Jonesboro, AR (KAIT)- Northeast Arkansas Razorback Club President John Roleson says the prospect of bringing Nolan Richardson on board the Arkansas State University Basketball program has him brimming with hope for the future.
"We're thrilled to death that Nolan would get the opportunity to take this job," said Roleson. "It would be tremendous for recruiting and getting ASU back on the map."
While Richardson's coaching style has been described by critics as before his time, it's the attraction of better players and higher season ticket sales that Roleson says, adds to his reputation as a force with which to be reckoned.
"More than anything he's a great recruiter," he said. "Secondly, it would be what kind of relationship he has with the players."
On coach Dickey Nutt's departure from the program, he says the move signifies change for the better.
"He'd been there a long time and had a great career. I think it's good to get new blood in there."
More than getting new blood, a new era of Arkansas State basketball would emerge, with the program catapulted into the national spotlight with a Richardson hire.
"He's a great coach. I didn't think he would fade off. He's getting on up there in age so I would love to see him have another run before he got too old."
Nolan was dismissed from the University of Arkansas in 2002. He started there in 1985 and led the university to an NCAA title in 1994.