Pelphrey a victim of climbing too fast

After reading Larry Vaughts recent column on for Wildcat John Pelphrey one gets the feeling that his leash is exceedingly short with the Razorbacks heading into this season.

In coaching experience John Pelphrey, like his predecessor at Arkansas, is still a little wet behind the ears. He is not the grizzled veteran that coaches like Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson were when Arkansas was viewed as a power first in the old Southwest Conference and then the Southeastern Conference.

Pelphrey's problem is that the expectations laid at his feet are to achieve the same way the two veteran coaches did for he Razorbacks in their heyday from the mid-70's to late-90's.

Anything less and he is going to be viewed as a failure.

For Pelphrey the problem is the series of circumstances that aligned to bring him to Fayetteville as something other than one of the top choices of the Razorbacks during their most recent coaching search. Pelphrey came to Arkansas with a modicum of success under his belt, but had not won big at South Alabama, and had not won consistently. His primarily claims to fame were his Kentucky heritage and his being a long time assistant to Billy Donovan at Marshall and then Florida.

With big expectations and a track record of late that is less than the one that Stan Heath was shown the door for producing I can't help but feel that this may be Pelphrey's finale in Fayetteville.

Who replaces Pelphrey if this proves to be his last season at the Arkansas helm? Mike Anderson comes to mind first, followed by former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie.

One question remains. Can Arkansas appeal to a big name after being out of the spotlight for more than a decade?

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