NORMAN — “The second and third week of June every year is the two-week dead period in Arkansas where no paid coach can have any contact with any athlete,” Arkansas coach Jason Hannaford said. “No phones, text. No nothing. That kind of has some affect on those guys being able to come up here.”
Hannaford said he hopes that will change next year with the addition of coach Doug Clark and Tom Pagnozzi.
“They both agreed to help me next year in getting those top players out here and come out here and help,” Hannaford said. “Also we’re going to go into the coaches association meeting in January and we’re going to lay it all out for them so they understand what chance we have for Arkansas to come out here and compete and have a good tournament. I think if we can get them to allow conversations during this week, I can’t imagine they wouldn’t allow something like that.”
Stepping down: Tournament director Jim Dickerson is saying good-bye to the Sunbelt/Heartland Classic Tournament. The baseball lifer said it’s time for him to step down
Today will be Dickinson’s last day as director, but his legacy at the tournament will not be forgotten by the players or coaches.
“It’s always a great experience coming out here,” Georgia coach Todd Eubanks said. “Jim Dickerson and Sherri Rogers do a great job of putting this tournament on. For the kids, it’s just a great opportunity. They get treated very well. This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing that these kids will get to talk about for the rest of their lives.”