This morning, I brewed some coffee, put on a sweat shirt, and made the mistake of checking into a Red Wolves message board, where I learned that a member of the Arkansas State Board of Trustees (whose name I won’t mention) devotes a significant portion of his social media trumpeting the athletics accomplishments of a school located in the Ozarks. That’s a real bummer.
I know, y’all: the Red Wolves have hammered us with disappointment while the Ozark school is experiencing a bit of an athletics Renaissance. It grates! It burns! Life sucks! But contrary to public opinion we’re not dead, people. Red Wolves are taking a breath, and we will find our stride once again. Until that time, we must pluck for the darkness every particle of light necessary to sustain our life force. Look upon this hastily written post as your sherpa to enlightenment.
The NCAA National Bowling Tournament Selection Shows is March 30
Yeah, Red Wolves Bowling are once again a top ranked program and has a legit shot of bringing a NCAA Natty to Jonesboro. The NCAA is polite about streaming the show (and the Tournament), which will give us a good roadmap to who A-State’s gotta beat when the Tournament starts on April 15. Who’s got bowling chops? Here’s every national bowling champion since 2004.
Red Wolves Football Spring Game is April 23rd
Butch Jones and his new staff have put together the best recruiting class in A-State’s history, and many of those guys will be on the turf for the Spring Game. Jones has been low-key so far this Spring, taking an all business approach. The Spring Game will be the first clue for fans as to how the quarterback position is shaping, if the new additions to defense are making a difference, and what about that new kicker?
Daedrick Cail is Batting a Very Wade Boggs-like .362
There’s isn’t much about Red Wolves baseball to cheer about, but Cail is 11th in the Sun Belt for batting, so this Freshman’s at-bats give you at least one reason to visit The Tom this spring. Cail is a Marion product who was ranked the #1 third baseman in the state by Prep Baseball Report, which kinda gives me hope for the future. In the meantime, let’s go find some pockets to fund the program.
Norchad Omier is Coming Back, Baby
After fretting that the poaching of the Sun Belt Player (and Defensive Player) of the Year by any number of entities was eminent, Norchad Omier firmly re-committed to Mike Balado and Arkansas State while expressing a depth of loyalty to the University that should have shamed the majority of us.
Izzy Higginbottom is Coming Home to Arkansas State
Freshly minted women’s basketball head coach Destinee Rogers wasted zero time in dropping jaws by prying Batesville superstar Izzy Higginbottom from Missouri. Coming out of high school, Higginbottom ranked as the #20 point guard in the 2021 ESPN/HoopGurlz National Recruiting Rankings, and would average 6.0 points per game in 18.4 minutes as a Tiger. Now she brings some NEA flavor back to the Red Wolves.
PHOTO CREDIT: It is mine.