Arkansas State and Clemson will be playing against Mid-South DIA opponents this coming 2016-17 season, but it won't be a full five-team conference just yet.
The USA Rugby South U19 all-star program has finalized its squad to play in the Rugby Americas North (what used to be NACRA) U19 Championships.
This remembrance of Curt Huckaby, who started the rugby program at Arkansas State and was its life force for many years, was submitted by Patrick Stewart of Arkansas State Univesity.
It will be BYU and Cal once again in the Varsity Cup final, but it almost wasn't.
BYU was once again formidable, with the Whippy brothers right in the middle of the action. Josh Whippy scored two early tries and Jared Whippy converted them and added a penalty which, along with tries from Zane Mendenhall and Josh Anderson, staked BYU to a 27-8 halftime lead over Arkansas State.
Could this be the year that it all gets shaken up?
You wonder. Here in the Varsity Cup, the same four teams had been in the semifinals for the last three years. That's changed this year as Arkansas State upended Navy to get to the top four. Now, could the run of three-straight BYU v Cal finals be stopped?
It could be.
For the first time in the history of the Varsity Cup, Navy will not be in the semifinals, as Arkansas State ran out to a 24-0 halftime lead, and held off a Midshipmen surge to win the quarterfinal 31-24.
"We knew what we needed was a good defensive game plan and devotion to the defensive structure," said ASU Head Coach Shaun Potgieter. " In the first half we did that very well."
We're into the Quarterfinals of the Varsity Cup, and the games are a little tougher to pick, with an expectation that a couple, as least, will be close.
Here’s a quick rundown of the Varsity Cup games this weekend.
BYU smacked Arizona State 113-8 Saturday night to finish off the day's VC games.
Life University defeated Arkansas State 32-15 in the annual Curt Huckaby Cup match played between the two teams.
The game is played in honor of ASU rugby program founder and first head coach, Curt Huckaby (see details here).
Life University travels to Arkansas State this weekend to play an exciting matchup between two very strong teams, but this game is more than just a game.
Sure, Life is ranked #4 and Arkansas State #5 by Goff Rugby Report, and sure a big win by one of these teams might have us taking #1, but this game is more about the relationship between the programs.
Arkansas State laid down something of a market this past Saturday, putting a pretty solid Davenport University to the sword 53-0.
It was the first game of the New Year for both teams, and a game that showed observers that the Red Wolves may be among one of the strongest college rugby teams this year.