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story.lead_photo.caption Former Arkansas assistant and current Missouri Coach Mike Anderson had been linked to Arkansas’ men’s basketball head coaching vacancy since John Pelphrey was fired March 13.

— Mike Anderson has officially been named Arkansas' head men's basketball coach, according to a news release distributed Wednesday evening.

The University of Arkansas is expected to hold a press conference Thursday.

"We are extremely excited to welcome home Mike Anderson to the University of Arkansas as our new head men's basketball coach," said Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics at the university.

Anderson, who attended a funeral Wednesday morning in Tulsa, was expected to meet with his team at Missouri Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

Anderson, who has spent the last five seasons as head coach for the Tigers, has been considered the leading candidate to fill the void at Arkansas left when John Pelphrey was fired March 13.

Anderson's contract at Arkansas, which was approved by the Razorback Foundation Wednesday, will be for seven years and worth $2.2 million annually.

Missouri worked diligently to keep Anderson, going as far as offering to extend his contract through the 2018 season and raise his annual salary to $2 million, according to multiple reports.

Anderson had a 111-57 record with the Tigers, leading the team to the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons. Missouri lost to Cincinnati last Thursday in the second round of the tournament.

Despite Missouri's attempts, Anderson's affection for Arkansas - where he spent 17 seasons as an assistant coach for Nolan Richardson - was too much to pass up. During his time in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks went to three Final Fours, won the 1994 national championship and moved into the spacious Bud Walton Arena.

Anderson served as Arkansas' interim coach for the final two games in 2002 after Richardson was fired. He interviewed for the head coaching job after the season, but Stan Heath was ultimately hired.

Anderson was hired shortly thereafter at Alabama-Birmingham, where he finished with an 89-41 record in four seasons, leading the Blazers to three NCAA Tournament appearances.


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  • catscan18
    March 23, 2011 at 7:38 p.m.

    The yahoos in missouri just lost the best coach they ever had. Stormin NORMAN WAS THE LAST SO-CALLED BIG COACH THAT THE MIZZOU HAD. Go arkansas and beat that lowly Missouri team.
    Coach Anderson will lead the arkansas razarbacks back to glory and leave Truman the tiger mascot in the dustbin of failures that is missouri basketball. You also leave the number 1 crime city like st.louis far behind your rear view mirror.

    john jett- the lone wolf.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:41 p.m.

    He proved in Missouri that he cannot recruit forwards that can score or if he recruits them, they do not score. Regardless, I am a MIZZOU fan and have been hoping this would be the outcome.

  • johnparrish
    March 23, 2011 at 8:20 p.m.

    Great Hire Jeff Long.... Welcome back HAWGBALL............. Im ready to order my tickets....... This guy can do the job.........jwp

  • RBBrittain
    March 23, 2011 at 8:31 p.m.

    Even more proof Frank Broyles ran away too many good coaches. We finally got the coach we shoulda hired when Nolan was fired--but then, Frank shouldn't have fired Nolan when he did. Good job, Jeff!

  • ArNatuve
    March 23, 2011 at 8:32 p.m.

    Welcome home Mike. Most Missouri fans do not know how special this is...the lost and found love relationship the Hog fans have with you. It is truly special and the whole world will know when we rock the house as you take the floor with the young Hell Hogs of 2012. No disrespect to Missouri women in their own right is a class university but the fire pits that fire the fourth minutes of hell could not keep us apart. A few of us know that this is the only job you would left the tigers for. Congratulations coach Anderson. We welcome you home with open arms and huge expectations...if you don't mind.

  • benson-daryl13_gmail-com
    March 23, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.


  • readerguy
    March 23, 2011 at 8:59 p.m.

    I think this is a good thing

  • sebirkin
    March 23, 2011 at 10:59 p.m.

    Arkansas screwed over John Pelphrey. Did you think a young coach was gonna deliver with subpar players to work with? Then he signs a leading class of players next year and has it pulled out from under him. Given to a new coach with a much bigger salary. Mike Anderson told the Mizzou fans just 6 days ago he would stay. Nice.

  • ainttooproud
    March 23, 2011 at 11:37 p.m.

    Great. We get to watch a bunch of undercoached tall guards go 22 - 10 making it to the sweet 32 every other year. Mizzou is smiling all the way to a good coach.

  • ainttooproud
    March 23, 2011 at 11:46 p.m.

    Time to start looking for the next hire in 2016. Wonder who Gillespie's assistants are? Or Bill Self? I bet there's a young guy up there in Lawrence that's developing into a good coaching prospect. Well...the good news is we've got football to distract us while this 5-year debacle plays out. 2012: Beat Winthrop in first round, lose to Cincinnati in second. 2013: Lose to UAB in first round. 2014: Beat UTEP in first round, lose to Texas Tech in overtime in second round. And so we go......Woo Pig Fooie! Congrats Mizzou!