Anderson: Clarke Fine

Rotnei Clarke wanted a release so who could transfer, but new Arkansas coach Mike Anderson has already had a workout with the guard and a meeting with his parents. Things seem to be "fine."

New coach Mike Anderson didn't need long to get things settled with guard Rotnei Clarke, a senior-to-be with the Arkansas basketball team.

Clarke's uncle told a Tulsa newspaper last week that the Oklahoma native wanted a release so he could transfer out of the Arkansas program. Athletic director Jeff Long said he denied the release paperwork so that a new coach would have a chance at talking with Clarke first.

Anderson put Clarke and others through individual workouts Monday, the first day since spring break. Anderson told a statewide radio audience Monday afternoon that all was "fine" with Clarke and his family. Anderson felt comfortable that Clarke was staying after he went over specifics of the offense and style.

"I worked him out today and I met with Rotnei and his family," Anderson said. "They are fine. It's going to be fine.

"We went over things. I explained that we don't play run and gun, we run and execute. Rotnei is a student of the game."

Anderson indicated again that all members of what was his staff at Missouri have confirmed that they are following him to Arkansas. He also said it was "too early" to know exact plans, but he's already been approached about holding Midnight Madness festivities when basketball practices begin. He said he likened them to "sneak previews" and thought they were a good idea.

Hawgs Daily Top Stories