Arkansas basketball nonconference schedule is loaded

Arkansas’ nonconference schedule should have the Razorbacks ready to go for SEC play.

The Lady Razorbacks have a non-conference schedule that includes a trip to the Bahamas, San Diego, and redemption.

Arkansas will begin their non-conference play on the road but will host seven non-conference games this season at Bud Walton Arena, beginning with Central Arkansas.

The schedule also includes two invitationals where they will compete against teams from the ACC, Pac 12, Big 12, and Big Ten. The first of the two, the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, is set for the end of November. Arkansas is set to play Northern Arizona (Thursday, Nov. 24 at 5:45 p.m.), Clemson (Friday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m.), and Kansas State (Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m.)

In December, they will participate in the San Diego Invitational, with games against Oregon, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech.

“There is no question this non-conference slate will have us ready for SEC play,” said head coach, Mike Neighbors. “Coach [Todd] Schaefer works year around to ensure we build an NCAA-worthy schedule. It’s a puzzle that changes until the last contract is signed, sealed, and delivered.”

Neighbors coached the Lady Razorbacks to an 11-5 non-conference record last season, finishing 18-14 on the year. Crieghton return to the schedule, as they will host Arkansas on December 17.

Look: Former Razorback assistant drops 30 points, earns WNBA All-Star Game MVP

Former Arkansas graduate assistant Kelsey Plum had a WNBA All-Star game performance to remember on Sunday.

A former Razorback assistant had the WNBA All-Star performance of a lifetime on Sunday.

[autotag]Kelsey Plum[/autotag], who served as a graduate assistant under head coach [autotag]Mike Neighbors[/autotag] from 2020-22, scored 30 points in Sunday’s WNBA All-Star Game for Team Wilson in their 134-112 win over Team Stewart at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill, a performance that earned her the Most Valuable Player award.

Plum, who currently plays for the Las Vegas Aces, is having the best season of her career to this point, as she averages 20 points and six assists in 34 minutes per game.

Arkansas Women’s Basketball won at least 18 games per season while Plum served as a graduate assistant on Neighbors’ staff, making the NCAA Tournament both times.

Here is a look at the best images from Plum’s MVP performance:

 

SEC basketball scheduled released for Arkansas

A trip back to the NCAA Tournament appears on the table for Arkansas basketball.

Mike Neighbors has Arkansas basketball on the rise.

The Razorbacks may have fallen in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year as No. 7 seed, but Arkansas will return a roster filled with McDonald’s All-Americans and a transfer from Connecticut who is likely to slot right into the lineup.

Now, as of Wednesday, the Razorbacks have any idea of their path back to the NCAA Tournament as the SEC released the league opponent schedule for women’s basketball.

Arkansas will get a pair of games against Missouri, LSU and Vanderbilt, plus travel to Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State and South Carolina. The Hogs will host Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas finished last season tied for eighth in the SEC with a 7-9 league record. Dates and times for the games will be announced later. The Razorbacks will also play Northern Arizona, Clemson and Kansas State during nonconference in November.

Team led by Arkansas graduate set to purchase Denver Broncos

Rob Walton, part of the Walton-Penner group, has agreed to purchase the NFL franchise for $4.65 billion.

An Arkansas graduate and the heir to the fortune of the world’s largest retailer has agreed to buy the Denver Broncos.

[autotag]Rob Walton[/autotag], a 1966 graduate of the University of Arkansas and the son of the late Sam Walton, the founder of Wal Mart, heads a group that has purchased the Denver Broncos for $4.65 billion dollars, which is the highest that anyone has paid for a professional sports franchise. reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Following the purchase, Walton released a statement regarding the purchase of the NFL franchise:

We are thrilled to be selected to move forward with the purchase of the Denver Broncos! Carrie, Greg and I are inspired by the opportunity to steward this great organization in a vibrant community full of opportunity and passionate fans.

Having lived and worked in Colorado, we’ve always admired the Broncos. Our enthusiasm has only grown as we’ve learned more about the team, staff and Broncos Country over the last few months.

We are excited to announce that Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO of Ariel Investments, has agreed to join our ownership group. Beyond her role at Ariel, Mellody is an influential leader in corporate and civic organizations across the nation.

Mellody currently serves as Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and is also a director of JPMorgan Chase. We know she will bring her strategic acumen and leadership perspective to our team.

Thank you to Joe Ellis and the staff of the Broncos for the first-class manner in which they have conducted this sale process. In addition, we thank Hogan Lovells for their guidance and support in this effort.

We look forward to earning the confidence and support of the NFL as we take the next step in this process. When the necessary approval procedures are met, our family is excited to share more with Broncos fans, the organization and the community.

According to Broncos Wire, the sale is subject to NFL approval, which could arrive within the next few weeks. Walton will become the team’s new majority owner with Greg and Carrie Penner serving as minority owners.

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Five Razorbacks sign NIL deals with restaurant franchise

Five Razorback athletes over four sports have signed with Fayetteville-based Slim Chickens to serve as ambassadors to the franchise

A fast-casual restaurant based in Fayetteville is launching a “Student-Athlete Council”. What better way to launch it than to bring in five Arkansas Razorbacks to serve as spokespeople?

Slim Chickens, a restaurant chain that specializes in chicken fingers, wings, and salads among other items, is partnering with five Arkansas student-athletes in an effort to launch a council dedicated to promoting the chain through community projects, campus events, and charitable events. 

Football’s [autotag]Bumper Pool[/autotag], Women’s Basketball’s [autotag]MaKayla Daniels[/autotag], Gymnast [autotag]Jensen Scalzo[/autotag], as well as [autotag]Ayden Owens[/autotag], and [autotag]Britton Wilson[/autotag] of Track and Field have been named to the Student-Athlete Council, Slim Chickens has announced.

Slim Chickens CMO Chris Allison is excited about the opportunity to work with these Razorbacks.

“There’s nothing quite like Arkansas sports, except maybe Slim Chickens, and we know this partnership is going to be a lot of fun,” said CMO Chris Allison. “This is a talented and hardworking group of young adults, and we can’t wait for them to be ambassadors for Slim Chickens. We’re looking forward to some great events over the coming months.”

Pool, who has been named Council chairman, says that it was an easy decision to partner with the local franchise.

“The answer was a no-brainer for me when the council was presented. I am excited to be a part of a renowned Arkansas brand,” said Pool. “This is a new and different way to be involved in the Fayetteville community, and I can’t wait to make Slimthusiasts out of more students at Arkansas.”

Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a focus on fresh, delicious food with a southern flair in a fast-casual setting. The franchise has 165 locations in 29 states, as well as locations in the United Kingdom.

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Arkansas is one of three athletic programs to accomplish THIS feat in 2021-22

Arkansas joins only LSU and Michigan as programs that accomplished this special feat.

I guess you could call the University of Arkansas an “everything” school.

Arkansas fans young and old will hold the 2021-22 athletic season in a special place due to the success that every program seemed to enjoy over the year.

But, just how special was the 2021-22 year? It was so monumental, that only two other athletic programs in the entire country can claim the same title as Arkansas.

Arkansas joins LSU and Michigan as athletic programs that made the NCAA Tournament in Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Gymnastics, and participated in a College Football bowl game.

The athletic season began with football climbing back into relevancy by finishing with a 9-4 record which ended with a win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl. Nine wins were the most for the program since 2011, when the Razorbacks finished 11-2 with an appearance in the Cotton Bowl.

The Razorbacks kept momentum going during the winter sports, as Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Gymnastics enjoyed trips to the postseason. Men’s basketball finished 28-9 with their second straight trip to the Elite 8. Women’s basketball ended the season with an 18-14 record and a first round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Finally, for Gymnastics, the Razorbacks posted high scores in the regional meet, and sent two athletes to compete for national titles.

Razorback softball enjoyed their most successful season in history by winning not only the SEC regular season title for the second season in a row, but by winning the SEC Tournament as well. Their season ended in the Super Regionals, dropping two of three to Texas. Baseball’s season continues in the Stillwater Regional of the NCAA Tournament beginning Friday against Grand Canyon.

Neither of these team’s success shows any signs of stopping, as every team mentioned seems to have a bright future ahead.

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Chelsea Dungee set to begin coaching career

A former Razorback is achieving a lifelong goal of becoming a coach in Division I basketball

A former Arkansas standout is closing one door in favor of opening another.

Chelsea Dungee, who played at Arkansas from 2018-21 has been hired by Troy University to become an assistant coach on the staff led by head coach Chanda Rigby, Troy athletics announced Monday.

In a release, Rigby says that Dungee fits the description of what she was looking for in an assistant coach.

When this position came open, I knew I wanted to hire someone who would make a strong impact on current players and carry deep influence with recruits. Chelsea will be all of this and much more.  She worked her way up into being a top scorer in NCAA and a high draft pick in the WNBA. The passion that she possesses, and her desire to be great, will be infectious. With her presence, Chelsea will help us continue to elevate the brand of Troy Women’s Basketball in the recruiting world. Hiring Chelsea puts a big ‘W’ in our win column already!

Dungee, who was drafted fifth overall by the Dallas Wings of the WNBA 2021, says that coaching Division I basketball has been a lifelong goal of hers.

My collegiate and professional experiences have provided me with vast knowledge of the game and the ability to create and maintain healthy relationships through shared experiences. The feeling of giving back and contributing to the growth of young women is unmatched. I look forward to being a part of the Trojan Family!

As a senior in 2020-21, Dungee averaged 22.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 32.3 minutes per game. Dungee played in 14 games during her lone season in Dallas.

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Hogs pick up grad transfer from Syracuse

Carr has experience in the ACC and Big 12 both, plus familiar ties to the Arkansas program.

Only one spot remains on the Arkansas women’s basketball team.

Syracuse transfer [autotag]Christianna Carr[/autotag] announced her commitment via the transfer portal to the Razorbacks on Thursday. Carr averaged 11.7 points and 4.6 rebounds last year for Syracuse.

She is the first player landed via the portal this offseason, countering the transfer of two players from Arkansas. Center Destinee Oberg entered the portal last month and Elauna Eaton entered the portal on April 2. The Razorbacks also lost All-SEC performer [autotag]Amber Ramirez[/autotag] to exhausted eligibility and sophomore starter [autotag]Sasha Goforth[/autotag], who retired because of a medical condition.

Carr started her collegiate career in her hometown of Manhattan, Kansas, where she played three years for Kansas State. Arkansas coach Mike Neighbors’ wife, Jayci Stone, was an assistant at K-State when Carr was a freshman.

Arkansas has 12 scholarship players now on the roster for 2022-23. The NCAA maximum is 13.

Former Razorback Sytia Messer named head coach at UCF

A member of the 1998 Women’s Final Four and 1999 NIT Championship teams is now leading the Women’s Basketball program at UCF.

[autotag]Sytia Messer[/autotag], a former athlete for Arkansas Women’s Basketball and longtime assistant coach under Kim Mulkey during her time at Baylor and LSU, has been named the head basketball coach at UCF.

Messer spent one season at LSU, where she served as associate head coach under Mulkey. In that one season, the Tigers finished 26-6 with an appearance in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, a complete turnaround from the 9-13 record that LSU finished with in the 2020-21 season.

Most of Messer’s coaching success happened while she was at Baylor, coaching under Mulkey for the final eight seasons that she was in Waco. While at Baylor, the Bears won eight regular-season Big 12 championships, six Big 12 tournament championships, and one national title.

Messer, a native of Waldo, Ark. was inducted into the Razorbacks Hall of Honor in 2018 after an illustrious career at Arkansas, where she was a member of the 1998 Final Four squad, and the 1999 team that won the Women’s NIT. She played in 128 games as a Razorback, starting in 96 of those.

Messer is the second head coach at UCF with Arkansas ties. Knights head football coach Gus Malzahn is an Arkansas high school coaching legend and served as offensive coordinator for the Razorbacks in 2006.

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Former McDonald’s All-American stepping away from Arkansas basketball

One of the best players in Fayetteville High School history is stepping away from basketball after diagnosis of a stomach malady.

Sasha Goforth’s high-school career was one of the best in Fayetteville High School history. When the local product decided to return to home to play for the Razorbacks, the future for Hogs basketball was promising.

Goforth averaged 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks during his first year at Arkansas. But on Saturday night, she revealed she would stepping away from the team for an undetermined amount of time.

“This past year, with the combination of Gastroparesis and anxiety, basketball became too much,” Goforth tweeted. “The side effects affected my performance and kept me feeling miserable. Although this is incredibly hard for me, I know that the best thing for me to do right now is to step away from basketball.”

Goforth was a McDonald’s All-American coming out of FHS in 2019. She started her career at Oregon State, playing her freshman year with the Beavers before transferring to Arkansas where she sat our her first season.

“This year I was blessed enough to get the chance to a part of an amazing program with some amazing people in it,” Goforth said. “I can’t begin to describe how thankful I am that Coach Neighbors and the rest of the Arkansas staff was gracious enough to let me come back this year and be a part of this team.”