Former Oklahoma Sooner and Dallas Cowboy coach Barry Switzer, one of the few coaches to win both a national college football championship and the Super Bowl, will be the first speaker for the Little Rock Touchdown Club when the series begins Monday, Aug. 28.
The partial lineup was released today by Metropolitan National Bank, the club's corporate sponsor for the third year, but Switzer's date with the club was revealed last week when GameWeek in the Rock was announced.
The club, which began with 45 people attending the first meeting in 2002, grew to where more than 400 attended a speaking engagement by former Miami Hurricane coach Butch Davis, and Arkansas native and UA grad, last fall. Also, appearances by Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles and then Springdale coach Gus Malzahn, now the offensive coordinator of the Razorbacks, drew huge crowds to the Embassy Suites ballroom, the site of the Touchdown Club meetings.
Meetings are held every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The series culimates in 2006 with the annual awards banquet in December, recognizing coaches and players from every Arkansas college and several high schools. An additional meeting is scheduled for just before national signing day, which traditionally is the first Wednesday in February.
This year's lineup of regional and national guest speakers includes Ken Hatfield, the former player and coach of the Razorbacks, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 5 (the only Tuesday date for the club, because Labor Day is the day before), ASU coach Steve Roberts, Sept. 11; Alabama sports columnist and media personality Paul Finebaum, Sept. 18; and 1969 Texas stars James Street and Bob McKay, the date to be announced, and former Razorback quarterback greats Bill Montgomery, Clint Stoener, Ron Calcagni and Quinn Grovey. More speakers will be announced later in the season, but tentative plans call for such speakers as Danny Ford, Houston Nutt, former Auburn coach Pat Dye, NFL official Walt Coleman, sports agent Jimmy Sexton, former NFL linebacker Monte Coleman and recruiting reporter Otis Kirk
Lunch is $15 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and annual membership to the club is $40 for returning members and $45 for new members. Former Hog David Bazzel, a talk radio show host on KABZ-FM with Tommy Smith, is president of the club. More information on the club is available at www.lrtouchdownclub.com.