Red Wolves, Malzahn look for Little Rock presence, seek BCS-level foe

LITTLE ROCK ( - Why can't this state of nearly 3 million people not only support two NCAA bowl subdivision programs, but two college teams that annually finish in the Top 25 national rankings? Gus Malzahn believes Arkansas can do it.

And, if the University of Arkansas is only playing two games a season in Little Rock and is taking its one, alternating years rivalry game (LSU) from War Memorial Stadium to its home campus in Fayetteville, why can't Arkansas State's football program fill a void in Central Arkansas with an annual visit? Malzahn, ASU's new head football coach, believes the Red Wolves can establish such a presence here.

Malzahn brought his vision of Arkansas State football to the Rotary Club of Little Rock, Club 99, on Tuesday, and he also shared the same ideas with the Little Rock print and TV media afterward at the Doubletree Hotel. Arkansas State is pursuing playing a BCS-level opponent, one whose fans would travel well, at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium, and Malzahn would like a Little Rock game on the schedule every year.

"Next year's schedule is complete," he said, referring to the fall slate that features trips to Oregon and Nebraska. "We are looking at a couple of dates in 2013. … I could see us beginning to play in Little Rock starting in that season."