Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Done Deal. Mike Anderson To Arkansas
As expected Mike Anderson was named the new head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks.
It's a homecoming for Anderson who spent 17 years as an assistant to Nolan Richardson at Arkansas.
"We are extremely excited to welcome home Mike Anderson to the University of Arkansas as our new head men's basketball coach," Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said.
"Under Mike's leadership, I am confident the Razorbacks will be successful in the future on and off the court. The decision to hire Mike Anderson as head coach is based on my firm belief that he is the right person to lead the Razorback program today and in the years to come."
"I am extremely excited to once again be a part of this special University and Razorback Athletics." Mike Anderson said. "With the continued passionate support of all Razorback fans, I am confident that we will have the opportunity to succeed on and off the court and continue to build on the University of Arkansas' championship tradition."
The Razorback Foundation board has approved a contract that will pay Anderson $2.2 million a year for seven years, with a $500,000 buyout clause.
After years of stability and NCAA Tournament appearances first under Eddie Sutton and then Nolan Richardson, the Arkansas men's basketball program had been anything but stable since Richardson was let go in 2002. Razorback fans are hoping with Anderson returing to Fayetteville the program will stablize and return to it's winning ways.
Here's player reaction, thanks to our friends at KTHV-TV in Little Rock.