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Bryant Hornets senior receiver, cornerback, kick returner Dillon Winfey has been named to the first[more] 501 LIFE magazine Football Team, featuring players from around central Arkansas. Go here.

It’s also been reported in Vype Magazine on-line that Winfrey may be offered a scholarship to continue his career and his education at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Go here.

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There’s a chance the Salt Bowl could continue to be the season-opening game during the 2012-2014 cycle after all.

In Robert Yates’ story about the Salt Bowl press conference in last Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (go here), he mentioned that Siloam Springs has lodged an appeal to the Arkansas Activities Association regarding the new conference alignments for the 2012-2014 cycle.

In the new arrangement, Siloam, new to Class 6A up from Class 5A during the current cycle, has been assigned to the 7A/6A-West Conference with the likes of Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Heritage, Springdale and Har-Ber.

With that conference slate, the Panthers could be one of the best teams in 6A and not make the playoffs because they’ve been butting their heads against those powerhouses every week. If you go winless in conference, it’d be difficult to qualify for the playoffs even with the convolutions of the point system utilized for seeding.

This is reminiscent of 2010 when the AAA tried to reconfigure the conferences in 7A and 6A in a very similar way only to have Searcy appeal and win which produced the current set-up.

Many of those in Class 6A and Class 7A, if given a vote to keep the status quo, would do so.

As it stands, only Russellville (Class 6A) and West Memphis (Class 7A) would be placed in conferences that include teams from different classifications. If the appeal fails, all four 7A and 6A conferences will be mixed. For more on this, go here.

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On a personal note:

The nest is empty.

After over 28 years, my wife Jan and I are suddenly back to being a couple again. We took our youngest, Kate, to college Wednesday. When we got back to town, I turned to my wife and said, “Hi, my name is Rob. What’s yours?”

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