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Mike Anderson to Arkansas — maybe

By: 23 March 2011 No Comment

Unless you’re one of those Arkansans who has been unconscious for the past couple of weeks, you’re well aware that the University of Arkansas told head basketball coach John Pelphrey to hit the road on March 13.

Naturally, there has been much speculation about who is to replace the much-maligned Pelphrey. We’ve heard that Minnesota’s Tubby Smith might take the gig, of course, and one name that keeps popping up is Missouri’s Mike Anderson.

Anderson’s name has — you guessed it — popped up once again. If this story from 40/29 is correct, then Anderson will be in Fayetteville today busily negotiating a deal to take over as the basketball coach for the Razorbacks. We’ll not get too excited just yet, considering how these coaching searches in Arkansas go and the fact that USA Today is as confused about what Anderson will do as everyone else.

Indeed, it’s a rumor until we see official confirmation from the UA (which will probably hit first). So, stay tuned — we’ll post something as soon as we know something.

Anderson, of course, was an assistant to Nolan Richardson for 17 years, including those times the deposed coach led Arkansas to an NCAA championship in 1994 against Duke and a loss in the final round to UCLA in 1995.

UPDATE (7:45 p.m.) — Ah, the fun continues. Fox 16 reports that Anderson to Arkansas is a done deal and that a contract has been signed — a 7-year, $2.2 million contract with a $500,000 buyout clause, to be precise.

There’s still no confirmation from the University of Arkansas, however, and the Fox report states a press conference will be probably be held tomorrow to make it all official. We’ll see.

UPDATE (10 p.m.) — Yep. It’s official.

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