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Pelphrey’s Seat Heats Up

Despite beating Kentucky, locking up a solid recruiting class, and looking like Richie Cunningham, it looks like John Pelphrey’s days as Head Coach in Charge at Arkasnsas may be limited.  Similar to some of the controversy surrounding Tubby in his final years, a razorback fan took out an ad in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that torched the red head from KY.

The ad read:


For all of you who care about the future of Arkansas Razorback Basketball, we urge you to write your concerns and submit them as soon as possible. Please send these letters to the Governor, members of the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, President, Chancellor, and Athletic Director whose names and addresses are listed below. Let’s make this effort one of respect for all parties concerned.

There is quite a bit of evidence that Razorback fans are disturbed by what they see in the present outlook of Arkansas Basketball. This voicing of concerns is not intended to become a name calling contest or an attack upon anyone personally. It is only intended to be a ground-swell expression of bewildered and frustrated basketball supporters, many of whom know a great deal about the way the game should be played. We would like to bring this to the attention of the University’s decision-makers on the future of Arkansas basketball before too much time passes. This expression of your views is very important. Please be a part of it.


Okay, maybe that’s a little shy of ‘torching’ Pelphrey, but whenever a fan takes out an ad in a paper to urge others to get you fired, it’s not a good sign.  To be fair, after a strong start in Arkansas things have rapidly declined for the former Wildcat.  They are currently 7-8  in the SEC and likely going to miss out on a tourney berth, save for a run in the SEC tournament.  But hey, with wins against Kentucky and Vanderbilt this year, he’d probably be getting an extension and a statue erected if he were coaching for Indiana so that’s something.

Article written by Will Lentz

33 Comments for Pelphrey’s Seat Heats Up

  1. UK4Life01
    1:06 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Is this year 3 of Pel on the hotseat?

    1:07 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Arkansas will always suck anyway/ they got lucky when they beat us…

  3. bigpeezey
    1:14 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    talk about a 6 thinking they’re a 10

  4. stringmusic
    1:20 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I would love having him as an assistant on UK’s bench.

  5. TCBMan
    1:22 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe Pelphrey can join Coach Cals Staff 🙂 . That would be the Bees Knees. Also to everyone who gripes about Coach Cal, Take a look at what the Tubster is doing up North in Gopherland.

  6. Assistant Coach
    1:25 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Loved the indiana reference.

  7. Blueburg
    1:28 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t know why he hasn’t had a better yr with Powell, Clark and co. I think they’ll give him one more yr. I hope he turns it around. Being such a Ricky P-oriented coach, no way he’d ever join Cal’s staff though.

  8. Stuck in Arkansas
    1:29 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    As someone who is stuck in Arkansas and a huge Wildcat fan I can not tell you how heartbreaking that loss was. I guess I need to get over it though… As an observer The hogs will never have a successful basketball team until they learn to back their coach. Hog fans are very temperamental. They support the team ONLY if they win. I have nothin but love for Pelphrey and wish the best. I’m just sorry that he has to deal with these horrible fans.

  9. The Real Pioneer
    1:30 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink


  10. afidler
    1:36 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Arkansas has a number six in the nation class coming in next year and just beat Kentucky for the first time ever under Pelphrey and a solid win over Vandy on the road.

    Arkansas fans suck. That simple.

  11. voice of reason
    1:39 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    there were some who wanted pelphrey coaching uk although they wouldn’t admit it now

    watching ul-wvu on mute…could not imagine having to listen to doris burke for majority of our games like ul has to.. yikes.. i would take jimmy dykes any day

  12. halfcourtshots
    1:48 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    He has a really good recruiting class coming in next year. They should at should at least give him next year to see if there are improvements.

  13. BracketCat
    1:56 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    If the ad was taken out by the rank and file our man stays. If the ad was taken out by a certain family or 2 in the state then he is toast. fwiw, arkansas has had a better than average basketball team since the 40’s. Not saying elite like UK, KU, IU, or UNC but better than most.

  14. Bleedblue
    1:57 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    It’s Arkansas for god’s sake.

  15. Computer Blue
    2:15 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think he deserves one more year.

  16. Bundy
    2:18 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville just choked a game away. Knowles is an idiot.

  17. Al's IndiCats
    2:21 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Almost Heaven….Blue Ridge Mountain, Shanondoah River. I didn’t use to like John Denver, but I love that song now…..Man I love Preston “da Brush” Knowles

  18. Computer Blue
    2:27 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Georgia down 6 at the half, looking good.

  19. Bundy
    2:28 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

  20. Nassau65
    2:28 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    11. I do that with Jimmy Dykes. “look for the nail”, and “guard the ball”. Someone needs to take than damn drawing board away from him and smack him with it.

  21. bung
    2:38 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    i listen to uk radio every game….I hope we run vs Tn its the only time we look really good….Pel and Ford r good coaches…Ark was usually good with Sutton and Richardson

  22. bluekz
    2:52 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    It’s Arkansas. What are they expecting?

  23. Big Blue 66
    3:19 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    The IU reference should have noted the similarities between Ar and Ind. both schools mistakenly thought they had a program when they really just happened to have a coach in his best era.

  24. Han
    3:21 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    So if Pel does leave or get dismissed/fired, where would he go? Does he sit out a year or two and hope for another head coaching job, go announce for ESPN like other fired SEC coaches, or does he go to be an assistant somewhere, likely with one of his mentors/friends? Obviously you need a staff member to move on for that kind of thing, but the obvious places for him to try to rebuild his resume would be Florida, Alabama, Louisville or UK. (The first two being his former boss and co-worker as well as friends, the third his old coach, and UK of course his alma mater.)

  25. bubba
    3:32 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    8. You’re discription of Arkansas fans only supporting the coach when they are winning sounds like a lot of Kentucky fans.

    Is there a lesson for us in there somewhere? Na, This is Kentucky, we deserve to win…..what was I thinking???

  26. Al's IndiCats
    3:45 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Bama wins…Oh yeah Hogs and the ones who penned that letter, YOU SUCK!…Almost heaven West Ba-Ginia, Blue ridge mountains….well you get the idea

  27. Paintsville
    3:59 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Do these Arkansas fans not realize that like 10 coaches turned down this job before Pelfrey accepted? Arkansas is a decent gig, but not a destination job.

  28. Cat in TN
    5:02 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    You might be a redneck if you have to take out an ad in the newspaper to communicate with the powerful and are not actually invited to the par-tay!

  29. duhville cat
    5:05 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Pelphrey looks like he just saw Justin Bieber.

  30. matfug
    8:58 pm March 5, 2011 Permalink

    Wish john the best! But I’m still trying to figure out where the hell his accent comes from…he is from eastern ky, but tries to talk like ricky p??????hmmmm???

  31. catstang
    4:57 am March 6, 2011 Permalink

    Bring him back home to Kentucky were he belongs! Go Cats

  32. Akansas fans suck
    6:13 pm March 6, 2011 Permalink

    Arkansas will never have a basketball team as long as they refuse to support their coach. A FAN means through thick and thin. No coach will consider this desolate program with their track record of hire and fire without the opportunity to build a program. Nolan was an awesome coach and Frank Broyles ran him off.

  33. Tom Blevins
    8:30 pm March 6, 2011 Permalink

    What will Arkansas do if they fire Pelphrey and next year’s recruits want a release from their LOIs? Oh yeah, fire the next coach when he takes too long to build up the program.