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AP Source: Arkansas, Morris agree to 6-year contract

Dec 6, 2017
Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Arkansas has hired SMU's Chad Morris to become the school's new football coach.

The 49-year-old Morris agrees to a six-year contract and replaces Bret Bielema, who was fired after a regular-season ending loss to Missouri last month. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been made public yet.

Arkansas hires Houston's Yurachek as athletic director

Dec 5, 2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas ended its nearly three-week search for an athletic director Monday by naming Houston's Hunter Yurachek as the replacement for Jeff Long.

Yurachek's first task will be finding a football coach to replace Bret Bielema, who was fired after the season. Yurachek signed a five-year contract worth $850,000 annually after earning a base salary of $450,000 as athletic director at Houston.

Arkansas State University

This release from the Arkansas State University Department of Athletics:  

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that the Red Wolves have accepted an official invitation to play in the 2017 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. (CT) in an ESPN-televised contest against Conference USA member Middle Tennessee.

The A-State football team is set to make its seventh consecutive and 15th all-time bowl-game appearance, although they will compete in the Camellia Bowl at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., for the first time.

Arkansas fires Bielema moments following Missouri loss

Nov 27, 2017
Bret Bielema
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema was welcomed to Arkansas by thousands of fans during a Razorbacks basketball game, and in return he promised to deliver the school's first Southeastern Conference football championship.

Bielema's exit came with much less fanfare on Friday when the former Wisconsin coach was fired in a tiny corner office of Razorback Stadium — moments after the Razorbacks ended their disappointing season with a 48-45 loss to Missouri .

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Austin Cook was chased by proven PGA Tour winners all day at the RSM Classic.

Now the Arkansas player is one of them.

The PGA Tour rookie held off veterans Brian Gay, Chris Kirk, Kevin Kisner and Brian Harman on Sunday at the chilly, windy Sea Island Club's Seaside Course.

Cook closed with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over J.J. Spaun. The victory in the final PGA Tour event of the calendar year gave Cook a spot in the Masters next year.

With two games left in the Razorback football season, University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long has been let go effective immediately.

The move comes a week after a lengthy meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees where no action was taken against Long. Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz announced Long’s firing in a press release Wednesday.

JONESBORO – The annual Order of the Pack student spirit event is rescheduled to Thursday, Sept. 14, with the University of Miami Hurricanes’ cancellation of this Saturday’s game.

The 21st annual event will now precede what will be the home opener, the game with UAPB on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce has also rescheduled its annual Big Great A-State Tailgate to Friday, Sept. 15, in downtown.

For more details on festivities surrounding Order of the Pack, go online to AState.edu.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — New school enrollment numbers will shake up the classifications used in Arkansas school activities.

The Arkansas Activities Association released school enrollment numbers for the 2018-2020 reclassification cycle on Tuesday. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2pwx9HK), Texarkana will drop down to Class 5A, while Sylvan Hills in Pulaski County will move up to Class 6A.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Residents of a Memphis neighborhood are being told to avoid approaching, detaining or feeding a black bear that's been roaming the area for two days.

Memphis police say officers are looking for the bear, which was seen by people in the Frayser neighborhood in north Memphis on Thursday and Friday.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials are leading the investigation into the bear's whereabouts. Frayser has woods that could attract the bear and allow it to avoid people as it moves through the area.

Dr. Lyn Bayless, who for 20 years was the "Voice of the Lady Indians" at Arkansas State University, passed away on Wednesday in Little Rock.

Bayless was retired Chairman of Speech Communications and Dramatic Arts at A-State, and he was a past president of the Rotary Club of Jonesboro.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 pm at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro.  Bayless was 85.

The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday allowing state universities to prohibit concealed carry license holders from bringing handguns into “collegiate athletic events.” SB724 would also allow the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Arkansas State Hospital to prohibit firearms. The bill passed the House on a 71-20 vote.  A previous version already passed the Senate.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The ASU Red Wolves have a new Men's Basketball head coach.

A-State Football Accepts Cure Bowl Invitation

Dec 5, 2016
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO, Ark. (12/4/16) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Sunday that its Sun Belt Conference champion football team has accepted an official invitation to play in the 2016 AutoNation Cure Bowl presented by Florida Hospital on Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m. (CT), when it will face American Athletic Conference member UCF.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN2 will broadcast the Red Wolves’ final regular-season football game, a Dec. 3 Sun Belt Conference contest at Texas State.

With the addition of national television, the outing at Bobcat Stadium is now set to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (CT).  A-State will be making its second appearance this season on ESPN2, but has also seen three contests televised on ESPNU, one on the SEC Network, one on CBS Sports Network and four on ESPN3.

ESPN 3 to Broadcast A-State Football Game Versus Central Arkansas

Sep 15, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Monday that ESPN3 will broadcast the Red Wolves’ final non-conference football game of the regular season, a Sept. 24 home contest against Central Arkansas that is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

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