The draft for the annual Red-White game was held Tuesday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena. The White team will again be coached by SportsRap personalities Chuck Barrett, Dudley Dawson, Otis Kirk and Clay Henry. SportsRap dominated last year's game, leading by 40, en route to a 114-97 victory. The Red-White game is set for 8 p.m. Saturday night at Bud Walton Arena.
Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson presented a trophy to SportsRap host Chuck Barrett at the draft Tuesday afternoon.
"We'll make a presentation of the trophy before the game Friday night before the game," Richardson said. "The trophy will go to SportsRap. If they win this Red-White game, then they will keep it for another year, and DriveTime will not be asked back as coaches. We'll have a team of newspaper guys to challenge the SportsRap coaches. If DriveTime wins, then there will be a rubber match next year between DriveTime and SportsRap."
SportsRap won the toss for the first pick, but deferred so it would have picks Nos. 2-3. DriveTime then used the No. 1 pick to select Jannero Pargo, with his partner, T. J. Cleveland, automatically going to SportsRap. The No. 2-3 picks were then used by SportsRap to take Charles Tatum and J. J. Sullinger with their opposite partners, Jamar Blackmon and Blake Eddins, automatically going to DriveTime.
Check the draft board below to see how the rest of the selections went in the draft. Afterwards, one UA coach admitted that SportsRap had the better deal in the draft and conceded that he set the early point spread at a 6-point nod for the Fayetteville-based radio sports talk show.
"There are two spots were I think the matchups had an advantage, and I think SportsRap got both spots in its favor," the coach said. "Now we'll see how they coach."
Bob Holt of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette asked a few questions, but admitted that he'd been told by DriveTime anchor Randy Rainwater that he would prefer that the game be played in Little Rock. Rainwater declined to attend the draft on Tuesday. He also will skip the game Friday night, sending subordinates Brian Prince and Marcus Elliott. Prince was the only DT representative at the draft on Tuesday. Rainwater went on to guarantee a victory on his Tuesday radio show.
Teddy Gipson, selected by SR coaches for the second straight year, expressed satisfaction with the draft, predicting a victory. Gipson accurately predicted a runaway last year after seeing the draft results. He laughed at DT's picks last year, and said he was glad to be picked by the "winning" coaches again.
Blake Eddins, a member of the winning team last year, was disappointed to have been skipped over by the SR coaches. He pointed out that the trophy presented to SR head coach Chuck Barrett was in the same distinct mold of Barrett's bald head.
Here is the way the draft board turned out. Drive Time had the first pick and so Cleveland went to Sports Rap. Then SR took Tatum and Sullinger as the 2nd and 3rd picks. Then, it alternated, with DT pickign Dean, SR picking Jordan, DT taking Satchell and SR taking Gomez. Remember, when one team takes a player, the other team automatically gets the player paired with him. Hence, if Pargo is taken by DT, Cleveland went to SR automatically.
Nolan Richardson presents the trophy to SportsRap ancor Chuck Barrett for last year's victory in the Red-White game.
Nolan Richardson was instense at Tuesday's workout.
Larry Satchell fires a shot in Tuesday's workout.
Photos by Clay Henry