterwards and his is the result below.

Ed Orgeron, college football free agent, wants back in

75 110LINKEDIN 3COMMENTMORE

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The coach is roaring again. Ed Orgeron is expounding on his keys to running a successful college football program, pounding his fist for emphasis, when he comes to another important point:

“Cookies!”

Everyone laughs. But Orgeron is not kidding.

“There weren’t any cookies on the menu,” he says. “I fed ’em cookies the first night — they ate 500!”

In his mind, adding treats to the training table was an essential piece of changing the vibe at USC last season, a factor in the Trojans’ dramatic turnaround under his leadership after Lane Kiffin was fired.

During an appearance Monday at the Little Rock Touchdown Club — coincidentally, exactly a year after Orgeron was named the Trojans’ interim head coach — he made it clear that he wants to coach again. His rambling speech, peppered with anecdotes, delivered in that familiar, gravelly Cajun drawl, could easily have served as a pitch to an athletic director or a search committee.

Maybe because that’s essentially what it was.

“You send a message out every time you speak,” Orgeron told USA TODAY Sports afterward.

The message then, with Kansas and SMU already open — with others sure to open soon — is this: Orgeron is available, a candidate with head-coaching experience, serious recruiting chops and the ability to fire up, well, just about anybody.

“I have a lot of good stories to tell,” he says to the crowd, but then adds: “I’ve been out of work eight months, and somebody asks me, ‘Coach, I’ll bet you can’t wait to get back to work! What are you missing?’ I told him:

“‘I can’t wait to be the boss of something again. Somebody’s gonna listen to me — you married men understand what I’m talking about.”

And then, Orgeron launches into the story of how he caught his first big break, way back in 1986, with a phone call that came while he was “shoveling shrimp” back home in Louisiana. Did he want to become an assistant strength coach at Arkansas?

“I threw that shrimp shovel into the bayou,” he says, “and then I asked, ‘Where’s Arkansas?’ ”

A few minutes later, while explaining his philosophy on recruiting, Orgeron says: “You’ve got to recruit the mama — and I’m good at that.”

Everyone laughs again. And over the next 40 minutes or so, it’s obvious the audience in the hotel banquet room understands what Orgeron is talking about.

“Look, everything happens for a reason,” he says, referring to the USC job he wanted on a permanent basis, but didn’t get. “Right now I don’t know what that reason is, why I didn’t become a head coach. But I’ll soon find out. I believe that.”

Kansas? You bet he’s interested.

“It’s a Power Five (job),” he told USA TODAY Sports. “(Mark) Mangino went 12-1 and went to the Orange Bowl. It’s in a great conference. His staff proved that you can do it.”

And if the program is mired at the bottom of the Big 12? So what?

“It’s a challenging job,” he said. “But most jobs you get, there’s gonna be some things you’re gonna have to fix.”

Until Orgeron gets that chance somewhere, he’ll wait, back home in Mandeville, La. He says it’s been good to be able to spend time with his wife and three sons, who have lived there since he spent the 2008 season with the New Orleans Saints. But the challenge has been to stay busy enough to avoid going stir-crazy.

Take last weekend. Orgeron watched his son Parker play for Mandeville High — “eight receptions for 103 yards,” he notes. He got to the game really early, because he loves soaking up the atmosphere. But also because he misses the game.

The offseason was the worst. After 27 years on a coach’s calendar — the majority of those as an assistant, with multiple recruiting trips — the free time was, well, “boring.” And if August, when preseason camps started and he didn’t, was tough, the season has been almost a respite.

After the Friday night lights, Orgeron got in a workout Saturday morning, then grilled steaks for a family football feast. He flipped channels all day long, from one game to another. Late that night — he would not miss it — he watched USC’s win against Oregon State. Sunday, it was church, then the NFL. And then it was back to the weekdays.

“Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday can get a little sluggish,” he says.

His three-year stint as head coach at Ole Miss from 2005-07 didn’t go well — 3-8, 4-8, 3-9, with only three SEC wins. But last season, after Kiffin’s departure, he led the Trojans to six wins in their final eight games.

“We had an unbelievable turnaround,” he says, and it was so good, he sincerely believed he might get the job. When it went to Steve Sarkisian, Orgeron went home to Mandeville.

“Really, not getting the job for me was like a divorce or a death in the family,” he says a few moments later. “It was something you’ve kind of just got to get over, you know? I am now, in a positive way — but it just took a little while.”

Orgeron says he learned plenty from mistakes made his first time around as a head coach, when he went in with the hard-charging, ultra-aggressive mentality of a defensive line coach. The story might be apocryphal, but it’s been told often that in an early team meeting with the Rebels, he tore off his shirt.

“I don’t do that anymore,” Orgeron says. “It was a little too much.”

Instead, when Orgeron convened the players and staff at USC after Kiffin was let go, he had everyone play tug-of-war. Really. The offensive line squared off against the defensive line. Running backs against linebackers. Receivers against defensive backs. And then, the school’s administration took on the football coaches.

Orgeron asked each group: “Who won?” And then he asked everyone to grab hold of the rope and pull in the same direction.

For eight games, the Trojans seemed to do just that. After an upset of Stanford at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the crowd stormed the field.

“I believe I put my résumé out on the TV those last eight games,” he says. “They know who I am and what I’ve done.”

It was more than cookies. Orgeron says he’s learned to treat players like sons, and that he’s also determined to treat assistants with respect, loosening their schedules to allow for free time. There’s more, but his approach might best be distilled to three simple sentences: “Play with energy. Have fun. Loosen up.”

While he waits, Orgeron seems to be living the message he’s preaching.

“I’m 53,” he says. “I’m full of fire. I’m ready to go again.”

Anybody listening is probably ready, too.

Related posts:

Mark May did a great job at Little Rock Touchdown Club on 9-2-14!!!!

________ Little Rock Touchdown Club – September 2, 2014 Published on Sep 3, 2014 ESPN’s Mark May addresses the Touchdown Club _______________ Mark May was asked about the toughest players that he played against and he said they both were NFL Hall of Famers and he got to play them in college too and they […]

Wally Hall discusses the 2014 lineup of Little Rock Touchdown Club Speakers!!!

LRTDC scores big with who’s who of speakers Share on facebookShare on twitterMore Sharing Services1 By Wally Hall This article was published August 7, 2014 at 3:26 a.m. PHOTO BY RICK MCFARLAND David Bazzel, president of the Little Rock Touchdown Club, announces the club’s lineup of speakers Wednesday in the lobby of the Simmons Tower […]

Little Rock Touchdown Club Speakers announced for 2014 (My list of favorite past speakers listed too)

  Rex Nelson impersonates Houston Nutt at LRTC 08 27 12 Published on Oct 2, 2012 Little Rock Touchdown Club has Rex Nelson do the stats for the games played that week. Rex does a lot of impersonations of different people but I like his Houston Nutt the best. Video by Popeye Video – Mrpopeyevideo […]

Mitch Mustain does a fine job at 10-14-13 Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 6

Mitch Mustain I really enjoyed hearing Mitch speak at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on 10-14-13 and he did a great job. I really liked the story he told about always dreaming about playing for the Razorbacks when he grew up and constantly listening to Paul call the games on the Razorback Radio Network. Paul […]

Mitch Mustain does a fine job at 10-14-13 Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 5

2005 Springdale Bulldogs Arkansas State Champs I thought that Mitch Mustain did a great job at the Little Rock Touchdown Club the other day and he came across as humble. He was part of one of the most talented Arkansas teams ever assembled. I give Houston Nutt credit for bringing together players like Peyton Hillis, […]

Mitch Mustain does a fine job at 10-14-13 Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 4

2010: Notre Dame vs. USC Below in this article you will see that Mitch Mustain did not say it was wrong to pull him. I am glad that he did not say that because we were winning with him but it was because we had the best two running backs that ever played together. He […]

Mitch Mustain does a fine job at 10-14-13 Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 3

USC QB #16 Mitch Mustain Highlights 2010 I remember thinking that Arkansas’ best victory in 2006 was over the ranked Tennessee Vols in Fayetteville. It was a very exciting game and Arkansas held on at the end and won. Mitch Mustain actually did not play in that game. That was the first game that he […]

Mitch Mustain does a fine job at 10-14-13 Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 2

Notre Dame USC 2010 Football Highlights Mitch said that he went to USC because he thought that they were great at developing NFL quarterbacks and he did not like the direction the hogs offensive was headed. He had been promised that the offensive would become more open but that did not happen and that is […]

Mitch Mustain does a fine job at 10-14-13 Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 1

Mitch Mustain – Fighting Back From a Fumble I was very pleased with Mitch Mustain’s talk at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on 10-14-13.  There was a time for questions and someone asked the question that I wanted answered: “What do you think of Lane Kiffin?” Mitch said that some coaches are excellent at knowing […]