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Three big games in SEC West

LITTLE ROCK — Well-versed in the pr of politics, the proprietor of Poolsville crafted a diversion when confronted about his master plan to use an alias to take down the season-long college football pool.

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Arkansas still has a long ways to go

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema was still frustrated about his team’s 35-28 overtime loss to Texas A&M on Sunday night, but the second-year coach got a quick glimpse of the respect his Razorbacks are earning while on a recruiting trip.

Place-kicker competition now open

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said the Razorbacks will open the place-kicking competition during the bye week after senior John Henson missed a 44-yard field goal in the 35-28 loss to Texas A&M last Saturday.

Alumni Report for 09-30-14

Each week, The Commercial will run the list of active-status athletes from the area with their recent statistics in professional or collegiate action. If there is an active player whom you believe should be included in this report, please email us at pbsports@pbcommercial.com .

Barnes Honored

The late Tommy Barnes, the most successful coach in Arkansas-Monticello football history was honored Saturday with the unveiling of his bust inside the university’s indoor practice facility before kickoff of the UAM-Southwestern Oklahoma State game. Barnes coached the Boll Weevils from 1985-96, earning two playoff appearances in the NAIA and an Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championship in 1993. Posing with the bust are Barnes’ widow Kookie and former UAM standout Lance Gasaway, whose gift made the sculpture possible. David Deming of Cleveland sculpted the bust. (UAM Media Relations/Jim Brewer)