Hansen Bowl on TV

Ive received a lot of questions about TV coverage.  You’ll have to check your local listings for what channel and time it will air.  Cox Sports Network will be covering it, but it will air on Thursday. 


Hansen Bowl

Reception starts this evening. I’m looking forward to a great weekend and competitive game.

Malzahn to be Named Head Football Coach at Arkansas State

For Immediate Release:  December 14, 2011

Arkansas State University

Contact: Jerry Scott (870-972-3405)

JONESBORO (12/14/11) – The Arkansas State University Department of Athletics will hold a 3:30 p.m. press conference today, announcing Gus Malzahn as the Red Wolves’ 28th head football coach. The press conference will be held on the ASU?campus at the Convocation Center auditorium.

A name highly recognized throughout Arkansas and the nation, Malzahn comes to Arkansas State after serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn for the past three seasons.  A native of Ft. Smith, Malzahn was named the winner of the 2010 Frank Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate assistant coach. 

While at Auburn, he coached 2010 Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and helped direct the Tigers to the 2011 BCS National Championship.  Under Malzahn’s direction, Newton later became the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after producing one of the best single-season quarterback performances in collegiate history.  Newton threw for 2,908 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,586 yards and an additional 20 touchdowns as Auburn finished 14-0 and defeated Oregon 22-19 in the BCS title game.

Before coaching at Auburn, Malzahn spent two seasons at Tulsa, coordinating a Golden Hurricane offense that finished first nationally in total offense in 2007 and 2008.  Prior to his time at Tulsa, he coached one season at Arkansas, where he served as offensive coordinator, coached Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden and helped the Razorbacks finish fourth nationally in rushing offense at 228.5 yards per game.

Leading up to his time at Arkansas, Malzahn spent 14 years as a high school head coach in his home state, winning three state championships while directing seven teams to the title game.

Malzahn will be recognized at halftime of tonight’s ASU-Seattle men’s basketball game.  Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Those attending the afternoon press conference should enter at the Convocation Center’s lower red entrance to gain access to the auditorium.    The press conference is open to working media and the public.


Jerry Scott
Arkansas State University
Asst. AD / Sports Information Dir,
870-972-3405 (office)
870-243-6021 (cell)

UAA Football-Playing Members Receive Affiliate Member Status in Presidents’ Athletic Conference and Southern Athletic Association

The University Athletic Association is pleased to announce the acceptance of its four footballplaying members as affiliate members in the sport of football in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the Southern Athletic Association.

Carnegie Mellon University and Case Western Reserve University will join the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) as football affiliate members beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. The University of Chicago and Washington University will join the newly-formed Southern Athletic Association as affiliate members in the sport of football beginning with the 2015 season.

As a result of the cooperative efforts of the three conferences the four UAA schools will continue to play each other once they begin their affiliate memberships. Carnegie Mellon, Case, Chicago, and Washington will continue as full members of the University Athletic Association.

“We have been working hard for several years to address the challenges of maintaining a consistent, reliable football schedule against institutions with similar academic and athletic standards and program philosophies given that we have four football-playing members,” commented UAA Executive Secretary Dick Rasmussen. “The affiliation of our members with the PAC and SAA is a win-win for everyone, especially our student-athletes. These affiliations will provide our institutions and our student-athletes the kind of consistent and challenging football schedule we have been seeking.”

The members of the UAA currently play a coordinated football schedule with members of the North Coast Athletic Conference in which members of both conferences fill most of the nonconference dates in each other’s respective schedules. That unique agreement began in 2008 and will continue through the 2012 season when the NCAC, recently expanded to ten members, will move to a full, round robin schedule.

“I know Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve, Chicago, and Washington are honored to be affiliated with the PAC and the SAA as football-playing members,” stated Rasmussen, “All four institutions bring storied football histories with them and will contribute strongly to the positive, overall athletic experiences of the PAC and SAA student-athletes, as they have always done within the UAA.”

East Mississippi Lions nab 2011 JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 national football title in final team rankings

SCOOBA – Just over a week removed from earning their first national championship on the football field, the Lions of East Mississippi Community College are now also being recognized as this year’s national junior college football champions in the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 National Junior College Rankings.

In its seventh season of existence, the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 National Junior College Rankings include the NJCAA-affiliated member football teams across the country as well as the highly successful programs associated with the talent-laden California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). 

On the heels of their 55-47 El Toro Bowl win over previously unbeaten Arizona Western College in this year’s NJCAA Football Championship Game, played Dec. 3 in Yuma, Ariz., head coach Buddy Stephens’ 12-0 EMCC Lions earned JCGridiron.com’s top nod over No. 2 City College of San Francisco.  The CCSF Rams, a perennial powerhouse in the CCCAA, most recently claimed a 52-42 win over Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) this past Saturday in the CCCAA State Championship Game.

“At the end of the day, it was a very tough decision to make, as one team is always going to feel shortchanged,” said JCGridiron.com publisher Brad Hoiseth.  “However, after seeing both teams, we at JCGridiron.com feel very confident in our decision about our new champion.”

Arizona Western settled in at the No. 3 spot in the 2011 Dirty 30 final rankings, followed by Riverside (Calif.) and Grand Rapids (Mich.) at fourth and fifth, respectively.  The remaining Top 10 teams included: No. 6 American River (Calif.); No. 7 Mississippi Gulf Coast; No. 8 Mt. SAC; No. 9 Navarro (Texas); and No. 10 Butler (Kan.).

Established in 2005, the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 national team rankings reflect performances on the field, strength of schedules in conference play, team records and results, as well as notable players at key positions.  In becoming the first NJCAA-affiliated program to win the JCGridiron.com national title since 2007, East Mississippi also ranks as the second Mississippi school to claim the Dirty 30 title after Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College shared the honor with Butler (Kan.) CC in 2007.

Other previous winners of the JCGridiron.com Dirty 30 national title were Mt. San Antonio College (2010 & 2009), Butte (Calif.) in 2008, Blinn (Texas) College in 2006, and Glendale (Ariz.) in 2005.  Following their first-ever MACJC state championship and subsequent Mississippi Bowl victory over Arizona Western two years ago, the EMCC Lions were ranked second nationally, behind Mt. SAC, in the 2009 final rankings by JCGridiron.com.

Contact:  David Rosinski, EMCC Sports Information Director                                                                                              
Office:  (662) 476-5042; Cell:  (662) 312-3585;