Maybe there is something about Shawn Andrews' appearance as a giant Pillsbury Doughboy that makes Arkansas sports fans smile. Or maybe it's that this seemingly gentle, smiling giant off the football field runs like a gazelle on it and pancakes opposing defensive linemen along the way. Whatever, Andrews was the Arkansas Times' readers choice as the best athlete for 2004, putting him in company with such past winners as Sidney Moncrief, Corliss Williamson and current University of Arkansas quarterback Matt Jones.
That Andrews (6-6 and 360 pounds) chose to forego his senior season at the UA was thought to be a foregone conclusion, since he has been a two-time All-Southeastern Conference pick at offensive tackle and last year was a consensus All-American and finalist for the Outland Trophy, signifying the nation's top lineman. That he opted out of the Razorbacks' last game, the Independence Bowl win over Missouri, didn't seem to lower fans' opinion of him. The nasal polyps he cited as a reason to skip the game proved to be very real, and the first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles recently underwent surgery. His agent, Rich Moran, says Andrews is holed up in a Philadelphia hotel as he recuperates and prepares to play his first season in the NFL
Andrews and the Eagles still haven't come to terms on a contract, Moran said, but his being the 16th overall selection should reap him millions. The Eagles already have Andrews as an expected starter at offensive guard come September.
Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway) was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.