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On the Calendar:  Saturday, 10/17/2015
CIVIL WAR BOOK AUTHOR: One of the most surprising and humiliating defeats in the United States' military history, the Red River Campaign narrowly missed turning the tide of the entire Civil War. This pictorial volume, written in an engaging tone, relays the full story of the conflict. Led by the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Union Army invaded the Southern Red River Valley with 32,000 men. They anticipated little trouble from the Confederates-whom they outnumbered nearly four to one-and even painted names of the towns they planned to conquer on their wagons, such as San Antonio, Houston, and Galveston. The men in blue did not expect a battle until they reached Shreveport, the Confederate capital of Louisiana. On April 8, 1864, the Confederate Patton, Gen. Richard Taylor, launched a devastating attack near Mansfield with 8,800 men. By nightfall, the Yankee soldiers were no longer discussing victories in Houston, Dallas, or even Shreveport-they were running for their lives. Complete with maps, period photographs, and firsthand accounts from soldiers, Richard Taylor and the Red River Campaign of 1864 serves as a definitive resource for historians or anyone seeking knowledge on this daring operation. Samuel W. Mitcham, Jr., is the author of more than forty history books, which have received praise from Publishers Weekly and British Army Review. In addition to writing articles for the Journal of Soviet Military Studies, he has appeared on the History Channel, CBS, National Public Radio, and the British Broadcasting Network. Mitcham has lectured at West Point, Air War College, and the General Staff College of the Marine Corps. He also taught geography and military history at Henderson State University, Georgia Southern University, and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where the freshman honor society named him professor of the year. Mitcham received his BA in journalism from Northeast Louisiana University and later earned his MS and PhD. He lives in Monroe, Louisiana. Calendar

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Is Andrew Luck's dad the NCAA's white knight?

The NCAA exec, tall with a toothy grin, sticks out his hand. The thought is inescapable: This is Andrew Luck in 30 years


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 07:06:26 GMT
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They have created licensing agreement for popular phrase used by the coach


Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:42:56 GMT
Big 12's Bob Bowlsby sees the day big-time athletes refuse to play

The tension in the system isnt going to go away anytime soon, he says.


Mon, 21 Sep 2015 05:42:22 GMT
Database: College football head coaches salaries

Alabama's Nick Saban is the highest paid college football coach.


Thu, 8 Oct 2015 12:42:26 GMT
Federal appeals court upholds ruling NCAA violates antitrust laws

The panel, however, threw out the plan to compensate athletes as much as $5,000 per year.


Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:59:47 GMT
Arizona State softball coach Craig Nicholson resigns

Arizona State softball coach Craig Nicholson resigns, citing personal medical reasons


Mon, 12 Oct 2015 10:14:23 GMT
Why haven't more coaches come out as gay?

Of the thousands of coaches who work in all sports in NCAA Division I, just a handful are openly gay or lesbian.


Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:16:10 GMT
Arkansas Red team takes 2-0 lead in Fall World Series

Gassaway leads Arkansas Red team to 7-5 win over White, 2-0 lead in Fall World Series


Wed, 7 Oct 2015 07:29:56 GMT
Pac-12's Larry Scott: Conferences will stay away from college fantasy games

The NCAA has taken a position that we can set the rules and we dont support it, he said.


Sun, 20 Sep 2015 03:36:58 GMT
Conferences submit list of proposals that would bring major changes

Among the Pac-12's submissions: Let athletes earn money for name, image and likeness.


Fri, 11 Sep 2015 03:04:11 GMT