That changed on Monday when he met the media and took several questions regarding his time at Arkansas, his use of the word achieving and other topics that have been discussion points for fans and media recently.
Guards Rotnei Clarke and Mardracus Wade also addressed those things.
Here are some excerpts from the press conference along with video of the press conference:
• On facing the criticism:
"I understand pain from a personal standpoint of losing a child, from a personal standpoint of maybe not being the player that I needed to be. I've been booed. I got booed at Kentucky as a player when i went into the game for the wrong guy. I understand those things as a coach to have to go through a building process of multiple programs as an assistant and as a head coach.
"But I know the plan. I know how to get there because I've lived it as a player and as a coach. Criticism, I don't think anybody likes that. But I understand too that, and I believe this - I believe this wholeheartedly without exception - that what I'm experiencing as an individual, what our team experiences, which is not going to be any different than anybody else in this state - and it's not just limited to the state of Arkansas- everybody gets a chance to be a part of this. Whatever I'm going through or whatever we're experiencing, man it's strengthening us right now. It's getting ready to make us better. It's going to make us great. I have no reservation about that whatsoever."
• On his team, his job and the state:
"I love my team. I like these guys. They've let us coach them. They've been resilient. They've hung together. When you think of red you think of the Razorbacks and I love the Razorbacks. I am a Razorback. I love this state. It's the passion and the energy I identify with. I think I have that."
• Worried about not making it?
"My greatest priority is this basketball team. I have to stay focused on the moment at hand. I have to constantly make sure that I'm recasting the priority, the focus, the plan, make sure I'm keeping everybody focused, on task. Those are things I can control. I can bring everybody back into that. Ican make sure everybody understands the plan. I'm not perfect.
"Do i have moments in time where stuff may creep into me? Absolutely. I'm no different than anybody else. But like i said before, because I'm coaching from a couple different knotholes of what I've learned and what I've experienced and because i have a great faith, I think I can turn fear into faith pretty quickly I don't think I stay in the wrong place very long.
"Was i disappointed by the ending of the game against Georiga? Tthere was nobody in the state of Arkansas that was more disappointed with that than I and so on and so forth with every other opportunity that didn't end up the way we wanted it do. Does it mean that I'm going to display it like everybody else or voice my opinion? I think there's points in time where I have a platform to talk about how I feel or maybe get to show separate different emotions on occasion.
"But I think there's also a point in time where, hey, that guy's a leader. He better show that he's got a level of control and understanding and then obviously a chain of command. I have to follow, a protocol as well. But no for the most part, I'm pretty convictive with what I'm doing. "Again, everybody needs to hear me say this: I love the razorbacks. There is nothing cooler than that logo and that hog. That is a part of my fiber and a part of my being, of who i am. no, I'm fearless."
• Using the world overachieving so much? Not enough talent or using it the way Rick Pitino does as max effort?
"That may be the buzzword for the day that nobody likes.
"…Do i think this team is the most talented team in the country? No, I don't," Pelphrey said. "Do those guys understand that? i think they do. Does that mean they can't have success? No. Does that mean that we need to overachieve? Absolutely. That's a mentality. That's an attitude that needs to take place. Yeah, there may be a disconnect when some people hear that."
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ROTNEI CLARKE AND MARDRACUS WADE:
• Belief in your coach?
"I believe in Coach (Pelphrey). I think everyone does. It is a different team than last year. We have a lot of guys that are a lot more united. We have got a different chemistry level than we did last year.
"I think he has a right to be passionate (about this team). For one, it is Valentine's Day. Another is that we come out and practice hard every single day. No matter if it is a win or loss, we work as hard as we possibly can. There is nobody slacking off. That is the stuff you like to see, especially coming from a coach and from us. We like to see each other out there working hard and working together, sweating and playing as hard as we can. I think that transferred over into the game, our last game against LSU. Hopefully we can continue that. I can see where he is coming from as hard we work and prepare."
• On his use of the word overachieving:
"I think everyone can overachieve at some point, no matter if it is how hard you are working. It doesn't necessarily have to be the talent level. We feel like some people our doubting us and thinking we are going to quit after having a losing streak of three games, whatever it was or whatever situation we were in. We get together, we work hard and we get prepared for every single game. We do that throughout the rest of the season and we will be okay."
"When he says overachieving to us, he knows there are some stuff on the court that we can do better. He sees that in us, he has that confidence in us. He knows we can overachieve in some of those parts. We just have to believe in him and believe in his system and what we are need to do what we are capable of doing."
• Asked about criticism of coach and team from fans and media:
"I try not to read anything, I try to listen to anything, I just try to block it out. We are worried about our team, we are worried about our season, we are worried about each other. That is really all that matters. We had a lot of fan support at the last game and we really appreciated that. We have some passionate fans and they expect us to win and we understand that. We want to definitely do that, but I have tried to keep my mind as focused on what is ahead of us and what is in this season and not worry about the negative things that people are saying."
"I am a different person (than Rotnei). I feed off that off that energy. It is like fuel to my fire to play harder when people are out there dowing you. I'm like the underdog. I like feeling like that, like my back is against the wall. I know our guys can do it because we have showed that we can do it."
John Pelphrey reacts to a play in Saturday's win over LSU.