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Oliver Elders won 656 games, four state championships and two Overall titles as a coach in the Little Rock School District.

One of his secrets to success could be tied to his use of ropes.

"Everybody on our team had a major vertical," said Raymond Hopes, who played for Horace Mann High School in 1970-1971. "We jumped with a heavy rope every day, five minutes at the beginning of practice."

One decade later, the routine changed but the use of ropes remained.

"When we played, we used ropes but they weren't those double ropes," said Tim Scott, who played on Elders' first state championship team in 1981. "They were regular jump ropes, but we jumped for 30 minutes every day."

Little Rock Hall honored Elders on Monday night during the Warriors' season opener, with many of his former players in attendance. The players presented Elders with a signed basketball.

It's all white

The New Orleans Saints will wear white Sunday in their home game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of a golf bet made between Saints Coach Sean Payton and Eagles Coach Doug Pederson.

Payton and Pederson were playing golf with each other at the NFL meetings in March and decided to come up with some bets as the round progressed.

One of those bets, according to what the coaches revealed on a conference call Monday, involved the winner being able to wear home jerseys when the Eagles visited New Orleans in Week 11.

Pederson won, which means the Eagles will wear green inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday.

"There's a good chance it involved me being in the water," Payton said on the call, according to ESPN.

Payton joked on the call that if the two would have kept playing, Philadelphia might have ended up in the Saints' locker room for the game.

Winless in Indiana

Earlham College (Richmond, Ind.) has suspended its football program after a fifth consecutive winless season and a Division III record 53 consecutive losses.

The Quakers finished the season with a 70-6 loss to Rose-Hulman on Saturday. On Tuesday, interim President Avis Stewart announced the college will suspend the program for the 2019 season. A committee of alumni, faculty, athletes, and current and former Division III coaches and athletic directors will review the viability of the school having a football team.

The plan is for the program to return in 2020 under three conditions, including appropriate funding and recruitment of players as well as hiring a "highly qualified" coach.

Sports quiz

What NCAA FBS football program holds the record for the longest losing streak? Hint: The streak started in 1979.

Sports answer

Northwestern lost 34 consecutive games

Photo by Tim Cooper
Former Little Rock Hall coach Oliver Elders poses for pictures with some of his former players Monday after being presented with a signed basketball during a ceremony at the Warriors’ season opener.

Sports on 11/14/2018

Print Headline: Jumping rope kept its value in Elders' run

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