Arkansas State University officially announced that Red Wolves would be the university’s new mascot. On Thursday they unveiled the new logo. When I saw the new logo, my first reaction was, “It ain’t got no eyeballs. Where are the eyeballs?” I must say, though, I really like the new logo. I think it would look great on their football helmets. I’ve never cared for the ‘stAte’ logo they’ve used for the past several years. The new wolf would look much better, even without eyeballs.
Speaking of ASU, Nolan Richardson announced the other day that he was no longer a candidate to replace Dickey Nutt as head basketball coach. Personally, I can’t believe he was ever seriously considering the job.
Nolan’s a great coach and his accomplishments speak for themselves (a national championship at Arkansas, an NIT championship, a junior college national championship, etc.), but there’s no way that ASU, or the Sun Belt Conference would have provided a big enough stage for Nolan and his Texas-size ego.
One interesting rumor going around on the internet was that Nolan was asking ASU for a deal similar to the one Bobby Knight got at Texas Tech a few years ago: Nolan would coach a couple of years, then turn the job over to his son, Nolan III (a.k.a. Notes). I don’t know if it’s true or not, but if it is, that certainly would have been a deal-breaker.
Notes was the head coach at Tennessee State a few years ago. One day after practice he got into an argument with one of his assistants. Notes went to his car and got a gun and went back into the gym, looking for the assistant.
On second thought, maybe ASU should go ahead and hire Notes. It could have its advantages. For example, if I’m a referee working an ASU game, you could be assured that Notes’ team is going to get every close call.
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