A media source recently noted that "John beter realize he could be in trouble this year" when I asked how Pelphrey was handling the lack of success Arkansas had in Southeastern Conference play last year. The source speculated that Pelphrey might be "in over his head" at Arkansas.
Kevin Trainor, head of media relations at Arkansas, called to note that Pelphrey's contract has been rolled over twice at Arkansas and now runs through 2014. That's not what a school does unless the coach has its unconditional support.
"We have supported John and remain supportive of John," Trainor said. "He has a contract through 2014 and that shows what our administration thinks about him."
Pelphrey has set up several charitable foundations in Arkansas and has been in active in community relations during his two years there, something that would not surprise Kentucky fans because he was one of the most popular UK players ever when he was part of "The Unforgettables" under coach Rick Pitino.
"We want our program to continue to thrive. We want to build a program the right way. That might not mean immediate success, but it will mean long-term success and that is what John is doing," Trainor said. "The person who said those things about John does not represent what our administration believes on that. We do not want a perception created that our administration feels that way. Our administration supports John and always has."
Sort of sounds like the approach Lee Todd and Mitch Barnhart took at Kentucky with Rich Brooks — and look how well that worked out for everyone.