Digest for Thursday


Seals commits to play football at Bethany

D’Andre Seals, a 2012 Arkansas Scholar graduate of Pine Bluff High School, has committed to Bethany College to play football.

Bethany College is a four-year liberal arts college located in Lindsborg, Kansas. He was recruited as a fullback, the position he has desired to play throughout his past four years of football.

Seals had success in both academics and athletics, keeping up his grades and being a Varsity starter and Co-Captain of the Zebras. His hard work and dedication in the recruiting process paid off as he strived to be a leader in both sports and in his community.

Whiting added to UAM sports staff

MONTICELLO — University of Arkansas-Monticello Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff has announced the hiring of UAM graduate Matt Whiting as assistant athletic director for external operations. Whiting began his new role at UAM on August 6.

Whiting comes to UAM after spending one year as a graduate assistant for the division of educational, student services and student life at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock. In that role, he coordinated the chancellor’s leadership corps summer orientation, coordinated freshmen week and parent/family day activities, assisted with the reconciliation of the department budget, and represented UALR at the Arkansas College Personnel Association annual meeting and the NASPA Student Affairs annual convention.

Raffo offered extension with ASU baseball

JONESBORO— Arkansas State University head baseball coach Tommy Raffo has been awarded a five-year contract extension, Chancellor Tim Hudson announced Wednesday afternoon. Raffo’s

Raffo, who was named ASU’s fifth head baseball coach on July 1, 2008, previously received a three-year extension July 1, 2011, which would have run through 2014 prior to the announced amendment.

Under Raffo’s direction, Arkansas State finished the 2012 season at 34-23 overall and at 19-9 in Sun Belt Conference action. The Red Wolves were just one-half game out of first place at the end of the regular season. The final month of the season saw ASU win 11 of its final 15 games, including a win over No. 22 Ole Miss before ending the season with a run to the finals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in Bowling Green, Ky.

Richardson to have knee re-evaluated

BEREA, Ohio — Trent Richardson’s ailing left knee may be more seriously injured than the Cleveland Browns thought.

The team issued a one-sentence statement Wednesday saying that the running back, picked No. 3 overall in April’s draft, will see a specialist on Thursday. The statement says: “Trent Richardson is traveling to Pensacola, Fla., where he will have his left knee further evaluated by Dr. James Andrews tomorrow.”

Richardson, who played at Alabama, had an MRI in Cleveland on Tuesday. Results have not been revealed. He is going to see Andrews for a second opinion.

Reid back with team after son’s funeral

Coach Andy Reid returned to the Philadelphia Eagles a day after his 29-year-old son’s funeral, saying it’s “the right thing to do.”

Reid was back on the sideline for a walkthrough Wednesday and plans to coach the preseason opener against Pittsburgh tonight.

McEvoy transfers from South Carolina

Less than two weeks after being arrested for speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under the age of 21, Tanner McEvoy is leaving South Carolina.

The redshirt freshman was arrested in North Carolina and served a short suspension from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. He was listed as fourth-string quarterback.