Razor-back out: Altman changes mind, returns to Creighton
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) – One day after accepting the head coaching
job at Arkansas, Dana Altman changed his mind Tuesday and is returning to
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas Chancellor John White
held an evening news conference and announced that Altman was returning to
Creighton. Altman was also at the news conference and cited family interests
as to why his is returning to the Bluejays program and passing up on a
reported $1.5 million for the next five years with the Razorbacks.
In 13 seasons with Creighton, Altman has led the team to a 260-141 record,
seven NCAA Tournament appearances and three NIT appearances. His team finished
22-11 this past season and won the Missouri Valley Conference title with a
67-61 win over No. 11 Southern Illinois before falling to Nevada in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament, 77-71.
Stan Heath was fired at Arkansas just last week after leading the Razorbacks
to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons. He spent five
years in Fayetteville and guided the school to a record of 82-71. On Monday,
when Altman was introduced at Arkansas, Heath accepted the head coaching job
at South Florida.
Despite the winning record, Heath’s teams were just 31-49 in the rugged
Southeastern Conference. The Razorbacks were in danger of missing the NCAA
Tournament this year, but a run to the SEC Tournament title game helped them
gain an at-large bid. They were rewarded with a 12th seed in the NCAA tourney
and dropped a 77-60 decision to Southern California in the first round to
complete a 21-14 season.
The Razorbacks also suffered a first-round loss in the 2006 NCAA Tournament,
an appearance that ended a four-year NCAA drought.