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Donovan Doesn’t Understand Pelphrey’s Firing

John Pelphrey is a former Billy Donovan assistant.  That explains why Florida’s coach is questioning Arkansas’ decision to part with its fourth-year head coach.

“John’s situation, I feel bad for.  It’s an unfortunate situation because I’m not really sure, I mean (former UA coach) Stan Heath, I think took two teams to the NCAA Tournament.  And they make a change.

“Then John goes in there and goes to the NCAA Tournament with all of Stan’s players and does a good job coaching them.  He’s in his third year with his entire team returning with a top 5 recruiting class, that doesn’t makes sense to me.”

It makes sense in this respect — Arkansas has lost millions of dollars in ticket/merchandise/concession revenue as attendance has nosedived during the Pelphrey era.  UA AD Jeff Long said yesterday that that was not an “overriding” factor, but the loss of millions of dollars is always an overriding factor in an athletic department.

For that reason, we don’t believe Long’s assertion that money wasn’t a big issue.

“I think at Arkansas they’re going to have to make a decision,” Donovan said.  “Are they going to let somebody? — because every time you mkae that kind of decision, first of all you don’t know if any of the recruits are going to stay.  You don’t know if any of the older players are going to stay.  So if you have mass exodus there, they’re starting off worse than when John took over.

“The unfortunate part is they’re going to get a good coach, and it’s a good program, and it’s a good situation.  But at some point they’re going to have to let whoever is in there be able to do the job.”

Agreed.  As we’ve stated before, Pelphrey should have been given one more year to prove himself.  Instead, the Hogs are starting all over again.


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