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Anderson To Call The Hogs Tomorrow

Mike Anderson will be introduced as the new Arkansas basketball coach tomorrow morning at Bud Walton Arena.  The event is open to the public, which leads to this question: Will the attendance for Anderson’s presser top the attendance at most Hog games this past year?

In an effort to smooth his protege’s re-entry into the Arkansas atmosphere, Nolan Richardson said yesterday that he won’t be running the UA program from afar.  There are some members of the Razorback family who worry that Anderson’s return might lead to his ex-boss becoming the school’s de facto coach.

“I may not even get in the building,” Richardson told  “You’re going to see me and say, ‘Wow, coach made it to the game tonight.’

“I might’ve made it that night, but don’t think ol’ Nolan is going to be sitting there going just like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah,’ every ballgame now.”

With Anderson’s introduction scheduled and Richardson promising to stay away, all eyes now turn to the top five signing class John Pelphrey had lined up before his exit.  It appears that at least two members of that class are already onboard with the hire of Anderson.

Anderson also returns to Arkansas at a time when in-state talent is on the rise.  Good thing.  Because the coach will need a deep, athletic team if he’s to lead the Hogs far into the NCAA tourney — via full-court pressing — as Richardson did from 1989 to 1996.



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