Take The Girl Out But She’ll Always Be – Arkansas Little Rock Trojans
The Little Rock Trojans are the athletic teams representing the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The Trojans are a non-football member of the Sun Belt Conference. The University uses 6 guys’s and 8 females’s varsity sports. Little Rock has Sun Belt competitions with all the West Division schools (Arkansas State, Louisiana– Monroe, Louisiana– Lafayette, Texas State, and UT Arlington). Little Rock’s main Sun Belt rival is Arkansas State.
For the 2005– 06 basketball season, the Trojans moved into the $25 million Jack Stephens Center. This new facility practically doubled the seating capacity of the old Little Rock gym, with 5,600 seats and 149,000 square feet (13,800 m2) of area.
On July 1, 2015, the Trojans officially announced they would not be branded as “Arkansas– Little Rock” or “UALR,” however will be the Little Rock Trojans efficient instantly.
Though the football program has long since been dissolved, the Trojans were a national powerhouse when the school was called Little Rock Junior College. Coach Jimmy Karam restored a program in 1947 that had not played football since 1933. The team won the 1947 Coffee Bowl 31– 7 versus Coffeyville Junior College and played in the 1948 Junior Sugar Bowl, losing 18– 7 to South Georgia. In 1949, the team went unbeaten and won the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, defeating Santa Ana Junior College 25– 19 and earned the junior college championship game. The LRJC team had played their method to the Junior Rose Bowl by winning the Little Rock Shrine Bowl for the right to fulfill the California junior college champion.
In the years since becoming a four-year university, Little Rock has won slightly more games than they’ve lost. Nevertheless, during the six-year training tenure of Mike Newell, the Trojans made a big splash on the national stage. Appearing in their first ever NCAA competition game in 1986, the 14th seeded Little Rock beat the heavily favored and 3rd seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish, coached by Digger Phelps, now a college basketball analyst for ESPN, 90 to 83. The Trojans lost in the second round to North Carolina State, 80 to 66 in 2 overtimes.
The 1986 NCAA Tournament success caused post-season appearances for the Trojans in each of the next four seasons. In 1987, Little Rock beat Baylor, Stephen F. Austin and California to make it to the National Invitation Tournament finals in New York City. The Trojans lost to both LaSalle and Nebraska to finish 4th. The next season, Little Rock lost to Louisiana Tech in the first round of the NIT.
The Trojans went back to the NCAA tournament in 1989 and 1990, losing to Louisville 76– 71 in 1989 and to ultimate tournament champion UNLV 102– 72 the next season.
With 5 tournament appearances from 6 seasons in Little Rock, Newell departed after the 1990 season and the Trojans didn’t go back to post-season play up until the 1996 NIT under coach Wimp Sanderson, the Trojans’ latest competition game.
The Trojans played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament after winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship; it is the first appearance for the Trojans since 1990.
The women’s team has also had its reasonable share of success since beginning play in 1969 and signing up with Division I in 1999. They have actually won the conference competition in 2011, 2012, 2015 while competing in the NCAA competition four times in the past seven years (2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015), while going to the Second Round in the first and latter appearances.
Little Rock plays its home games in the Jack Stephens Center, an on-campus center that seats 5,600. Prior to this home, the Trojans played at Alltel Arena (now Verizon Arena) in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Previous to that, Little Rock’s home games were played in Barton Coliseum on the Arkansas State Fairgrounds in Little Rock.