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A-State Remains Closed Through Friday. March 6

Arkansas State University will remain closed through Friday, March 6, due to heavy snowfall and hazardous road conditions. This includes the main campus at Jonesboro and the Paragould center.

For the convenience of students, faculty/staff and the community:
  • The Acansa Dining Hall will operate under inclement weather hours, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
  • The Red Wolf Center will be open from noon - 5 pm during the closure.
  • The Dean B. Ellis Library will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and regular hours over the weekend.
  • GradStock has been rescheduled to March 9, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Cooper Alumni Center.
  • The Testing Center will be closed.
  • NEA Science Fair has been postponed to March 16 at Hames Room, Convocation Center.
  • Communications Day (March 7) has been cancelled.
  • The SunBelt basketball match-ups with South Alabama will be played as scheduled.
  • This weekend's baseball matchup with UTA has been moved to Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson, MS. First game is Saturday, March 7 at 7 p.m. and a doubleheader on Sunday, March 8 at 1 p.m.
  • The Honors Reception event scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled.

The university reminds students to monitor their official Arkansas State student email account for information regarding classes, as explained in an announcement from Provost Lynita Cooksey.

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Arkansas State Rugby Team Breezes to Second USA Rugby College 7s National Championship

11/24/2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. — For a short time, it seemed that interim rugby coach Matt Huckaby might not have the words to describe how Arkansas State University’s rugby team won its second consecutive USA Rugby College 7s National Championship Sunday afternoon. But, once he got started, the pure joy of pride and success poured out.

“I don’t really know what to say,” said Huckaby. “The guys stayed together and were ready for that final game against St. Mary’s. “We knew we came to win and we did, and we knew we had to play a championship game and we did the whole time.”

2013 Rugby 7s national champs
Arkansas State University Rugby Team — Two-time USA Rugby College 7s National Champions

A-State, now a perfect 19-0 overall, advanced to the final game by eliminating five straight opponents. On Sunday, the team defeated Air Force, 24-12; Dartmouth, 32-5, and then knocked out St. Mary’s in the title game, 32-12, after taking Saturday victories over North Texas (36-0), Florida (41-0) and Oregon State (46-5) Saturday in Bryan Park Soccer Complex.

The Red Wolves won their first national championship just under a year ago in December 2012. Winning the second one is just as sweet, but maybe a little more businesslike.

“Everyone stepped up and did his job,” continued Huckaby. “It was fun to see these young men work hard and execute every time. I really couldn’t single anyone out. It was a team. It was the team effort. If there was a team problem, it became team problem solving.”

For instance, Huckaby said that fullback/wing Tom Haussrer, a sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, recognized he was having an off day on his kicking game and turned the duties over to fullback/fly Zin Zan Elan-Puttick while Haussrer picked up in another area.

“He was a difference maker because of his ability to see he wasn’t having a good day and made some changes,” Huckaby related. “Tom came to me and I told him go ahead and do it.”

The players went into the tournament dedicating their play to program founder Curt Huckaby, who is also Matt’s father. Matt said he didn’t mention the goal set by the team to any players, but he heard them talking about it from time to time and he knew they were aware of it with each game.

“It developed with the team that they wanted to do this and they proved it,” Huckaby said. “They are proud of it. They played Curt Huckaby rugby—all out. And, Dad watched a lot of the matches and kept me posted on how other teams were doing. I had the best scout in the country!”

In addition, Huckaby noted that Dylan Carrion, the speedy scrumhalf from Plano, Texas, had an outstanding tournament, including playing every single minute of each game.

“I can’t single out anyone in particular, though,” he said. “We played a lot of younger players. We didn’t hesitate to play any sub or anyone on the bench. We have an aggressive style of play. They kept our starters fresh for the St. Mary’s game. A victory is inclusive and a team victory.”

The Red Wolves got off to a shaky start trading possessions against St. Mary’s until Carrion and Shaun Potgieter, a 6-3, 215-pounder from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, combined to put A-State on top, 5-0. The players got on track and extended the lead with scores by sophomore wing Gavin Brown of Indianapolis, Ind., and Haussrer.

Arkansas State seemed to gain strength in the early second half and essentially put away St. Mary’s behind the efforts of sophomore Harry Higgins of Brisbane, Australia; flanker Steyn Benade and Potgieter.

The title now gives Arkansas State University five national titles: 2013 USA Rugby College 7s, 2012 USA Rugby College 7s, 1970 small college football national championship, 2013 International Public Debate Association Team Debate National Championship, and 2009 Moot Court national championship.