Kimber Wallace Contributing writer
Outside of Arkansas, the Dallas area (just a few miles east of Arlington, Texas, home of the Cotton Bowl’s newest venue, Cowboys Stadium) houses one of the largest concentrations of University of Arkansas fans in the country.
“It’s definitely one of the biggest alumni chapters,” said John Reap, president of the Dallas chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association, and member of the board of directors for the Cotton Bowl. “It would be right up there with Fayetteville and Little Rock. You could call us one of the big three.”
Reap, who moved to the Dallas area immediately after graduating from the UA in 1970, said the AAA Dallas chapter has about 900 alumni members.
“In our zip codes that are in our chapter … we have a little over 4,000 alumni,” he said. “So (for membership) we’re running at about 25 percent, which is pretty much in line for the national average for the association.”
But K-State has thousands of fans in the area, too. According to the most recent K-State Alumni Association annual report, Texas is home to more than 11,000 K-State alumni and “friends.”
In fact, K-State’s visit to the Cotton Bowl is one of the reasons Reap said he’s so excited about this year’s match-up.
“I had a chance to visit with Bill Snyder when K-State came about 10 years ago, and I think a lot of him as an individual; he’s just a good person and a good coach,” he said. “(K-State) seems like a good, solid institution with a lot of character. So for me, being on the Cotton Bowl board, having K-State here will be just an honor.”