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Arkansas fired Mike Anderson

(Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

(Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Add another head coaching vacancy to the carousel of Southeastern Conference basketball coaches this spring.

Arkansas parted ways with Mike Anderson on Tuesday, following an 18-16 season in which the Razorbacks failed to make the NCAA Tournament. The Razorbacks lost to Indiana in the second round of the NIT Tournament.

Anderson held the job for eight years, but only reached the Big Dance in three of the eight. His best season was 2014-15, when he led Arkansas to a 24-7 regular season record, a runner-up finish in the SEC Tournament, and a spot in the NCAA’s Round of 32.

With Anderson’s departure, there are now four job openings in the SEC, and a fifth, LSU, may open up soon once the Will Wade situation is settled.

It also means we won’t get to see Anderson blow by John Calipari in the handshake line after UK-Arkansas games. Those two really don’t care for one another.


In other Mike Anderson news, who told him it was OK to wear that shirt?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

26 Comments for Arkansas fired Mike Anderson

  1. lexcatfan2367
    5:00 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Looks like they’re going from one bad dresser to another.

  2. wafowlersr
    5:03 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Kelvin Sampson

  3. makeitstop
    5:09 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    U can bet our assistants will be candidates for some of these jobs… like everyone raids Nick Saban’s staff when looking for a coach in the SEC. Let’s hope it’s 2 weeks before anyone has time to interview.

    • satcheluk
      10:16 am March 27, 2019 Permalink

      Other than maybe Kenny, our assistants would not be qualified for a Big 5 coaching position. Likely Kenny wouldn’t either.

  4. sincitycat
    5:29 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    A Cal hater bites the dust.

  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:31 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    like Cal says, “There are two kinds of coaches out there. Coaches that can recruit great players and ex-coaches.”

  6. jetmaker754
    5:50 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Hey Mike, what day is it Mike? It’s Dump Day! ???

  7. Kat4Life
    5:50 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Good riddance. He was a surly little prick

    • Ridge Runner
      5:53 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink


    • jaws2
      6:27 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, never liked this guy. Dirty coach, dirty players.

    • magimae
      7:04 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

      Good bye Mr Prick, never showed Cal any respect

  8. Bluebloodtoo
    5:50 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    It’s about time. No idea why he lasted as long as he did. I sure wouldn’t want my son learning from him.

  9. 4everUKblue
    6:17 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll miss the fastest handshake in the SEC.

  10. ScottGreene22
    6:35 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Vandy Bama now the Hogg’s SEC going to have a new look next season.

  11. A_Blue_Wildcat
    6:48 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Bad decision in my opinion. Arkansas was going to bring back their whole team minus Gafford next year and likely would’ve made the tourney. I feel like more than likely most of the 5 SEC coach openings that exist now will end up being filled by worse coaches or coaches who are more of the same. Maybe I’ll be wrong but I could see Arkansas going from a competitive bubble team every year to becoming a bottom feeder because of this.

    • notFromhere
      7:48 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

      Bama and the hogs both f’ed up with their coaches

    • notFromhere
      7:49 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

      Neither were awesome coaches, but were the best they will likely get

    • Rixter
      9:15 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

      Slater, they sucked WITH Gafford.

    • catsarerunnin
      9:43 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

      Slater is the expert in suck.

  12. Nickerbocker05
    6:58 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Isahia Joe to UK!

  13. notFromhere
    7:47 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    Now the Cal to Arkansas rumors can be anonymously confirmed by espn insiders

  14. bbn606
    8:58 pm March 26, 2019 Permalink

    My least favorite and most classless coach in the conference.