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Search Continues For Next Razorback Basketball Coach

JONESBORO, AR--Since the firing of Stan Heath, a number of fans have been holding their breath hoping that Texas A&M head coach Billy Gillispie would make the move to Fayetteville, but it appears he is staying put in the Lone Star State.

Another talked about coach, Kansas' Bill Self, has said he is content with the Jayhawks. So where does that leave the hogs?

With the two most talked about coaches seemingly off the board, athletic director Frank Broyles isn't saying who his next target will be. In the meantime fans are speculating as to who might be a good fit.

"I think they really need just defense, they aren't really a defensive team. They are pretty good on offense," said fan Arthur Cuble.

"With some of the things that have gone on in the program over the last couple years, it is hard to tell what kind of coach he wants," said fan Glenn Joiner.

"I am just hoping that Coach Broyles makes a wise decision on whomever he might select. I am sure he has some names in the back of his head," said Major Watts.

With two of the more high profile possibilities opting to stay with their current schools Razorback fans are wondering who will walk courtside next season.

"Boy that says a lot where we went from Bill Gillispie, to Bill Self, down to Tim Floyd," said Joiner.

Tim Floyd is one of well discussed options who should still be fresh in the minds of Hog fans after his USC Trojan team bumped Arkansas out of this years NCAA tournament. He is a former NBA coach for the Bulls and the Hornets. Fans shouldn't get their hopes too high; Floyd's team went to the Sweet 16 and will have the top rated freshman player coming to USC next year.

Another possibility, with professional experience, is former Atlanta Hawks and current UNLV coach Lon Kruger.

Nebraska coach and Arkansas alum Doc Sadler has been discussed; however he has told fans, he is happy in Lincoln, for now.

While fans are hopeful for a high profile coach, Arkansas could look to one of the mid-major schools for their next head man. Possibilities include Southern Illinois' Chris Lowery and Butler's Todd Lickliter.

With past success, some fans are hoping for a blast from the past.

"They need a coach, really one that will make them get down and get it, Nolan (Richardson) should come back. To be honest, I hope he comes back," said Cuble. 

Whoever eventually gets the job fans feel the future of the program is bright.

"I think that anybody who would be coming in at Arkansas could really make a difference and be a strong contender in the SEC." said Joiner.

 

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