UALR headed to Virgin Islands in December; rest of schedule TBD

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This is the time of year when the schedule is just about complete. But UALR doesn’t have its nonconference slate nailed down.

The Trojans will open Sun Belt Conference play on Jan. 2 with a road trip to face a couple of conference newcomers. UALR will begin the 18-game schedule with a trip to Texas State and Texas-Arlington.
But it’s the nonconference portion of the schedule that has proven as difficult to put together as any in UALR Coach Steve Shields 11 seasons in Little Rock.

Burn The Horse has confirmed UALR will participate in a neutral site event. The Trojans will be in a tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands right before Christmas. UALR will play Jacksonville State in its opener and then the winner/loser of Southern Miss and Coppin State in its other game. UALR went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, last year.

In addition to the SEC’s Florida, UALR is in talks for road games at a regional Big XII school and at a regional American Athletic Conference school.

We reported previously that UALR would participate in an exempt event in which the Trojans would get a home game with North Florida and play road games against Florida, Middle Tennessee and Southern. UALR also has a road game at Tulsa, which was part of a multi-year home-and-home series previously signed.

If that sounds like a lot of games away from the Jack Stephens Center, you’re correct. UALR currently has just one home game but hopes to get at least five.

The entire 2013-2014 roster reported  back to Little Rock this week and began working with strength and conditioning coach John Barron. UALR will make a preseason trip to Canada in August.