Digest for 12-11-13


STATE

Adams scores career-high in win

FAYETTEVILLE — McKenzie Adams scored a career-high 22 points to lead three Razorbacks in double-digit scoring, as the Arkansas women’s basketball team (11-0) earned an 81-43 win over Tulsa (3-3) inside Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Tuesday night.

A near perfect 6-for-7 from three-point range, the freshman paced 60 percent team shooting from beyond the arc for Arkansas. Eleven different Razorbacks saw playing time in the win, as each contributed and scored at least two points.

“She’s a shooter,” Tom Collen said of Adams. “I’ve been watching her play for years now. She’s doing a great job for us with that. We’re going to need that from her moving forward into SEC play.”

Jessica Jackson also reached double digits for the 10th time in 11 games this season (14 points), while Keira Peak added 10 points, two rebounds and two steals.

Ranked fifth in the NCAA for field-goal percentage defense, UA held the Golden Hurricanes to just 25 percent shooting on the night, including 1-for-5 shooting from three-point range in the second half. TU managed just 23 second-half points, as the Razorbacks rolled to the 81-43 final score.

Arkansas breaks for final exams, but returns to the court Dec. 20 when it welcomes Tennessee Tech to Bud Walton Arena. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.

NATIONAL

Oregon TE Brown suspended for bowl game

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich suspended tight end Pharaoh Brown for the upcoming Alamo Bowl after the sophomore starter was caught on video throwing snowballs at several vehicles while they were being driven.

According to the Oregonian, there were other Oregon players that also took part in a snowball fight organized by the team on Friday. Sources told the newspaper those players were disciplined internally by the coaching staff but will be able to play in the Dec. 30 Alamo Bowl.

Brown started in five of his nine games played for the Ducks this season and recorded 10 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns.

The 10th-ranked Ducks will face Texas in this year’s Alamo Bowl, which will be held in San Antonio’s Alamodome.

Wake Forest hires Bowling Green’s Clawson

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Dave Clawson was named as the 32nd head football coach in Wake Forest history on Tuesday.

Clawson joins the Demon Deacons after five seasons as the head coach at Bowling Green. He takes over for Jim Grobe, who resigned earlier this month after a 13-year run with the school.

The 46-year-old Clawson guided Bowling Green to a 10-3 record as well as this year’s MAC championship, with the Falcons knocking off previously unbeaten Northern Illinois, 47-27, in last Friday’s title game to earn their first league crown since 1992.

The Falcons received a bid to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26. Clawson will yield his position as head coach at Bowling Green and will not coach the Falcons in the bowl game.

Bowling Green announced on Tuesday that special teams coordinator Adam Scheier will serve as interim head coach for the bowl game.

McCarron wins Unitas Award

BALTIMORE — Alabama’s A.J. McCarron has captured the 2013 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the top senior quarterback in the nation.

McCarron has completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards with 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions for the 11-1 Crimson Tide this season.

A finalist for last year’s Golden Arm Award, McCarron beat out list of candidates that included Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch and Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

Mac Brown denies report of resignation

Mack Brown denied a report issued Tuesday that he will be stepping down at Texas, though the embattled head football coach’s future with the Longhorns remains swirled in uncertainty.

The website Orangebloods.com reported that Brown, whose job security has been a heavy topic of speculation over the past few months, will announce his resignation by the end of the week.

When contacted by website Horns247.com later in the day, Brown responded that he is currently on a recruiting trip and has not decided to leave his post.

“I’m in Florida recruiting,” Brown said in the message. “If I had decided to step down I sure wouldn’t be killing myself down here. I have not decided to step down.”

Sources also told Horns247.com that the university is expected to make a decision on Brown’s job status within the next 48 hours.