Monday AState update

The Arkansas State Red Wolves football team is playing the waiting game. Waiting first on the NCAA to rule of Georgia Southern's bowl waiver request and second on the bowls to make a decision. Meanwhile men's and women's hoops head into action tonight.

They’re waiting to see if the season is over or if there will an opportunity to play in a fourth straight bowl game. The Red Wolves (7-5) wrapped up the season on Saturday afternoon in Jonesboro with a 68-35 victory over New Mexico State.

With their fourth straight winning season the Red Wolves appeared to be inline a bowl bid – the Camellia, GoDaddy and New Orleans Bowl. It is expected that UL-Lafayette will be making a fourth straight appearance in the game in NOLA as a surprise to no one.

That leaves Arkansas State, Texas State (7-5) and South Alabama (6-6) in the mix for the remaining bowl games. The fly in the ointment here is league champion Georgia Southern, which benefited from a league schedule that did not include Arkansas State and ULL and was the only the only team in the conference that did not have back-to-back SBC road games, which has appealed to the NCAA to have its provisional waiver lifted so it can appear in a bowl game.

A-State officials are expecting a decision today or Tuesday.

The Red Wolves own a 2-2 bowl record as an FBS member. They have played in the New Orleans Bowl once and the last three seasons in the GoDaddy Bowl. A-State has won its last two bowl games.

Both the GoDaddy and Camellia match up Sun Belt teams with the Mid-America Conference.


Fredi Knighten was named Offensive Player of the Week by the Sun Belt Conference. Knighten led AState to a school and conference record in team offense and just missed the record for total offense by a player at AState by five yards.


Both of the basketball teams are in action tonight.

On the home floor, Brian Boyer’s team (2-2) plays host to Chattanooga. The Lady Mocs come in with a 4-2 record that includes a 67-63 victory over Tennessee and over Villanova. The losses have been to South Florida and Notre Dame. They are 1-1 on the road.

John Brady’s Red Wolves (0-2) hit the road for Conway to face the University of Central Arkansas. The Bears are 0-5 on the season.

The Red Wolves’ lost second-half leads in both of their home losses to start the season. This is the first road game. Tipoff is 7 pm at the Farris Center.