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The Daily Call – Dec. 17, 2013

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – Dec. 17, 2013

Welcomeback to The Daily Call!

Today send out a special Hog Call to congratulate die-hard Razorback fan Canaan Sandy on his induction into ESPN’s #FanHallOfFame!

Canaan Sandy of the @ArkRazorbacks is officially a #FanHallOfFame inductee. Retweet this to congratulate him. pic.twitter.com/t2w7VB8cmX

– ESPN (@espn) December 16, 2013

Sandy has been a Razorback fan since he was two months old, when he attended his first game. His mother, Ginger, entered him into the competition because he refers to himself as the most dedicated fan the Hogs ever had. He has the Razorbacks’ schedule memorized, travels four hours each way to see Arkansas play and has taught his entire church to call the Hogs.

The three members of the 2013 class will be honored with their names engraved above stadium chairs on the lawn of ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn., during an induction ceremony in 2014. Each of the three inductees, who were selected by a diverse panel of judges, received more than 85,000 votes on the Fan Hall of Fame website during the 10 days of public voting. Sandy is joined in this year’s class by Barbara Rust and Pierce Wallace.

"The inductees received outstanding support from their teams, communities and fellow fans throughout the voting period," Jeffrey Gonyo, senior director of sports marketing at ESPN, said. "We look forward to bringing Barbara, Canaan and Pierce to our headquarters to honor their passion and dedication."

Earlier this week, Sandy took a tour of the new football facilities and even met up with Travis Swanson along the way:

Collen Holds Second @RazorbackWBB Luncheon Of Season University of Arkansas women’s basketball head coach @TomCollen held his second luncheon of the season on Monday, sharing a meal and conversation with Razorback fans and supporters at the Guest House International. You can find some of his comments on the Razorbacks and their 11-0 start here.

@deedee44west @AnakaFaussurier and Bria Pitts speaking with the crowd at the @RazorbackWBB luncheon! pic.twitter.com/a6gy7jo9Xp

– RazorbackWBB (@RazorbackWBB) December 16, 2013

@RazorbackBSB Names 2014 Team Captains Junior left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks, redshirt sophomore outfielder Tyler Spoon and senior catcher Jake Wise have been named team captains for the 2014 Arkansas baseball season. For more information, click here.

Swanson Earns Third All-America Recognition Travis Swanson was named a first-team All-American by SB Nation yesterday, adding a third All-America honor to his postseason awards haul. The senior center give head coach Bret Bielema a first-team All-American at center for the third straight year and is the ninth All-American offensive lineman in Coach Bielema’s eight years as a head coach. For more information, click here.

@RazorbackFB Places Four On True Freshman All-American Team Arkansas led the nation with four offensive players on the 247Sports True Freshman All-American Team released yesterday. Alex Collins, Hunter Henry and Dan Skipper earned first-team recognition, giving the Razorbacks a nation-leading three representatives on the first-team offense, and Denver Kirkland was a second-team selection. To read more about the recognition, click here.

Men’s Cross Country and Track & Field Receives John McDonnell Program of the Year Award

In recognition of the standout season by all three aspects of the program, the University of Arkansas men’s cross country and track and field team was named the 2012-13 John McDonnell Program of the Year, as announced in June. Head Coach Chris Bucknam was present last night in Orlando, Fla. to formally accept the award at the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame Banquet. Now in its fifth season, the award is given by the USTFCCCA to the most successful combined program during the academic year. The full release on the award can be read here.

Coach Buck accepting the Program of the Year award named after legendary Razorback coach John McDonnell. #WPS pic.twitter.com/mxoBEE34s0

– Arkansas T&F Manager (@ArkTrackManager) December 17, 2013

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