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A late night twitter bomb from Tulsa sparks a firestorm of speculation across the internet about whether Mike Anderson's hiring as the new head coach at Arkansas is imminent.

A nice quiet Saturday night heated up with one simple twitter bomb.

It was lobbed by highly-respected Tulsa sportscaster Chris Lincoln of KTUL, who sent the following tweet out and then watched all heck break loose in the twitter and internet worlds:

"Reports out of Arkansas say Mizzou coach Mike Anderson to be introduced tomorrow (Sunday) in Fayetteville as Razorbacks new head basketball coach."

Hawgs Illustrated quickly contacted its sources and was told there was no press conference set up, no deal finalized and no decision made.

CBS college basketball writer Gary Parrish followed with this:

"Missouri coach Mike Anderson is close to reaching an agreement in principle to become Arkansas' men's basketball coach, but a deal has not been finalized and no formal introduction is planned for Sunday, a source close to the Arkansas program told CBSSports.com late Saturday."

Lincoln later noted that it was "not set in stone" in terms of Arkansas and Anderson, who was an assistant for 17 seasons at Arkansas and then coached at UAB.

But it was too late –other outlets soon put it up, basketball fans in the states of Missouri and Arkansas reacted and soon a few fledged wildfire was heading across the country.

Former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson was contacted Saturday night by sports writer Robbie Neiswanger.

"I don't know anything about him going there," said Richardson, who coached Anderson and had him as a long-time assistant.

Would Anderson tell Richardson? Most would think that would definitely happen.

"Maybe," Richardson hedged. "Maybe not. I don't know."

Richardson also talked to the Missourian Sports Blog.

"They know more than I know if that's the case," Richardson said. "I think they know more than Mike knows."

Richardson was asked about whether any talks between Arkansas and Anderson would continue.

"I don't know anything about that," Richardson said. "Mike is his own man and he will make his own decision."

Anderson started his day watching unsigned prospect Otto Porter at the Missouri State High School Championships in Columbia and then moved on to the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.

Porter (6-9, 200) had 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead Scott County Central (29-2) to its third straight state title by downing Dadeville 69-54.

Some of the other candidates being mentioned were in action Saturday or will be today.

UCLA's Ben Howland, Kansas State's Frank Martin and Cincinnati's Mick Cronin all saw their teams lose Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.

Marquette head coach Buzz Williams will lead his Golden Eagles against fellow Big East Club Syracuse on Sunday and VCU's Shaka Smart has his club up against Purdue.

Wichita State's Gregg Marshall has his Shockers playing at Virginia Tech in the NIT Sunday morning at 10 a.m.


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