Game Elicits Memories For 'Wolfman' Schulte

FAYETTEVILLE -- Tuesday night's crowd for the Central Michigan-Arkansas basketball game in Walton Arena included a blast from the past.

Jack "Wolfman" Schulte, who played for the Razorbacks from 1973-1977, attended his first UA game since his career ended.

Schulte was a 6-foot-8 forward for coach Lanny Van Eman as a freshman and sophomore, and for coach Eddie Sutton as a junior and senior. He was part of a 26-2 Razorbacks team his senior season.

"I once scored 28 points against Robert Parish of Centenary," recalled Schulte, who also took so many charges that Sutton established a "Wolfman Award" for the Razorback that took the most charges each season.

Schulte, of St. Louis via Subiaco Academy, worked for the Department of Labor for a few years after getting his UA degree, then moved to San Clemente, Calif., "fell in love with it" and became a realtor.

"On July 24, 1991, I discovered that my Corvette could fly through the air but wasn't built to land," Schulte said. "I was in a coma for a month and semi-conscious for a month. My dad died three days after I had the accident, but I didn't know it until six weeks later. I'm a recovering alcoholic."

Schulte had his hip rebuilt in the hospital and is now 6-9.

"I've gained about 100 pounds since college, too," he joked.

Schulte, on his way back to California after visiting his mother in St. Louis, enjoyed renewing acquaintance with UA athletic director Frank Broyles and other old friends Tuesday night. To each, he said, "God bless you."

He also asked during the game, "Where are the Mad Hatters?"

In Sutton's early days at Arkansas, he started a group of enthusiastic student fans called the Mad Hatters and the Overall Gang.

"Watching this game tonight has been a rush-and-a-half," Schulte said.



FIRST MEETING

Arkansas and Central Michigan had never met before Tuesday, but Hogs coach Stan Heath was 1-0 against the Chippewas in his one season as Kent State coach in 2001-2002.



OLD IS NEW AGAIN

After a series of "circle the wagon" pregame routines this year, the Hogs went back to their previous habit of having the introduced starters do a variety of chest bumps with guard Sean McCurdy.

For the first time this season, Steven Hill did not start, leaving freshman Patrick Beverley as the only Razorback who has started every game.



WOUNDED GUARDS

It's been a rough week for UA point guards.

On Monday in practice, Gary Ervin suffered a split lip when he took an inadvertent head butt from Sean McCurdy.

Then in Tuesday's game, McCurdy banged his head against a referee's knee in the first half, and twisted his ankle when his shoe ripped in the second half. After the game, he learned that his dad had watched him play, for just the second time in his college career.

The two point guards were part of a three-guard lineup at times, with either Beverley or Stefan Welsh.

"We can go big or we can go small," Ervin said. "We're very versatile. Tonight we controlled our turnovers (12) and all accomplished a lot. We'll keep pressuring each other a lot in practice."

McCurdy said about the three-guard alignment: "We're all real fast and we can disrupt the other team."




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