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Richardson pact, chancellor's tenure end Monday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas reached two milestones Monday - its contract with fired basketball coach Nolan Richardson ends and the chancellor who helped show him the door is stepping down after 11 years at the Fayetteville campus.

Chancellor John White says he didn't realize the coincidence. But in an interview with The Associated Press, White said Athletic Director Jeff Long and current Arkansas coach John Pelphrey should develop a relationship with Richardson.

White says -- quote -- "we need to let the healing begin."

White and then-Athletic Director Frank Broyles fired Richardson on March 1, 2002, after the coach said he would leave if the school would buy out his contract. With the dismissal, the Razorbacks' fund-raising arm was obligated to pay Richardson $500,000 a year through June 30, 2008.

 

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