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Central Arkansas Bears
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School Name: University of Central Arkansas
Location: Conway, Arkansas
Arena: Farris Center
Capacity: 5,500
Conference: Southland
(ASUN in July 2021)
Head coach: Corliss Williamson

The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) is a state-run institution located in the city of Conway, the seat of Faulkner County, north of Little Rock. The school is most respected for its programs in Education, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. It is also the home of the UCA Honors College as well as four Residential Colleges.

UCA participates in 18 NCAA Division I varsity sports, with the football team competing in the lower of two levels of D-I football, FCS. Its men's teams are called the Bears and the women's are the Sugar Bears. UCA is a member of the Southland Conference through the 2020–21 school year, after which it will move to the ASUN Conference. The football team will be an associate member of the Western Athletic Conference for at least the 2021 season until the ASUN creates its own football league.

Probably the best-known basketball player at Central Arkansas was Scottie Pippen, the sixth pick of the 1987 NBA Draft, who went on to win six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and become a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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