Story and pics by Mike Price
After 8 seasons, Coach Mike Anderson was let go today by the University of Arkansas. He finished with a record of 169-102 and no losing seasons. The Razorbacks finished this season 18-16 and a NIT appearance, winning at Providence then losing at Indiana. They finished 9th in the SEC.
Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek stated, “After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men’s basketball program for future success.” He added, “In the past eight seasons, we have won a number of games and have made appearances in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. However, in my evaluation, we have not sustained a consistent level of success against the most competitive teams in the nation to enable us to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships on an annual basis. That will continue to be the benchmark for our success throughout our athletic program.”
Between being head coach and an assistant under Nolan Richardson, Anderson has been with the University of Arkansas for a combined 25 years. In between there were stints as head coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham for four seasons and five seasons at Missouri after being an assistant in Fayetteville for 17 years.
Kelvin Sampson’s name, current head coach with the University of Houston, is one of the potential rumored options and does have ties with Yurachek who was also previously with the University of Houston as AD. The University of Arkansas announced a national search was under way immediately.