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Mark May at Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 1

Reggie Herring is featured in this video above about the 1980 Florida St victory over Pitt.

Mark May did a great job at the first Little Rock Touchdown Club meeting of the year. Jim Harris of Arkansas Sports 360 did a good article on it and I agree with what Wally Hall wrote on his blog about the meeting:

Mark May, college football studio analyst for ESPN, spoke at the Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon today and was very direct in his remarks, including the BCS National Championship game.

He said Southern Cal will play it, not because they are that good — he even said they are over-rated and don’t have enough depth, especially on defense — but because of their schedule.

He predicted they would play the winner of the SEC West for the championship and that Alabama will school them.

He said the Razorbacks have a chance to have a special team but they won’t be favored against Alabama or LSU at home, and not on the road at South Carolina.

In my opinion, going into the ninth year of the LRTC, Mark May was one of the best speakers ever.

I got to see Mark May play in 1980 against Tennessee in Knoxville and they had their way with the Vols that day 30-6.

I went with my Vol relatives uncle Blythe and Mack Hatcher. We sat in the season ticket seats that they had over 40 years. It was funny that so many people around them were so used to who sat where that many of them would come up and introduce themselves to me since they knew I was a vistor to this game. Another thing I noticed was that the fans got their earlier than any other fans I had noticed before. Many had traveled from all over the state to get there and it as an all day event.

After losing just by 1 to eventual national champion Georgia Bulldogs and by 3 in a miracle comeback to top ten USC, I thought that Tennessee would come back and play well against Pitt but it did not work out that way.

Probably it something to do with Pitt having Dan Marino, Russ Grimm, Tim Lewis, Hugh Green, Rickey Jackson, John Hendrick, Jimbo Covert, Mark May, Jim Sweeney, and Carlton Williamson on the roster.

Jackie Sherrill was the coach of the Pitt Panthers and Johnny Majors was Tennessee’s coach. Both Majors and Sherrill had coached together under Frank Broyles at Arkansas and Majors had taken Sherrill with him to Iowa State when he got that job and then on to Pitt where they won a national championship in 1976.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 13 1:30 PM Boston College #3 Pitt StadiumPittsburgh, PA ABC W 14–6   44,820
September 20 2:30 PM at Kansas #5 Memorial StadiumLawrence, KS   W 18–3   41,300
September 27 1:30 PM Temple #6 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA   W 36–2   47,071
October 4 1:30 PM Maryland #6 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA   W 38–9   47,409
October 11 7:00 PM at #11 Florida State #4 Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL   L 22–36   52,894
October 18 1:30 PM West Virginia #11 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA (Backyard Brawl)   W 42–14   55,130
October 25 2:00 PM at Tennessee #12 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN   W 30–6   94,008
November 1 3:30 PM at Syracuse #11 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY ABC W 43–6   50,243
November 8 1:30 PM Louisville #9 Pitt Stadium • Pittsburgh, PA   W 41–23   47,280
November 15 1:30 PM at Army #8 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY   W 45–7   31,150
November 22 1:00 PM at #5 Penn State #4 Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ABC W 14–9   82,459
December 29 9:00 PM vs. #18 South Carolina #3 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC W 37–9   72,297
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time Zone.


[edit] Team Players drafted into in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Hugh Green Defensive End 1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Randy McMillan Running Back 1 12 Baltimore Colts
Mark May Tackle 1 20 Washington Redskins
Rickey Jackson Linebacker 2 51 New Orleans Saints
Greg Meisner Defensive Tackle 3 63 Los Angeles Rams
Carlton Williamson Defensive Back 3 65 San Francisco 49ers
Russ Grimm Center 3 69 Washington Redskins
Bill Neill Defensive Tackle 5 115 New York Giants
Benjie Pryor Tight End 5 120 Cincinnati Bengals
Lynn Thomas Defensive Back 5 121 San Francisco 49ers
Jerry Boyarsky Defensive Tackle 5 128 New Orleans Saints
Rick Trocano Quarterback 11 292 Pittsburgh Steelers


[edit] Awards and honors

Petrino upset with Miles over field goal

I remember when USC beat Arkansas 70 to 17 back in 2005. The score was 49 to 7 in the first half and USC could have made it 100 to 7 if they wanted to but they put in their subs in the 3rd quarter. However, Wally Hall said they ran up the score because they threw a pass in the 4th quarter. At the time I said that what Arkansas needed to do was build a championship team and take care of USC on the field. Complaining about the other team scoring does no good. It seemed to me that the same thing happened yesterday between Petrino and Miles.

A little story about that game in LA between USC and Arkansas. My friend Sherwood Haisty had recently moved out there and he got a ticket to the game. After USC scored on the opening drive, Arkansas was able to tie the score 7 to 7 and my friend called me from the stadium. We rejoiced together that Arkansas was rising to the occasion. However, needless the say, that was the last time we visited on the phone that night.

I am disappointed that we lost but we should not be unrealistic. I personally was pleased that in Houston Nutt’s 10 years that we actually were SEC West Champs three times. In November in 1998 and 2006 we were still in the national championship conversation. Last year we were leading #1 Alabama in the 4th quarter and the same could be said about our game with eventual national champ Auburn. This year we played ourselves into position to possibly win the national title by the time we had finished the first 11 games this year. I am very proud of our razorbacks.


Below is from Orlando newspaper:

Bobby Petrino, Les Miles have a testy postgame handshake | Video
SEC, college football— posted by matt murschel on November, 25 2011 7:03 PM

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino is not a happy camper.

After watching his team jump out to a 14-0 lead over top-ranked LSU, the Razorbacks watched as the Tigers ran away with a 41-17 win.

With a BCS bid clearly on his mind, LSU coach Les Miles continued put the foot on the gas and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to put away Arkansas.

Petrino didn’t quite see it that way and made his point know several times during the game. So much so, that CBS announcers Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist both pointed it out during the broadcast.

At one point, Petrino pointed to Miles across the field and voiced his displeasure with what I am sure he thought was running up the score.

The postgame handshake between Miles and Petrino was short and sweet to say the least.

Picture below from Arkansas Times Blog.

The impossible dream

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