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Rotnei Clarke Isn’t Walking Out That Door


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.

Article written by Will Lentz

12 Comments for Rotnei Clarke Isn’t Walking Out That Door

  1. Sexington
    8:11 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to see him lighting up 3s in Rupp wearing blue

  2. Park Diesel
    8:18 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    If that was one of our players the national media would be screaming about how unfair UK treats its players.

    Remember Marvin Stone? We did let him transfer and the national media still screamed about it.

  3. Jason
    8:50 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Hope he does stay, we owe him an L in Rupp next season. And 40 miserable minutes of Michael Gilchrist defense.

  4. BPsycho
    9:58 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Rotnei Clarke: ” What’s the record for most FG attempts in one game? “

  5. bung
    10:41 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Pelphrey was better than the school.

  6. Jimmy Snuka
    11:06 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    F the Hogs!

  7. RondosDribblingHand
    11:43 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Can Anderson even do that? I thought players could transfer out any time they wanted. Andrson sure had no trouble transferring from Mizzu to Arkansas.

  8. littlefeller
    4:03 am June 18, 2011 Permalink

    My thoughts exactly #8! Anderson is starting to fit right in the old “I quit-no I’m bluffing-I’ll sue you” coach of the 90’s. All he needs is a pair of cowboys boots. Sounds like “little man’s disease”!

  9. PillowTalk
    12:35 pm June 18, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA rule is that a transfer from a four-year school to another four-year school is required to sit out a full academic year unless they qualify for an exception.

    To receive this exception a student must never have transferred from a four-year school before, qualify academically, and have a release from the first school saying it does not object to the granting of the exception.

    So he can transfer he will just lose a lot.

  10. the truth
    12:42 pm June 18, 2011 Permalink

    Didn’t anderson’s bitch ass just transfer?

  11. RealTalk
    12:44 pm June 18, 2011 Permalink

    If Rotnei has truly spent the last couple of months studying Anderson’s system, then he must be a terrible student, as Anderson’s uptempo style is the absolute perfect system for him.

    Lots of easy transition baskets including PLENTY of opportunities for shooting the three. Take a look at the all-time leading 3-point scorers in the history of the Arkansas program.

    Did Pat Bradley, Scotty Thurman, Todd Day, Lee Mayberry, Jannero Pargo, Brandon Dean or even Alex Dillard have any trouble shooting the three in Nolan & Mike’s system? Nope. They flourished in it.

    But if he wants to go they should let him.

  12. Tokyo Satchel
    7:28 pm June 18, 2011 Permalink

    Whata douche Anderson is.