John Pelphrey Out as Basketball Coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks After Four Seasons

by Chris Bahn  on Sunday, Mar. 13, 2011 2:50 pm  

Arkansas coach John Pelphrey was fired Sunday. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

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John Pelphrey’s tenure at Arkansas is over.

Pelphrey was informed of the decision on Sunday during a meeting with Athletic Director Jeff Long.

Rob Evans will be the interim coach, a source said. Arkansas is currently waiting to hear if it has been picked to play in the NIT.

During his tenure as the Razorbacks’ basketball coach, Pelphrey compiled a 69-59 overall record and a 25-39 record in SEC games.

Pelphrey, who was making $1.2 million annually, is set to receive $600,000 per year the next three years as a buyout, totaling $1.8 million.

Long said in a UA release he was not pleased with the direction of the program.

“After a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of our men’s basketball program, including an assessment of the overall student-athlete experience within our program, it is clear that we have not made the progress over the last four years that is necessary to return Razorback Basketball to a place of national relevance,” Long said. “As a program, our initial goals are to challenge for Southeastern Conference championships, compete in the NCAA Tournament and support our student-athletes in the pursuit of a degree. Our program’s tradition demonstrates those goals are certainly attainable at the University of Arkansas.

"I want to thank John and his staff for their hard work and dedication to the Razorback program. I am appreciative of their efforts on behalf of the University of Arkansas." 

Names to watch through the process: Missouri's Mike Anderson, Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon, Marquette's Buzz Williams and former Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie. Minnesota's Tubby Smith, a former Kentucky coach, is another name to keep an eye on. will update this story.



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