Pelphrey Out At Arkansas

John Pelphrey is told Sunday after four seasons at the helm of the Arkansas basketball program that he will not be retained.

John Pelphrey will not be retained as the head basketball coach at Arkansas.

Pelphrey was told of that decision by athletic director Jeff Long on Sunday and Arkansas released this statement.

After a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of our men's basketball program, including an assessment of the overall student-athlete experience within our program, it is clear that we have not made the progress over the last four years that is necessary to return Razorback Basketball to a place of national relevance." Long said.

"As a program, our initial goals are to challenge for Southeastern Conference championships, compete in the NCAA Tournament and support our student-athletes in the pursuit of a degree. Our program's tradition demonstrates those goals are certainly attainable at the University of Arkansas," Long added.

"I want to thank John and his staff for their hard work and dedication to the Razorback program. I am appreciative of their efforts on behalf of the University of Arkansas."

There will also be a press conference at 6 p.m. this evening concerning the removal and the search for his successor, who will be the 15th coach in the program's history.

Pelphrey, 69-59 in four seasons at Arkansas and 142-127 overall including his previous stop at South Alabama, will be paid a reported $1.8 million buyout.

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