Posted on: March 23, 2011 5:34 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 5:38 pm

Source: Anderson headed back to Arkansas

Mike Anderson has agreed in principle to leave Missouri and become the next men's basketball coach at Arkansas, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.

An official announcement is expected soon.

Anderson was heavily involved in the Arkansas search over the weekend -- so much so that a source told CBSSports.com late Saturday that the two sides were close to reaching an agreement. Discussions continued Monday despite a report from ESPN.com that stated Anderson had already decided to remain at Missouri. Everything intensified Tuesday and Wednesday, at which point Arkansas secured a commitment from Anderson -- the man who assisted Nolan Richardson for 17 seasons in Fayetteville before landing his first head coaching job at UAB.

Anderson coached Missouri for five seasons.

He made the NCAA tournament each of the past three years.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 13, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2011 2:30 pm

Source: Arkansas fires Pelphrey

Arkansas fired John Pelphrey as its basketball coach Sunday, a source told CBSSports.com.

An official announcement is expected soon.

The decision comes three days after CBSSports.com published a picture of Pelphrey posing with two high school juniors in violation of NCAA bylaws. In response to the report, an Arkansas spokesperson said the school would "review" the situation. Athletic director Jeff Long acknowledged he believed the story proved a violation had occurred, but he declined further comment.

Pelphrey just completed his fourth season at Arkansas.

He had a losing SEC record each of the past three seasons.

Missouri's Mike Anderson is expected to be Arkansas' primary target.

He was a 17-year assistant at Arkansas under legendary coach Nolan Richardson.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:01 pm

Odds are Missouri will open with a win

Missouri will become the last ranked team to open its season tonight.

The 15th-ranked Tigers are hosting Western Illinois at 8 ET.

They'll win not only because they're good (and way better than Western Illinois), but because they're a Big 12 school, and Big 12 schools don't lose home games to non-league opponents. For proof, consider that Big 12 teams have won 83 consecutive home games against non-league oppoents heading into today's slate of games. The streak will move to 87 consecutive games as long as Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Oklahoma aren't upset tonight.

Meantime, Arkansas also opens today.

The Hogs host Grambling State at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas and Missouri are the only two BCS-affiliated schools yet to play a game, as of this minute.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:30 pm

Madden changes course again, will sign Friday

Rashad "Ky" Madden has changed his mind again.

This time it's good for Arkansas.

"I talked to my dad and told [the Arkansas staff] that I'm going to sign on Friday," Madden told ESPN.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep late Tuesday, this after telling the Arkansas Democrat Gazette hours earlier that he would not sign with Arkansas in the early period that starts Wednesday. It's the latest twist in a recruitment that's had many, among them Madden's initial commitment to Arkansas that came in September even though he, according to multiple sources, was telling staffs up until the morning of his press conference that he planned to play at Ole Miss.

Madden signing Friday means Arkansas' five-player class is in tact.

Four of the prospects are consensus top 100 recruits in the Class of 2011.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 1:17 pm

Arkansas recruit opts not to sign early

Rashad 'Ky' Madden will not sign with Arkansas this week despite being committed to the Razorbacks, according to a report by Richard Davenport in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Madden, a 6-foot-5 wing and consensus top 50 prospect in the Class of 2011, told Davenport he remains committed to the Hogs, but that he's concerned with the number of guards projected to be a part of the Arkansas program next season, and that he won't sign with any school until the late period. It's an interesting development due to the fact that Madden's commitment was deemed strange when it happened in late September, mostly because he was, according to multiple sources, telling people up until minutes before his press conference that he planned to sign with Ole Miss over other finalists Arkansas and Baylor.

Arkansas still has three prospects expected to sign this week.

They are B.J. Young, Hunter Mickelson, Aaron Ross and DeVonta Abron.

Young, Mickelson and Ross are all considered to be top 100 national prospects.
Posted on: October 28, 2010 5:15 pm

Memphis lands Sporting News No. 1 prospect

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis coach Josh Pastner secured a commitment from the city's best prospect -- and a certain McDonald's All-American -- for the second straight year when Adonis Thomas announced Thursday that he will play college basketball for his hometown Tigers.

"Coach Pastner and the staff were just great from the beginning," Thomas said. "I love Memphis. … It was just the best place for me."

The Sporting News has ranked Thomas as the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011, and MaxPreps.com has him No. 3. The 6-foot-6 wing plays at Melrose High in Memphis. He chose the Tigers over UCLA, Florida, Arkansas and Tennessee during a press conference that was carried live by local television stations. It's a development that should allow Pastner to continue to build on the momentum created last year when he signed a class ranked second nationally by Scout.com that was headlined by Joe Jackson, a McDonald's All-American who is, like Thomas, a product of Memphis City Schools.

Thomas is the Tigers' first commitment from the Class of 2011.

National Signing Day is Nov. 10.
Posted on: September 29, 2010 11:59 am
Edited on: September 29, 2010 12:01 pm

Arkansas lands fourth top 100 recruit

Rashad 'Ky' Madden, a consensus top 50 national recruit in the Class of 2011, announced Wednesday morning that he plans to play college basketball at Arkansas.

Madden, a senior at East Poinsett County High in Arkansas, chose the Hogs over offers from Ole Miss and Baylor.

The 6-foot-5 guard is ranked 43rd nationally by MaxPreps.com. He's the fourth top 100 prospect to commit to Arkansas. The others are No. 49 B.J. Young, No. 55 Hunter Mickelson and No. 90 Aaron Ross.
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: September 28, 2010 1:44 pm

Another elite recruit ready to commit

Rashad 'Ky' Madden, a consensus top 30 national recruit, will announce his college decision Wednesday morning.

Madden is a 6-foot-5 wing and senior at East Poinsett County High in Arkansas.

He visited Ole Miss this past weekend and is reportedly set to choose between Ole Miss, Baylor and Arkansas.
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