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Saturday night, I had the privilege of flying to the football game in Magnolia. The Bisons gave a clinic on how to win a football game, and you can read the game story here. I took a ton of game photos which will be posted later today onĀ Hardingsports.com. I love this photo of Dr. Ganus because it is so typical of him. Dr. Ganus loves athletics, and he loves the Bisons. You can always find him on the field congratulating the athletes after a win or encouraging them after a loss. He knows most of them by name, and by the end of the season he will know them all. You can always count on Dr. Ganus reading the stats after the game. This photo was taken on the plane on the return trip to Searcy. Of course, my real camera was in the back of the plane so I shot this with my iPhone. Its a little grainy and maybe a little overexposed, but I like it because it captures Dr. Ganus enjoying one of his passions.

Jeff Montgomery, photographer

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Even in the summer, big things are happening in Harding athletics. Early yesterday morning, we received word that during the last school year, HardingSports.com received nearly 30,000 views on our live sports streaming link. An average of 1,131 people per game watched the University’s home football games on their computers during the season. Other sports also had very encouraging numbers.

Also yesterday morning, the baseball team was named the Arkansas Team of the Year and head coach Dr. Patrick McGaha was named Arkansas Coach of the Year by Natural State Baseball.

Just after lunch yesterday, exciting news broke for a former Bison baseball player. Jason Nappi, who just completed his Harding baseball career, became only the third University baseball player ever drafted in the Major League Baseball Draft. He was selected in the 42nd round by the Los Angeles Angels.

Late this afternoon, the Gulf South Conference released its Spring Academic All-GSC teams. The University had 10 honorees, running its total to 26 Academic All-GSC honorees during the 2010-11 school year. Harding’s 26 honorees were the most of any GSC school. West Florida was second with 20.

For more information on athletics, visit HardingSports.com.

Scott Goode, sports information director

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