I can’t be the only one that was hoping he would end up at Texas Tech with Billy Gillispie…
Looks like new Arkansas coach Mike Anderson is being a little piggish with his new players. Towards the end of John Pelphrey’s tenure, rumors were beginning to swirl that leading scorer and Miz lookalike Rotnei Clarke was unsatisfied with how things were going at Arkansas. When Pelphrey was shown the door, Clarke took that as a good a reason as any to head out and requested a transfer. He was encouraged by school officials to wait it out, see who the new coach was and get to know him before pushing forward towards a new school, and Rotnei agreed. Arkansas hired Mike Anderson away from Missouri, Clarke presumably got to know him, and then followed through with requesting a transfer.
Only now it looks like Mike Anderson isn’t going to let Clarke go.
This isn’t over yet, but as it stands, Clarke requested his release on Monday and according to him, was told by Mike Anderson his request would not be fulfilled. Calrke told Jeff Goodman of CBS that he has not been able to reach his Athletic Director Jeff Long – and CBS couldn’t contact him either.
It looks like Clarke may be stuck at Arkansas for his tenure, though it would honestly be a move that would shock me from first year coach Anderson. I understand why you wouldn’t want to let one of your best players transfer, but it does send a terrible message to recruits – and certainly having your team leader return feeling as though he was forced to be there won’t be good for team morale.
And for those keeping track at home – that’s what being a ‘Coach First’ program means.