Arkansas assistant T.J. Cleveland is among the potential candidates being mentioned for the head coaching job at Alabama-Birmingham. Cleveland, a native of Birmingham, was listed in the Birmingham News as one of three names “emerging in the speculation” as a possible replacement for Mike Davis. Cleveland worked at UAB under current Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson from 2002-2006. Cleveland, who got his start as a video assistant, has been an assistant with Anderson since 2005 and worked on the UAB staff and at Missouri.
Maybe the only surprise in Arkansas' blowout loss to Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday was the final margin of victory for the Wildcats, 23 points. That meant — for people who follow these things — that Kentucky, for the first time in 17 straight games, finally covered the betting "line" established by the Las Vegas oddsmakers. It seems like an NBA rookie team like the one John Calipari has assembled would be naming its score, especially at home, every night. Tuesday night on ESPN's Super Tuesday telecast, the Wildcats pretty much did that, though Arkansas didn't help itself at all.
Mike Anderson’s Arkansas basketball staff will look just like the one he had at Missouri.
Arkansas confirmed that Anderson will bring assistant coaches T.J. Cleveland, Matt Zimmerman and Melvin Watkins (associate head coach) with him, plus director of basketball operations Jeff Daniels and strength and conditioning coach David Deets. Anderson said keeping continuity was important to him implementing his system with the Razorbacks.