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Arkansas’ Powell “Can’t Comment” On Relationship With Pelphrey

When a coach is in trouble, every little ripple can turn into a tidal wave.  And Marshawn Powell is splashing around in John Pelphrey’s pool.

During a lengthy interview with reporters, the Arkansas sophomore was asked if there was any truth to rumors that his relationship with his head coach is strained.  His answer:

“I really can’t comment on that too much.”  Asked to clarify, Powell said, “I can’t talk about it.”  Asked why he can’t talk about it he replied, “I choose not to, man.”

But by choosing not to comment (man), Powell has thrown another log on the fire burning beneath his coach’s seat.  Chris Bahn of writes that the Pelphrey-Powell divide “doesn’t make for a healthy locker room in a program that has been beset by player-player and player-coach chemistry issues since Pelphrey arrived.”

If Powell wanted to give his head coach one more issue to have to explain and dance around, mission accomplished.  And that’s exactly what Pelphrey needed this year — another distraction.

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