Report: Arkansas to hire Pelphrey
Fayetteville, AR (Sports Network) – The University of Arkansas will reportedly
name South Alabama’s John Pelphrey as the new head coach of the Razorbacks.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Pelphrey agreed to become the coach
Sunday and the school was expected to make the hiring official on Monday.
South Alabama finished with a 20-12 record this past season, Pelphrey’s fifth
season with the Jaguars. In 2006, Pelphrey led the Jags to the Sun Belt
Conference West Division title, Sun Belt Conference championship and a berth
in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.
Pelphrey’s five-year record at South Alabama stands at 80-67.
This would mark a return to the Southeastern Conference for Pelphrey, who
played at Kentucky from 1988-92.
The hiring of Pelphrey would end a rocky process for the Razorbacks. They
fired Stan Heath last month. Dana Altman then agreed to take the job, but one
day later changed his mind and returned to Creighton.
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.