No Meeting Yet, News Conference Today

FAYETTEVILLE -- The postseason evaluation for Arkansas basketball coach Stan Heath hasn't been finished, and athletic director Frank Broyles will not meet with Heath until later this week.

Meanwhile, Heath will address the media at a 4 p.m. news conference today to recap the season. He has held a similar gathering a few days after the conclusion of every of the past four seasons.

Broyles arrived Monday in Augusta, Ga., for a golf tournament and his assistant, Donita Ritchie, said he wouldn't return until late Wednesday night. Heath and several of his assistants were at their Bud Walton Arena offices for a majority of the day Monday, though, the future of Arkansas' fifth-year coach is unknown.

The Razorbacks' season ended Friday with a first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Southern California in Spokane, Wash.

There is speculation that Heath could be fired. Another possibility is that Heath could accept another job. His name was published in Sunday reports by The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press as a possible candidate for the now-vacant coaching position at Michigan.

A source close to the basketball program told The Morning News after a Feb. 24 loss to Tennessee that Heath would be fired without an NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Razorbacks immediately went on a five-game winning streak, reaching the Southeastern Conference Tournament final and earning a No. 12 seed in the tournament.

But the source didn't guarantee that Heath would keep his job with an NCAA Tournament appearance. Also, a source within the Arkansas athletic department said, at the time, that no such ultimatum existed.

Heath took over at Arkansas in 2002 and increased the Hogs' win total every season before this one -- from nine to 12 to 18 to 22. The Hogs finished 21-14 this season and made their second consecutive tournament appearance. They lost in the first round last year, as well, 59-55 to Bucknell.

Lagging attendance and revenue have contributed to frustrated fans and boosters calling for Heath's job. About 2,000 less season tickets were sold for this season than last. Actual attendance was down this season to 14,439 per game, about a 3.5 percent decrease from last.


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