FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas assistant basketball coach Isaac Brown confirmed to Hawgs Illustrated he was reassigned from his role as one of three main assistants Sunday, just three days after the Razorbacks finished with their second consecutive losing season.
"It's true," Brown told Hawgs Illustrated's Dudley Dawson.
Dawson later confirmed with sources that Brown has not been fired as previously indicated from various reports.
Brown, who joined John Pelphrey's staff at Arkansas in 2007, leaves after three years at the school. He had previously spent five years with Pelphrey at South Alabama. Brown's contract, along with other Razorback assistants Rob Evans and Tom Ostrom, is set to expire on June 30, the end of the university's fiscal year. No public decision has been made on Evans' or Ostrom's future. Brown had no further comment.
Arkansas finished this season 14-18 overall and on a six-game losing streak, capped by a 77-64 loss to Georgia Thursday night in the SEC Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Pelphrey was asked following the game how he felt about his assistant coaches and if there would be any changes to his staff.
"I feel very comfortable with the guys we've got," Pelphrey said. "I think continuity helps you continue to grow and get better. I think we have that with our staff. Those guys obviously work very hard.
"As a coaching staff, I think we put ourselves in a situation to compete for a championship this year. Obviously, our first year we didn't have a whole lot to do with putting that team together but sometimes that's the hardest thing to do is coach a team and be able to get them together and play well. Yeah, I feel very comfortable with those guys."
Brown made $132,000 annually, according to figures obtained last week by the Arkansas News Bureau in a Freedom of Information request.
Pelphrey, who is 51-46 in three years at Arkansas, was publicly supported by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long following Thursday's game and is expected to return next season.
Brown reassigned at Arkansas
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