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Eric Musselman and his family with Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek.

 

 

The search is over.

After looking for a new face to head the Arkansas men’s basketball program for almost two weeks, Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek named Eric Musselman as the Razorbacks’ head coach Sunday afternoon.

"(Musselman) was practically born into the game, and his passion for basketball is unmistakable," Yurachek said in a press release. "He has been successful throughout his career, including the remarkable job he did in returning the University of Nevada into a perennial NCAA Tournament team.”

After being a head coach in the NBA for three seasons, Musselman most recently spent four years in Reno, Nevada, where he compiled a 110-34 record and three-straight Mountain West Conference titles at the University of Nevada. Nevada was ranked as high as No. 5 in the AP poll this year, finishing the year ranked No. 20. The Wolf Pack also reached the NCAA Tournament in each of those three seasons, reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 2018.

Musselman spent 23 years in the NBA and the NBA Development League both as an assistant and head coach, including stops with the Sacramento Kings and Golden State Warriors as head coach.

Arkansas signed Musselman to a deal worth $12.5 million over five years. Musselman will receive $1.5 million more per year than when he was at Nevada.

Former Arkansas coach Mike Anderson was fired March 26 after going 18-16 and earning a trip to the National Invitation Tournament this season.

 

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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