Jimmy Dykes
Former women's basketball coach Jimmy Dykes looks on as the Arkansas Razorbacks face Auburn on Feb. 26.

Razorback women’s head coach Jimmy Dykes has resigned from his position, according to a university press release sent out Friday.

“It was a tremendous honor to be the head coach at my alma mater for the past three years,” Dykes said in the release. “I know in my heart, that God moved me into this position and I trust 100 percent that he is now moving me forward to something different.”

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said Dykes met with him at the conclusion of the basketball season Wednesday to let him know he would step down as head coach, according to the press release.

“I am appreciative of the effort Jimmy has demonstrated over the past three years to our program,” Long said in the release.

Dykes finished the 2016-17 season with a 13-17 record. The team started the season off strong, winning its first nine games but ended up going 2-14 in Southeastern Conference play.

Overall, he went 43-49 in three seasons at the helm of the women’s basketball program and led the Lady Razorbacks to one NCAA tournament berth in 2015.

Dykes’ team was the topic of much debate this past season after six players knelt during the national anthem before their game against Oklahoma Baptist on Nov. 3.

State politicians criticized the players’ actions and threatened to pull funding from the school if they continued to kneel. The team decided to stand for the rest of the season in response.

Alex Nicoll was the editor-in-chief of the Arkansas Traveler from 2017-2019. Before that, Alex was a sport designer, and he wrote stories for the news, lifestyles and sports sections.

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