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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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  • RestoftheStory
    March 24, 2011 at 12:34 a.m.

    I'll be glad when the next 4 years are over so we can get that great coach we were promised. I thought Jeff Long said we would hire a high level coach from an accomplished program. Since when has UAB or Missouri been classified as top notch basketball programs? If this is what Jeff Long means by high calibre coach, we need a new Athletic Director.

    Anderson will not recruit big guys to control the game. The commentators on CBS this past weekend (Charles Barkley and the Boys) mentioned that you have to get big guys to control things to get past the first round of the NCAA tournament. You won't win in the longrun with piggie runts running without a system. Duke, Ohio State, Kansas, and North Carolina will annihilate them. Florida, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and even Auburn will enjoy playing the little piggies now. Get ready to change the Hog Call to a little bit of oinking, grunting, and groaning.

  • Testingonetwothree
    March 24, 2011 at 7:08 a.m.

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

    while teachers get a year to year contract at below the market salary???
    and if teachers leave they do not get anything, if he leaves he leaves RICH

    makes NO sense at all

  • jdrew_fox16-com
    March 24, 2011 at 8:25 a.m.

    welcome back Mike, it's been a long time coming, go Hogs!!!

  • faithful63
    March 24, 2011 at 10:03 a.m.

    Yes Mike Anderson got offered $2.2 million annually as well he should have. The football coach just got an increase in pay to $3.5 million. It is to bad teachers don't get that type of pay....but face it ATHLETICS bring the money to the institution. We all choose our lot in life. If you choose to teach, just know you won't get paid like a coach. If you choose to be a doctor, you get doctors pay. If you choose to be a clerk at a convenience store you get paid accordingly. As far as I am concerned the man should have gotten offered $2.9 million with a hefty increase after his first successful year. If you don't like what you get paid, make a change, get trained in a field that pays more and don't complain about others great forturnes.

  • Tigerman
    March 24, 2011 at 11:33 a.m.

    Did you hear about the coach that left Missouri for Arkansas and raised the I.Q. of both states?

  • arkiebychoice
    March 25, 2011 at 12:23 a.m.

    Tigerman...I would go pimp you out at the local comedy club except I am not much into starving and being homelessness. faithful63...what can ya say. Money is most peoples God anymore. The list is endless as to who deserves more pay but as long as "best interest" supercedes "What is right" then this will do nothing but continue.

  • crankbait40
    March 25, 2011 at 7:48 a.m.

    old joke tigerboy but like the state saying show me,we did.

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