February 21, 2007 Edition

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Wally Hall speaks
at Williams

John Bland

Wally Hall had several interesting things to say Monday night when he spoke as part of the Williams Baptist College Lecture-Concert Series. Hall is known around the state for his columns on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He has also made news in recent days, along with the Razorbacks, regarding the U. of A. football recruiting class.

With the announced coming retirement of U. of A.'s Frank Broyles as athletic director, Hall said he predicts the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University will play one another in two to three years at most. "It's going to be a win-win for everybody," Hall said. "I've always been an advocate of the game.

"The U. of A. has never had a rival," Hall said in reference to a game between the two in-state schools. Texas was a rival for Arkansas, but Texas always had bigger rivals than Arkansas, such as the University of Oklahoma.

"Do you know how small Walnut Ridge is?" Hall asked the comfortable crowd assembled in the student center. "My doctor and lawyer are both from Walnut Ridge." He was referring to Karen Pickett, M.D., who actually grew up in Black Rock, and Sam Hilburn, a Walnut Ridge native.

Hall allowed ample time for audience questions, which came from students, faculty and guests. It was obvious that the students, many of whom were Williams athletes, are readers of Hall's column. The questions were good ones and covered many topics.

Without repeating all, here were a few other interesting things that Hall had to say:

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