MBB Coach Fired

Former head coach Mike Anderson (left) talks to redshirt sophomore guard Jalen Harris (right) Dec. 8, 2018 during the Razorbacks’ matchup against Western Kentucky.

After serving eight seasons at the helm of the Razorback men’s basketball program, Mike Anderson is no longer the head coach for the Hogs after university officials dismissed him Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release from Razorback Athletics.

Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek pointed to the lack of consistency against competitive schools as a basis of his decision, he said.

“After a review of the program, including an analysis of the past eight years and a look forward, I have made a decision that a change in leadership will best position our men’s basketball program for future success,” Yurachek said.

Anderson has been a part of the Razorback basketball program for 25 years, an assistant from 1985-2002, and notched a 169-102 record during his tenure as head coach in Fayetteville.

In 2018-19, Anderson’s squad went 18-16 and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. Anderson made another appearance in the NIT at Arkansas in 2014 and also led the team to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Some of the players from this year’s team took to social media to express their thoughts on Anderson’s firing.

Sophomore forward and 2019 NBA Draft prospect Daniel Gafford tweeted soon after the dismissal was announced by Razorback Athletics that he “hate(s) that this happened, but it is (an) opening to another blessing” for Anderson.

Sophomore guard Jalen Harris posted a picture of him and Anderson on Instagram with the caption, “Man, this one hurt.”

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately, Yurachek said.


Drew Watzke is the sports editor of the Arkansas Traveler. Previously, he worked as a sports writer and columnist from 2018-2019.

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