Mike Anderson out as Arkansas men’s basketball coach

Mike Anderson out as Arkansas men’s basketball coach
Source: KAIT

FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - There’s a big change in hoops on the hill. Arkansas announced that Mike Anderson has been dismissed as head men’s basketball coach after 8 seasons.

He led the Razorbacks to 5 postseason appearances including 3 trips to the NCAA Tournament. But he couldn’t get the Hogs to the 2nd weekend in the Big Dance.

Arkansas finished 18 and 16 this season, falling to Indiana in the 2nd Round of the NIT.

Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek said the following in a statement.

"After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men’s basketball program for future success. In the past eight seasons, we have won a number of games and have made appearances in both the NIT and the NCAA Tournaments. However, in my evaluation, we have not sustained a consistent level of success against the most competitive teams in the nation to enable us to compete for SEC and NCAA Championships on an annual basis. That will continue to be the benchmark for our success throughout our athletic program. During his tenure with our program, Mike Anderson has represented the University of Arkansas in a first-class manner and with the highest level of integrity on and off the floor. We are grateful for Coach Anderson’s many contributions to our program and most of all for his investment in the lives of the many student-athletes he has coached. He has been a positive influence on their lives, encouraged them and supported them on, both their individual and collective, academic and athletic journeys. We wish Mike, his wife Marcheita and the entire Anderson family the very best.”

Mike Anderson responded to the news with this video message.

There are now 3 coaching vacancies in the SEC. The Razorbacks, Alabama and Vanderbilt are all hunting for new sideline generals.

Arkansas players took to twitter to respond to the news of the coaching change.

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