The football stadium at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark. (RoadTripSports.com photo by Kendall Webb)
RoadTripSports.com boss Kendall Webb drove down to Frisco, Texas, for the FCS National Championship game. That meant, of course, that he had to drive back. Along the way Webb stopped off at some schools in Arkansas to take some stadium and campus galleries. This stop found Webb at Henderson State University, nicknamed the Reddies. Here’s Webb’s take:
Henderson State University is a public liberal arts university located in the city of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Initially a private college founded as Arkadelphia Methodist College, the school was turned over to the state in 1929 after negotiations with state lawmakers and the state Methodist convention led to an agreement to prevent the school’s closure. It then became Henderson State Teacher’s College and embarked upon its current mission. It is named for Charles Christopher Henderson, an early trustee of the university and a prominent Arkadelphian. It shares a rivalry with Ouachita Baptist University, also located in Arkadelphia, and in fact, the stadiums for the two football programs are just across the highway from each other in plain view. The two schools share one of the oldest rivalries in the NCAA’s Division II having first met on the gridiron in 1895. Henderson State’s mascot is the ‘Reddies’ – a reference to the team’s red uniforms that evolved from the “Reds” as the team was originally known.
It was a beautiful day for photos and Webb took some great ones.
More to come from Webb’s drive back to Tennessee.
Until next time …